Sunday, 17 June 2018

🎯 17 Creative Targeted Resumes That Got Quick Job Interviews

These job seekers made resumes that recruiters couldn't ignore.

17 Creative Targeted Resumes That Got Quick Job Interviews

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Many people see job search as a numbers game: if you apply to enough companies, you'll eventually get hired.

The consequences of that strategy range from the boredom of a repetitious application process, to getting few responses from recruiters, to not feeling any progress in general and ultimately, taking the first offer that comes along, often from a company that you have no clue if you want to work at.

Instead, smart job seekers research a few potential employers and roles as early as possible in their job search, and then focus on them directly. It makes a lot more sense.

At the very least, they'll create a targeted resume, meaning a resume that's tailored for each employer and job opening.

You might think that would be enough, but some job seekers take it to another level and tailor their entire job search for the job they want. They put it in a lot more work up front, but when done well, the odds of getting more and better recruiter responses goes up a lot.

Here are 17 examples of job seekers who did just that.

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17 examples of creative resumes that recruiters loved

1) GQ Magazine

Sumukh Mehta resume

Sumukh Mehta resume page 2

What they did: To impress the Editor-in-Chief of the UK version of GQ magazine, Sumukh Mehta made a 20-page resume styled just like an actual edition of GQ. It took him more than 3 weeks to make.

Did it work? YES. It worked so well, he was offered a job immediately, without even being interviewed.

 

2) Wieden + Kennedy New York

What they did: Copywriter Chase Zreet loves Sprite and wanted to work on their ad campaign, run by Wieden + Kennedy New York. To get their attention, he sent in a cover letter like any other job seeker… except that his cover letter was a video of him rapping about Sprite and why he could write great ads for it.

Did it work? YES. The video has almost 1M views and Zreet started working at Wieden+Kennedy in April 2018.

 

3) SlideRocket

What they did: When Hanna Phan saw a job opening at SlideRocket (now part of ClearSlide), she used their own product to make a “presentation resume” video about why she would be a great fit. Her story went viral and inspired others.

Did it work? YES. She was hired as a Product Manager at SlideRocket in September 2011. Not only that, but 2 months later, SlideRocket announced “Présumés”, presentation templates that make it easy for job seekers to copy Hanna's idea. Reading between the lines, it sounds like the company loved her idea so much, they hired her to create the product for others.

 

4) Amazon

philippe dubost resume

What they did: To get a job at Amazon, Philippe Dubost put his resume online, making it look like he was a product being sold on Amazon.

Did it work? YES. Two months, 1.5M visitors, a lot of online coverage and 150 (that's 1-5-0) job offers later, he decided to join a startup called Birchbox. He then updated the resume to say that he's currently unavailable.

 

5) Google

eric gandhi resume

What they did: Eric Gandhi wanted a job as a designer for Google, so he designed his resume to look like a Google search results page and sent it in.

Did it work? YES. “Within 30 minutes of applying with this resume for a designer position on Google’s website, Eric got a call for an interview and was offered a marketing position in the end” which he rejected because it wasn't design-oriented enough. However, after also posting the resume on his website, it went viral, attracting interviews from employers and he quickly got hired.

 

6) Google (2)

What they did: Matthew Epstein wanted to work at Google so badly that he created a website called “Google, please hire me. Matthew Epstein.” with the above video resume.

Did it work? YES. While Google did interview him, they didn't hire him. However, his video went viral, getting over 450K views and attracting over 80 interview offers. It took him only 3 weeks to accept his dream job offer at a San Francisco-based startup.

 

7) Pinterest

jeanne pinterest resume

What they did: To get Pinterest's attention, Jeanne Hwang Lam put her tailored resume online in the form of the ‘JEANNE | for Pinterest!' pinboard.

Did it work? YES. Pinterest contacted her, and although they didn’t hire her, her pinboard resume did net her job offers from other companies.

 

8) Instagram

dearinstagram alice lee resume

What they did: Alice Lee wanted a job at Instagram so badly that she created DearInstagram.byAliceLee.com, a website showing a combination cover letter/resume infographic explaining what she would bring to the company.

Did it work? YES. Instagram founder Kevin Systrom called Alice, and although they didn't hire her, the viral buzz she generated directly led to a job at another company.

