Are You Missing Out On Your Dream Job because of AI?

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In today’s email:

  • Job Interview Etiquette is Booming…Why?

  • Job Market Insights

  • How to make your resume AI proof

  • Tailored Job Resources

The Workplace Etiquette Industry is Booming…Why?

Some employees are struggling with the return to office. Now… the workplace etiquette industry is booming

As companies navigate the transition back to office work post-pandemic, they face a new challenge: employees who have forgotten workplace etiquette or never learned it in the first place. With the surge in demand for workplace etiquette training, more than 60% of companies plan to implement such courses this year, according to a survey by Resume Builder. This trend reflects efforts to ensure productivity and maintain a positive work environment in the hybrid work era.

Anne Chertoff from Beaumont Etiquette notes a 100% increase in companies seeking etiquette training over the past two years, highlighting common issues like inappropriate office conversations, messy workspaces, and confusion over proper attire for Zoom calls. The importance of workplace etiquette extends to social media, where platforms like TikTok and LinkedIn offer tips and advice, particularly valuable for Gen Z workers entering their first jobs amidst disruptions caused by the pandemic. In a world where soft skills are increasingly vital, mastering workplace etiquette is key to professional success.

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Job Openings plateaued at the start of 2024

Job openings have remained at 8.9 million since the start of February, down from 12.2 million in March 2022. Throughout January, the job opening rate remained at 5.3%; however, job openings increased in manufacturing, with 82k new jobs, and decreased in private educational services, with -41k job openings.

Rates of getting hired and leaving your job remain unchanged in 2024

With job openings plateaued, the number of hires and total job separations remained at 5.7 million and 5.3 million at the end of 2023. Within separations, more people quit in information technology industries but less in real estate and rental.

Labor Productivity grew more in Q4 of 2023 – higher than 2024

Labor productivity increased by 3.2 percent in the final quarter of 2023 – with labor output rising by 3.5 percent and growing workers’ hours by 0.3 percent. From the same quarter a year ago, labor productivity increased by 2.6 percent, with a 3.6 percent increase in hourly compensation.

The savings rate remains lower at the start of 2024 compared to pandemic levels.

Personal savings stay significantly below the prepandemic 2019 average of 7.4%. During the pandemic, the U.S. average consumer held excess savings, increased saving rates, and fiscal stimulus packages. Today, the personal saving rate remains at 3.8% in 2024, with consumers spending more of their disposable income.

Companies are using AI to screen resumes. Here’s how to defeat the robots and get your resume ahead of the pack 👊

If you feel the desire to write a book, what would it be about?

Job hunting today is a breeze, right? Just a LinkedIn search, a click on "quick apply," and you're off! But hold on a sec—there's a twist. What about those annoying AI hiring tools? They're the gatekeepers now, scanning your resume for the right keywords. And guess what? Most of the time, your application won't even reach human eyes.

AI hiring tools may be filtering out the best job applicants

As companies embrace artificial intelligence for recruitment, traditional hiring processes are undergoing a transformation. AI tools, ranging from body-language analysis to CV scanners, are becoming the gatekeepers of job applications. However, concerns arise about biases embedded within these systems, potentially excluding qualified candidates based on opaque algorithms.

The Hidden Biases of AI

Despite hopes of eliminating bias in hiring, AI screening tools often fall short. Some experts argue that these systems inaccurately assess candidates, perpetuating existing biases. This poses challenges for marginalized groups who may not fit into the algorithms' predetermined criteria.

The Need for Oversight and Transparency

Without industry-wide regulation and transparency, the proliferation of AI in hiring could exacerbate inequalities in the job market. It's essential to address these concerns to ensure fairness and equal opportunities for all candidates, regardless of background or credentials.

Tips for getting your resume past AI screening summarized:

  1. Simplify your resume: While fancy graphics and artistic elements may catch a human eye, AI filters struggle to interpret them. Stick to a clean and straightforward format to ensure your resume is easily processed by these systems.

  2. Optimize for keywords: Just like SEO for websites, your resume needs to include relevant terms found in the job description. Aligning your language with the job requirements increases your chances of making it through the filter.

  3. Choose the right file format: Use Word documents instead of PDFs unless specifically requested otherwise. AI filters have an easier time parsing Word documents, streamlining the screening process.

  4. Tailor your resume: Customize your resume for each position you apply to, emphasizing relevant skills and experiences. This not only improves your chances with AI filters but also resonates better with hiring managers.

  5. Be strategic with section headings: Stick to conventional section titles like "Skills" instead of creative alternatives. This ensures clarity and readability for AI systems scanning your resume.

  6. Keep your resume updated: Regularly update your resume to reflect new skills and experiences, even if you're not actively job hunting. Keeping it current maximizes its effectiveness in the screening process.

  7. Utilize a cover letter: While AI filters may not read cover letters, they provide an opportunity to showcase your personality and highlight specific achievements. If your resume makes it past the filter, a compelling cover letter can make a strong impression on human reviewers.

  8. Be specific and quantifiable: Instead of vague statements, provide concrete examples of your accomplishments, including metrics whenever possible. This helps demonstrate your value to potential employers and sets you apart from other candidates.

Remember, while navigating the AI filter is essential, building human connections remains invaluable. Networking and making personal connections can often bypass the digital hurdles and lead to direct interactions with hiring managers. Ultimately, your goal is not just to get past the filter but to make meaningful connections that propel your job search forward.

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