Focus on Building Professional Resiliency in 2023
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by Kimberly Ben
3w ago
For the past few months, folks have been reaching out, concerned about an impending recession and how it could affect the job market. It does look a lot like the writing’s on the wall, but I’m no economist so I’ll hold off on making any predictions. Still, all the signs are there: the hiring momentum we’ve experienced for most for 2021 has slowed a bit and some companies have announced layoffs and hiring freezes. Just today, Amazon announced 18K layoffs! Even so, as I type this the job market is still holding strong as companies are still hiring and paying competitive salaries. One thing you c ..read more
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3 Tips for Not Confusing My Company with TopResume, a.k.a. Talent World, Inc.
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by Kimberly Ben
8M ago
I get it, I do. Our company names are eerily similar, so it’s not like I don’t understand how people might confuse our companies at first glance. After all, we ARE both selling resume writing services. But if you look a little closer, you’ll soon see that’s where the similarities end. As far as I can tell, my company, Top Resume Writing & Career Services, launched around the same time as TopResume, also known as Talent World, Inc. (which honestly just adds to the confusion). I can recall the first time one of the competitor’s customers called me by mistake. We spent a  lot of time scr ..read more
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Understanding the Federal Job Search and USAJOBS Application Process
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by Kimberly Ben
10M ago
Growing up in a city full of Federal employment opportunities, snagging a government job was pretty much akin to hitting the career jackpot. Truth be told, there are quite a few benefits that come with government jobs like higher salaries, comprehensive benefits, and competitive retirement plans, and increased job security, even during economic instability. When your goal is landing a government job, it’s important to understand that the application process has some key differences from the civilian application process. There are some similarities like the importance of using keywords and spot ..read more
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Case Study 1: Successful Career Change from Bank Manager to CPA
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by Kimberly Ben
1y ago
One consistent trend I’ve noticed as we ride out job searching in the Covid era is the number of people who decided to take control of their careers to transition into completely new jobs. Reasons range from increasing their earning potential to creating better work/life balance. Regardless of the personal goal, shifting into a different career is a complicated process. In fact, the decision to leave a comfortable, well-paid job for something totally new takes guts! Meet Todd In my 15+ years working as s a career professional, I have assisted numerous individuals in achieving a successful care ..read more
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This isn’t Your Dad’s Resume
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by Kimberly Ben
1y ago
A lot has changed in hiring practices since your father put together a resume to embark on a job search. To be honest, a lot has changed in resume writing best practices over the last 5 years. From time to time, I’ll work with a client who recognizes they need help because their job search is not resulting in interviews. The Importance of a Job-Focused Resume I work closely with the client to deliver a resume and accompanying documents that match their skills, strengths, and achievements to the type of job position they’re targeting. Most clients can see that the documents better align them to ..read more
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3 Reasons Why Employers Aren’t Responding to Your Resume
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by Kimberly Ben
1y ago
Since my previous post discussion exploring some of the common reasons behind slow or stalled communications with a company following a great interview (and in some cases an “unofficial” job offer), lots of people reached out to share their own stories and to gain a better understanding of why this might be happening. When all you hear on the news is that there are a record number of job openings and companies are desperate for employees, you just don’t anticipate these hiring stops and starts. It’s completely frustrating. Sometimes the problem is simple enough to correct with just a few small ..read more
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4 Reasons Why Companies are Taking So Long to Hire
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by Kimberly Ben
1y ago
I’ve been hearing a lot from job seekers about stalled communications following what appeared to be a successful interview (or following a series of interviews). The general consensus: the interview went really well – you may have even received an unofficial (not in writing) offer. But since that time, no one has reached out to make an offer or discuss next steps. You’re in limbo, wondering if you should continue being patient or make a move to follow up with an inquiry. Hiring stalls are more common now than you might expect. Covid led to a lot of structural instability for many companies an ..read more
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Why is a College Degree a Requirement for Nearly Every Job?
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by Kimberly Ben
1y ago
How many times have you come across the perfect job where you meet each and every single requirement except one – having a bachelor’s degree? Even more frustrating are those jobs that shouldn’t require a 4-year degree to do the work but do! In these cases, a college degree is the ONLY thing standing in the way of you and a job. What if I told you that college degrees won’t be the focus of determining a job candidate’s qualifications in the (near) future? And would you believe me if I told you that this shift is happening already? Job Requirements are Changing In my last post, I wrote briefly a ..read more
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Upskilling and Reskilling are Your Key to Career Longevity
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by Kimberly Ben
1y ago
The need for advanced employee skills is growing at a faster pace than anticipated. The events of 2020 drove the need for companies to quickly transition their employees to remote operations. From a hiring perspective, company’s face the challenge of building an agile and scalable workforce. Did you know that in the last 3 years, the number of skills required in the workplace has increased from 178 to 924 skills? Companies want employees that are actively engaging in these skills. More and more companies are on the hunt for qualified candidates that are self-professed life-long learners. If yo ..read more
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Plan Your Exit from a Toxic Work Environment
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by Kimberly Ben
1y ago
One thing I’ve noticed since the Covid-19 shelter in place orders were first initiated in 2020, a lot of professionals had been working in jobs they didn’t much care for (for various reasons). When you’re working a job where your contributions go unappreciated, or the workplace culture is just not a good fit, it’s time to explore new opportunities. As someone who’s been there and done that in their own career past life, I quickly learned that making yourself a priority in your personal and career lives is paramount. No one will do it for you. Don’t waste your time and talent suffering in an en ..read more
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