 

9) Airbnb

nina4airbnb resume

What they did: After spending a year playing the numbers game mentioned above and applying for hundreds of openings and getting nowhere, Nina Mufleh changed her strategy. Her “goal was to focus on only one result: getting a job with a high impact team where I can do really cool work.” She aimed for Airbnb by building a website where she analyzed the global tourism market and suggested where Airbnb should focus next. And of course, the site was styled to look like a page on Airbnb.com.

Did it work? YES. Nina4Airbnb went viral, attracting dozens of job interviews including with Airbnb. Although she was disappointed by them, she quickly got hired at Upwork.com (one of the top freelance marketplaces online).

 

10) Quiksilver

Thomas Groc resume

What they did: Hoping to get a job at surfing company Quiksilver, Thomas Groc created his online resume by copying the look of the company's official website.

Did it work? YES, Quiksilver invited Thomas to a job interview.

 

11) Innocent

Onja Lola Delezinier resume

What they did: Onja Lola Delezinier applied for a marketing internship at French juice company Innocent by making her resume look like one of their bottle labels. She then dropped off the bottle and a paper CV at their offices.

Did it work: NO, at first. Although Innocent were impressed by what she did, they had no marketing job openings at the time.

However, Lola persisted…

lola resume

lola resume 2

What they did: a few months after her first attempt to get an internship at Innocent France, Onja Lola Delezinier tried again. This time, she parodied one of their juice cartons with her resume information.

Did it work? YES. This time, she did get an interview but she wasn't offered a job.

 

12) Ogilvy & Mather

Saaniya Abbas's Yogilvy animated resume

What they did: Aiming for a job at advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather, Saaniya Abbas created a website with an animated resume with lots of positive words around the name “Ogilvy”.

Did it work? YES and NO, according to her LinkedIn profile. Her animated resume was featured in many places online and it's around that time she changed jobs, so it seems that the buzz did help her get another job.

 

13) Darewin PR

What they did: Benoit Finck said that “when entertainment agency Darewin called for applications asking to be entertained, I put together a supercut of their main clients to introduce myself.”

Did it work? YES. The video went viral but more importantly, he “got to work with the agency on various freelance projects.”

 

14) Michel & Augustin

What they did: To apply for a job as an Event Coordinator at the famous French cookie company, Margaux Barre organized an event AT the company: the tasting of a massive cookie she baked for them.

Did it work? YES, she was interviewed after the event by their head of HR, although she ultimately didn't get hired.

 

15) Bortársaság

baji bernadett resume

What they did: To apply for a job at Bortársaság, a Hungarian wine distribution company, Bernadett Baji had a designer friend arrange her CV as a label for one of their wine bottles.

Did it work? YES, she was interviewed and hired by the company.

 

16) Sherry Design Studios

Hannah Hugues resume

What they did: To apply for a design internship at Sherry Design Studios, Hannah Hughes created a unique CV based on the company's slogan: “Creativity means nothing if it doesn’t hit the target.” A USB key in the shape of an arrow, it contains her resume as an animated presentation, including a personalized message for their recruiter Chris.

Did it work? YES. Their creative director contacted her right away and was very interested in having her as an intern, but she received a full-time job offer in parallel and she accepted that job instead.

 

17) Partners + Napier

Taira Perrault resume

What they did: Taira Perrault researched Partners + Napier and discovered that CEO Sharon Napier loves basketball, so she sent in her resume attached to a small basketball game.

Did it work? YES. Napier loved the idea and Taira was later hired as an associate art director.

What makes a good creative, targeted resume?

Some takeaways from these fantastic resumes:

1) Having the creative resume go viral was often a key condition to getting many job interview invites quickly

2) Getting the creative resume to go viral means doing something original and/or executing really well, and even then it's not guaranteed to happen

3) Even if the creative resume goes viral, it's not guaranteed to lead to job offers, but you will get a lot of attention and job interview invites

4) The creative resume can still work even if it doesn't go viral if highly and accurately targets a key hiring decision maker

5) The best creative resumes are ones that show off your expertise at the skills the potential employer cares about most

How can you create your own creative, targeted resume?

Nina Mufleh's Nina4Airbnb website has a downloadable whitepaper explaining in detail how she created and managed her campaign, and there are lots of good ideas there to inspire you.

Question of the article

Which of these resumes is your favorite and why? Do you know of any others we should add to the list? Tell us in the comments.

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Friday, 8 June 2018

😥 You’re Not Alone If You Think of Suicide On Your Job Search

You're not alone because many others think of it, and you're not alone because many others will help you avoid it.

You're Not Alone If You Think of Suicide On Your Job Search

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This is something I've meant to blog about for a while.

I wasn't sure it would come across properly, but if this helps even one job seeker considering suicide, it's worth it. I regret not having done it sooner.

Back in 2006, after my previous employer decided to outsource my entire team's work, I was living in Paris, France, and trying to find a job in Israel when I had the idea to start JobMob as a way to learn about blogging by blogging about that job search.

I did ultimately find a job in Israel and we moved from Paris in 2007, but I kept blogging because I discovered that I really enjoyed helping other job seekers like you.

There were also more selfish reasons.

Among them, I thought that by learning more about job search as I blogged, I could protect myself from ever feeling job search depression again like I had back in 2002.

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Looking back at it now, my job search depression was relatively light compared to so many stories I've seen since then, but that rough period of life really surprised me and made me realize that your career is no joke and your life can literally depend on it.

I never considered suicide. However, the tough time brought back memories of two cute little boys I used to babysit as a teenager. They lived in a nice neighborhood, in a nice house, and their parents had nice cars who would go out often and to good restaurants around town.

All until their father was let go from his white collar job. This led to a noticeable change in the house, even in the eyes of a soon-to-be former babysitter.

Then one busy morning during rush hour, the father walked in front of a subway train.

I was reminded of this story again when a JobMob reader emailed me for advice, saying:

My situation stinks and I have contemplated suicide. I often find myself alone and depressed with no optimism for my future. I feel like a wounded soldier in battle who has been left to die in the trenches, after broken promises.

Absolutely heart-wrenching.

And not uncommon. Many job seekers reach this low point:

And many, many job seekers go all the way with it:

Unemployment over the period 2000 to 2011 was responsible for 45,000 [deaths], an analysis in the journal Lancet Psychiatry has found.

The authors say their findings suggest that suicide prevention strategies need to target those who lose their jobs even in countries unaffected by recession. They found the suicide risk among the unemployed was stronger where more people were in work and the situation of the jobless was therefore more unusual.

My response to the JobMob reader began this way:

Please don't commit suicide! It's a permanent solution to a short-term problem*, and I'm not glossing over it: I've been depressed myself and I know that it feels like “this is the way my life is now”. It's not. Seek help. At the very least, call a national suicide hotline asap

(* a line I've heard Philip DeFranco say)

If you're feeling this down or know someone who is, please, PLEASE, follow this advice.

Here's a list that should help.

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Suicide prevention hotlines around the world

Australia

Suicide Prevention Australia

Call: 13 11 14 or 1300 659 467

Canada

Crisis Services Canada

Call: 1-833-456-4566

India

OneLife

Call: 78930 78930

Israel

ERAN (I've blogged about them in the past)

Call: 1201

Philippines

Natasha Goulbourn Foundation

Call: (02) 804-HOPE (4673) or 0917 558 HOPE (4673)

South Africa

Lifeline

Call: 0861 322 322

UK

Samaritans

Call: 116 123 (UK) or 116 123 (ROI)

USA

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Call: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

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What would you have said to the JobMob reader thinking of suicide, in my place? Tell us in the comments.

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Saturday, 2 June 2018

✅ 500+ Positive Action Verbs To Actually Use on Your Resume

These powerful positive action verbs make your resume achievements sound even more impressive.

500+ Positive Action Verbs To Actually Use on Your Resume

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Good resumes highlight achievements that are relevant to the job you're applying for.

But there's a trap.

On the one hand, these are your achievements, so it could make sense to write “I grew…”, “I built…”, “I led…” and so on.

On the other hand, there's a good reason why first-person resumes are frowned upon: as the saying goes, there's no “I” in “team”, and all those “I's” make you sound self-centered with a big ego.

The solution?

Write your resume in the 3rd person, and begin each achievement mention or bullet point with a different positive action verb. Using action words this way implies the achievements are yours without you appearing conceited.

Here's a long this list of powerful action verb examples to get you started.

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All the resume action verbs you’ll ever need

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In alphabetical order:

  1. Accelerated
  2. Accomplished
  3. Accounted for
  4. Accumulated
  5. Achieved
  6. Acquired
  7. Acted
  8. Activated
  9. Active in
  10. Adapted
  11. Addressed
  12. Adjusted
  13. Administered
  14. Advanced
  15. Advertised
  16. Advised
  17. Advocated
  18. Affected
  19. Aided
  20. Alerted
  21. Allocated
  22. Amplified
  23. Analyzed
  24. Answered
  25. Anticipated
  26. Applied
  27. Appointed
  28. Appraised
  29. Approved
  30. Arbitrated
  31. Arranged
  32. Arraigned
  33. Arrested
  34. Articulated
  35. Ascertained
  36. Aspired
  37. Assembled
  38. Assessed
  39. Assigned
  40. Assisted
  41. Assumed responsibility
  42. Assured
  43. Attained
  44. Attracted
  45. Audited
  46. Authored
  47. Automated
  48. Awarded
  49. Balanced
  50. Billed
  51. Blazed
  52. Boosted
  53. Bought
  54. Briefed
  55. Broadened
  56. Budgeted
  57. Built
  58. Calculated
  59. Campaigned
  60. Captured
  61. Carried out
  62. Cataloged
  63. Caused
  64. Centralized
  65. Chaired
  66. Championed
  67. Changed
  68. Channeled
  69. Charted
  70. Checked
  71. Clarified
  72. Classified
  73. Closed
  74. Coached
  75. Co-directed
  76. Collaborated
  77. Collected
  78. Co-managed
  79. Combined
  80. Commanded
  81. Commended
  82. Commented
  83. Communicated
  84. Compared
  85. Compiled
  86. Completed
  87. Composed
  88. Computed
  89. Conceived
  90. Conceptualized
  91. Condensed
  92. Conducted
  93. Conferred
  94. Conserved
  95. Considered
  96. Consolidated
  97. Constructed
  98. Consulted
  99. Contacted
  100. Contained
  101. Contracted
  102. Contributed
  103. Controlled
  104. Converted
  105. Convicted
  106. Coordinated
  107. Corrected
  108. Correlated
  109. Corresponded
  110. Corroborated
  111. Costed
  112. Counseled
  113. Counted
  114. Created
  115. Critiqued
  116. Crowned
  117. Cultivated
  118. Cured
  119. Customized
  120. Cut
  121. Dealt with
  122. Decided
  123. Decreased
  124. Defined
  125. Delegated
  126. Delivered
  127. Demonstrated
  128. Described
  129. Designated
  130. Designed
  131. Detected
  132. Determined
  133. Developed
  134. Devised
  135. Diagnosed
  136. Directed
  137. Discovered
  138. Dispatched
  139. Dispensed
  140. Displayed
  141. Dissected
  142. Distinguished
  143. Distributed
  144. Documented
  145. Doubled
  146. Drafted
  147. Drove
  148. Earned
  149. Economized
  150. Edited
  151. Educated
  152. Effected
  153. Eliminated
  154. Emphasized
  155. Employed
  156. Empowered
  157. Enabled
  158. Enacted
  159. Encouraged
  160. Ended
  161. Endorsed
  162. Energized
  163. Enforced
  164. Engaged
  165. Engineered
  166. Enhanced
  167. Enlarged
  168. Enlisted
  169. Ensured
  170. Entertained
  171. Established
  172. Estimated
  173. Evaluated
  174. Examined
  175. Exceeded
  176. Executed
  177. Expanded
  178. Expedited
  179. Experienced
  180. Experimented
  181. Explained
  182. Explored
  183. Expressed
  184. Extended
  185. Extracted
  186. Fabricated
  187. Facilitated
  188. Familiarized
  189. Fashioned
  190. Filed
  191. Filled
  192. Finalized
  193. Financed
  194. Fine-tuned
  195. Fixed
  196. Focused
  197. Forecast
  198. Forecasted
  199. Formed
  200. Formulated
  201. Fostered
  202. Found
  203. Founded
  204. Fulfilled
  205. Functioned as
  206. Furnished
  207. Gained
  208. Gathered
  209. Generated
  210. Graded
  211. Graduated
  212. Granted
  213. Grew
  214. Guided
  215. Halved
  216. Handled
  217. Harmonized
  218. Harnessed
  219. Headed
  220. Helped
  221. Hired
  222. Hypothesized
  223. Identified
  224. Illustrated
  225. Imagined
  226. Implemented
  227. Impressed
  228. Improved
  229. Improvised
  230. Incorporated
  231. Increased
  232. Indexed
  233. Indoctrinated
  234. Influenced
  235. Informed
  236. Initiated
  237. Innovated
  238. Inspected
  239. Inspired
  240. Installed
  241. Instigated
  242. Instituted
  243. Instructed
  244. Insured
  245. Integrated
  246. Interpreted
  247. Interviewed
  248. Introduced
  249. Invented
  250. Inventoried
  251. Invested
  252. Investigated
  253. Involved
  254. Issued
  255. Joined
  256. Judged
  257. Justified
  258. Kept
  259. Launched
  260. Lead
  261. Learned
  262. Leased
  263. Lectured
  264. Led
  265. Liaised
  266. Licensed
  267. Listed
  268. Located
  269. Logged
  270. Machined
  271. Made
  272. Magnified
  273. Maintained
  274. Managed
  275. Marketed
  276. Mastered
  277. Matched
  278. Maximized
  279. Measured
  280. Mediated
  281. Mentored
  282. Merged
  283. Met
  284. Met with
  285. Minimized
  286. Mobilized
  287. Moderated
  288. Modernized
  289. Modified
  290. Monitored
  291. Motivated
  292. Moved
  293. Named
  294. Navigated
  295. Negated
  296. Negotiated
  297. Netted
  298. Observed
  299. Obtained
  300. Opened
  301. Operated
  302. Optimized
  303. Orchestrated
  304. Ordered
  305. Organized
  306. Originated
  307. Outlined
  308. Overhauled
  309. Oversaw
  310. Participated
  311. Perceived
  312. Performed
  313. Persuaded
  314. Photographed
  315. Piloted
  316. Pinpointed
  317. Pioneered
  318. Placed
  319. Played
  320. Planned
  321. Predicted
  322. Prepared
  323. Presented
  324. Presided
  325. Prevented
  326. Printed
  327. Prioritized
  328. Processed
  329. Procured
  330. Produced
  331. Programmed
  332. Prohibited
  333. Projected
  334. Promoted
  335. Proofread
  336. Proposed
  337. Protected
  338. Proved
  339. Provided
  340. Publicized
  341. Published
  342. Purchased
  343. Pursued
  344. Qualified
  345. Queried
  346. Questioned
  347. Raised
  348. Ran
  349. Ranked
  350. Rated
  351. Reached
  352. Realigned
  353. Realized
  354. Reasoned
  355. Received
  356. Recognized
  357. Recommended
  358. Reconciled
  359. Recorded
  360. Recruited
  361. Redesigned
  362. Reduced
  363. Referred
  364. Registered
  365. Regulated
  366. Rehabilitated
  367. Reinforced
  368. Related
  369. Remodeled
  370. Rendered
  371. Reorganized
  372. Repaired
  373. Replaced
  374. Replied
  375. Reported
  376. Represented
  377. Reputed
  378. Researched
  379. Resolved
  380. Responded
  381. Restored
  382. Restructured
  383. Retrieved
  384. Revamped
  385. Reversed
  386. Reviewed
  387. Revised
  388. Revitalized
  389. Routed
  390. Saved
  391. Scheduled
  392. Screened
  393. Searched
  394. Secured
  395. Selected
  396. Separated
  397. Served
  398. Serviced
  399. Set or set up
  400. Shaped
  401. Shared
  402. Showed
  403. Simplified
  404. Simulated
  405. Sketched
  406. Slashed
  407. Sold
  408. Solidified
  409. Solved
  410. Sorted
  411. Sought
  412. Sparked
  413. Spearheaded
  414. Specialized
  415. Specified
  416. Spoke
  417. Sponsored
  418. Staffed
  419. Standardized
  420. Started
  421. Steered
  422. Stimulated
  423. Stored
  424. Streamlined
  425. Strengthened
  426. Stressed
  427. Stretched
  428. Structured
  429. Studied
  430. Submitted
  431. Substituted
  432. Succeeded
  433. Suggested
  434. Summarized
  435. Superseded
  436. Supervised
  437. Supplemented
  438. Supplied
  439. Supported
  440. Surpassed
  441. Surveyed
  442. Synchronized
  443. Synergized
  444. Systematized
  445. Tabulated
  446. Tackled
  447. Targeted
  448. Taught
  449. Terminated
  450. Tested
  451. Tightened
  452. Took or took over
  453. Totaled
  454. Toured
  455. Traced
  456. Tracked
  457. Traded
  458. Trained
  459. Transcribed
  460. Transferred
  461. Transformed
  462. Translated
  463. Transmitted
  464. Transported
  465. Traveled
  466. Treated
  467. Triggered
  468. Trimmed
  469. Tripled
  470. Triumphed
  471. Troubleshot
  472. Turned
  473. Tutored
  474. Typed
  475. Umpired
  476. Uncovered
  477. Understood
  478. Understudied
  479. Undertook
  480. Underwent
  481. Underwrote
  482. Unearthed
  483. Unified
  484. United
  485. Unraveled
  486. Updated
  487. Upgraded
  488. Urged
  489. Used
  490. Utilized
  491. Validated
  492. Valued
  493. Verbalized
  494. Verified
  495. Visited
  496. Vitalized
  497. Volunteered
  498. Waged
  499. Weighed
  500. Widened
  501. Won
  502. Worked
  503. Wrote

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Wednesday, 30 May 2018

🔥 Why Every Job Seeker Needs to Get a Blockchain Job

How to get a job in the one of the hottest industries of 2018.

Why Every Job Seeker Needs to Get a Blockchain Job

Photo by Julie Macey

Have you noticed that you can't look at the job market headlines without the words “blockchain”, “bitcoin” or “crypto” coming up?

First, the good news.

There's a reason you can't avoid the buzz:

All things blockchain are EXPLODING right now.

The numbers are absolutely insane:

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And now, the bad news.

Oh wait, there isn't any.

Maybe you were expecting to hear that this boom is only for people in the IT world?

While it is true that the demand is strongest for hardware and software engineers who know something about blockchain, every industry is looking to disrupt itself with this new technology.

As a result, almost anyone who has an understanding of it can take advantage, regardless of profession.

Demand is so high – and still growing! – that blockchain employers are bending over backwards to hire anyone who can help them:

  • No previous experience? Doesn't matter.
  • Overqualified” in your field? Doesn't matter.
  • From another country? Doesn't matter.

You NEED to get into blockchain.

Here's how.

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What is a blockchain?

Gaurang Torvekar, CEO of blockchain-based LinkedIn competitor Indorse.io, explains:

A blockchain is a new kind of distributed ledger that is shared among a network of computers. To make changes to the information contained in the ledger, the users of the network must first agree that the changes are valid.

The process of requiring consensus to make updates ensures that no single person or entity has complete control over the contents within the ledger.

The end result is a shared record that thousands of people can access simultaneously and trust implicitly.

Bitcoin, the first digital currency most people have heard of, uses a blockchain to manage transactions like this:

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Each step of the transaction in the image is strongly encrypted, which is why people refer to such digital currencies as cryptocurrencies or just crypto for anything related to them.

I'm not technical… are you sure blockchain jobs are for me too?

According to ITProPortal: “As these technologies have become widely recognised, more and more businesses are entering the marketplace offering innovative solutions to long-standing problems. The diversification that this is bringing the market has created enormous opportunity for workers looking to change jobs or even industry in 2018.”

And Forbes chimes in: “Many companies won't require in-depth knowledge of crypto technology right off the bat; they know it's a new industry, so they may be willing to train talent on the job. That said, going in with as much knowledge as you can will only increase your chances.”

In other words, demand is so high and across so many industries, now is a good time to change career paths if you've been thinking about it, and desperate companies may even train you on the fly to make the transition easier.

So how do I find a blockchain job?

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Shelly Gorman, blogging on Risesmart.com, proposed a 5-point strategy that I've adapted here:

1) Research how blockchain will impact you

Read everything you can find on blockchain technology in your industry and profession.

How are companies beginning to use it?

Which companies, or kinds of companies, are most likely to start using it soon?

Which ways are experts projecting blockchain tech will lead to work changes?

2) Learn about blockchain itself in more depth

Shelly recommends finding an expert who can mentor you, someone with vision about the potential benefits of blockchain adoption in your industry. If you know someone like that, great, and if they're willing to mentor you, fantastic.

However, right now those people are few and far between (depending on your industry and location), and you might need time to network and build a relationship with them while they're being overwhelmed with requests from others like you.

Absolutely seek them out, but even if there's someone you can turn to immediately, start learning on your own in parallel and ASAP through blockchain classes and courses online.

Finally, learning is doing: start getting hands-on experience by volunteering your skills in joining a popular blockchain-related open source project. Also a great way to network, you may just meet someone who can mentor you.

3) Anticipate which related skills you'll need moving forward

When you're doing your above research, think about which of your skills are transferable to open blockchain jobs you've seen.

Which of your work achievements can translate too?

Which skills will you need to be more valuable your new career direction? Pick one and start learning.

4) Rebrand yourself with your blockchain knowledge

Once you feel more comfortable “speaking blockchain” and can demonstrate you have more knowledge and expertise than others who have held similar roles in the past – which shouldn't take much, if you act quickly – it's time to update your job search marketing documents to emphasize your newfound qualities.

Update your resume, update your social profiles (especially LinkedIn), update your personal website, add a blockchain mentor to your references, etc., even if you're not actively looking for a job so you can passively attract recruiters' job inquiries and offers.

5) Make your job interview answers and stories relevant

Prepare to communicate better when discussing your background and blockchain-related work.

Which of your achievements and work stories can be made to relate to blockchain companies more easily? Focus on those, and de-emphasize others.

Get ready to talk about your new knowledge and skills comfortably.

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Monday, 21 May 2018

😈 5 Smart Job Interview Questions To Dodge Bad Bosses

Use good interview questions to avoid bad bosses.

5 Smart Job Interview Questions To Dodge Bad Bosses

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This is a guest post by Andrew Rondeau.

You have been invited to attend an interview. You've been waiting a long time for this one.

This could be the perfect job.

The company has a great employment brand and future, and the vacancy sounds great as well. Good pay, great prospects, great perks.

This is THE job to die for. Your dream job.

You can see yourself in the job.

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The big day arrives

You're prepared and have all the answers ready with all the examples, your work portfolio is in hand, you look great, are well-groomed and your clothes are sharp (that recent shopping trip will be worth it).

You're feeling confident and fully prepared.

But are you?

The relationship between managers and direct reports is a critical factor in morale, productivity and retention of high performers.

One thing which causes high stress in individuals at work is the bad management style of their boss. You get used to the pay, perks and prospects, but they become insignificant when your boss is a bad manager.

You do not get used to bad managers, especially very bad ones. Studies show that bad bosses are the number one reason people leave their jobs.

How do you define a bad manager?

We all have different definitions for the term “bad”.

Some may say their managers are bad because “I never get any praise,” others may say it's “because you never see them and they don't communicate” or because “he is so arrogant, always believing he is right and everyone else is wrong.”

Much has been written about the habits or traits of bad managers, but how do you tell if your prospective boss will be a bad one?

You are just about to be interviewed for the job of your life, but how do you know whether you'll want to work for the individual (assuming they will be your boss)?

Remember that interviews are a two-way process, as much for the potential employee's benefit as for the employer.

The job interview begins

The time for the interview has arrived.

The the prospective manager meets you in the glamorous reception 30 minutes late, their handshake is weak and clammy, and no apology is forthcoming for them being late.

In silence, they lead you to the interview room which is a few minutes walk from the reception. There is no offer of a drink.

Their smartphone goes off. It is a friend, or at least, you assume it is because they have a five-minute conversation about last night's TV, with quite a lot of swearing going on throughout.

You're thinking, “this is a test, isn't it? They're wondering how I'm going to react.” Except that it's not a test, this is how they are.

The interview starts late. Standard questions are fired at you, with no eye contact taking place. They don't even look at you when you're talking, just looking down whilst taking a few notes.

Your gut is telling you: this is not the job for you. However, you decide to give them the benefit of the doubt, as they might just be having a bad day and this isn't how they really are.

Now it is your turn to ask questions. How are you going to know if they are a great, or at least a good manager?

Here are some important questions you need to ask to get warning signs of a toxic boss.

5 interview questions to test your next boss

1) What is your management style?

Are they silent? Do they have to think about it?

Are they vague?

Do they mention words like “supportive, approachable or decision maker”?

2) Have you ever asked for feedback on your management style, and what were the results?

A good manager will always be looking to improve their performance and style and one of the best ways to do this, is to ask their staff for feedback.

If they have asked for this feedback, follow up by asking how have they used it to improve their style?

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3) When was the last time you took forward an employee suggestion or idea?

Bad managers don't follow up on employee ideas.

Are they struggling in their answer?

Is the example they give worthy of a great manager?

If they do provide a worthy answer, it shows they are supportive, approachable and they listen. A great manager removes all obstacles to help their staff do the best job possible.

4) When was the last time you praised an employee or team member, and why?

If they haven't ever done this, or the examples given are weak, be wary.

Bad managers withhold praise. One of the biggest staff motivators is praise from their manager.

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5) What is your opinion on employee development and training?

Have you ever been denied a professional development opportunity, because your own manager said that it would take too much time away from work? Is that why you are thinking of moving roles?

Bad managers ignore professional growth needs, whilst great managers support their staff's ongoing development.

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Bonus question to ask

6) How do you delegate tasks?

Do they delegate? Do they micro-manage?

Great managers build trust in their staff. A quick and easy way to do this is to delegate pieces of work, which uses and exploits individuals' strengths, all with the right level of control.

Overall, just remember the interview is two-way. You are interviewing your manager and the company, as well as them interviewing you.

You can ask any questions you want and if you ask the right ones, you won't end up working for an incompetent, bad manager who will make you miserable and your career won't suffer.

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Sunday, 6 May 2018

🌦 40+ Worst Summer Jobs People Like You Have Had

Everyone's had a worst summer job, but some are definitely worse than others.

40+ Worst Summer Jobs People Like You Have Had

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Growing up, I had almost a dozen summer jobs.

Most of them were pretty standard: working in a factory shipping department, taking shifts in a restaurant, conducting phone surveys, and so on. Nothing too memorable, they just happened to take place during the summer.

But there was one summer job that was just… out there.

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By far, the worst summer job I had was as a frozen seafood door-to-door salesman.

I hadn't even known that seafood was something people sold door to door, and truth be told, I haven't come across it since.

The adventure began when a friend and I responded to a classified ad in a local newspaper.


We were invited to an “interview”, which turned out to be an ultra-slick sales presentation for us and 20 other people on how to sell shrimp and lobster to unsuspecting homeowners.

I started getting skeptical when told that we needed to buy our seafood sales quota from the company before we actually sold any, and I straight up quit after shadowing an “experienced” salesman make only 2 sales in a full day's work.

Thankfully, that was also the shortest job I've ever had.

Not everyone is so lucky.

Here are some of the hilariously bad summer jobs people have had.

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From the Chive

  1. Porta Potty reservoir cleaner
  2. Recreational Vehicule (RV) reservoir cleaner at a campground: “a shitty job”
  3. Cow pen cleaner
  4. Crime scene clean up crew
  5. Carnival booth operator running “rip off” games that are impossible to win at
  6. Package delivery driver with a truck that doesn't have air conditioning
  7. Tying knots in fiberglass strands at a factory
  8. Hotdog cart guy
  9. Scraps collecting at a meat packing plant
  10. Painting oil tanks, by hand, outside in the Texas heat
  11. Sanding department worker at a chair factory
  12. Selling organic, free range meat door to door (so this does still happen!)
  13. Lobsterman deckhand
  14. Summer camp athletic trainer for 6-10 year old kids
  15. Rickshaw runner

From Uproxx

  1. Golf caddy: “The money was fine… but it didn’t make up for the (multiple) golf clubs thrown at me”
  2. Restaurant stove duct cleaner
  3. Telemarketer
  4. Customer support for a money transfer service for people in prison
  5. Highway department worker: “Some of my tasks included discarding dead roadkill… spraying weeds with poison, and re-paving roads in 100-degree heat”

From The Motley Fool

  1. Diaper changer
  2. Camp counselor
  3. Truck Loader

From Business Insider

  1. Sales associate in a kids clothing store
  2. Gas station attendant
  3. Flour mill worker
  4. Ice cream scooper at a state fair, with overtime for helping melt a giant butter cow
  5. Kitchen duty at a summer camp
  6. Credit card debt collections agent: “I was horrible because I could never collect and spent a lot of time life coaching or just listening to people's problems”
  7. Selling yard weedkiller door to door

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From Slate

  1. Pounding steaks with 128-ounce cans of diced tomatoes
  2. Outdoor concert usher
  3. Data entry at a temp agency run by a criminal: “It turned out that Bill’s carpeting business wasn’t a business. It was a front within a front.”

From Vice Canada

  1. Working in a garbage truck that services parks: “You know what's in park garbage cans? … Diapers and dog shit.”
  2. Stock car racing bouncer
  3. Chicken slaughterhouse “kill room” cleaner
  4. Lawn aerator
  5. Front desk manager at a seedy motel with a racist, scumbag owner

From The Morning Call

  1. Parking lot attendant at a golf course
  2. Collecting broken landscaping and riding mowers for a repair business
  3. Elementary school janitor

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