7 simple ways to stand out in a crowded applicant field

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Competition for jobs is stiff. Here’s how you can make yourself an A-list candidate. One of COVID-19’s legacies has been turning the labor market from one of the lowest unemployment rates in history to one of the highest. Within a matter of weeks, millions of people filed for unemployment benefits. And companies that were worried about a talent shortage suddenly had their pick of qualified applicants. Read Full Story

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5 secrets to get you past the résumé-reading robots

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Before your résumé gets to a recruiter, it’s read by an AI-driven Applicant Tracking System. A human resources exec advises how you can beat the robot. Even as the economy rebounds from the coronavirus pandemic, millions of Americans remain out of work, and weekly new unemployment claims continue to hover around one million. With so many people looking for their next opportunity, it is important that job seekers not only update and refresh their résumés to highlight their key skills and experience, but to format their résumés in such a way that they will get past the automated, robot résumé-readers that are increasingly the first gatekeepers in the recruiting process. Read Full Story

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Why losing a job deserves its own grieving process

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Unemployment is startlingly similar to the loss of a loved one, including its effect on your sense of identity. Do you find yourself unemployed through no fault of your own? Even worse, are you unemployed during a historic pandemic of epic proportions ? With about 10 million people filing for unemployment in a two-week span in March alone, you are more likely to be the rule than the exception. Read Full Story

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To close corporate America’s inequality gap, we need to end discrimination against Black job applicants

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Black and brown job applicants suffer from name misimpressions constantly. To take the first step against racism in the workplace, hirers must correct discriminatory policies and shrewdly review diversity efforts. Two viruses are plaguing our country: COVID-19 and persistent and institutionalized racism. For Black Americans who are hit the hardest by both, they are also dealing with an unemployment rate at a level we haven’t seen since the Great Depression. Read Full Story

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Goldman Sachs prediction: Unemployment claims will surge to an eye-popping 2.25 million

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A spike in jobless claims as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic could be historic, according to a prediction by Goldman Sachs. While the Trump administration is asking states to not disclose exact unemployment claim numbers as coronavirus-related jobless claims mount, Goldman Sachs feels no such compunction to stay quiet: The firm predicts that new claims will spike to a whopping 2.25 million, the largest one-week jump in history. Read Full Story

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How to bounce back after losing a job

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Losing a job can be devastating. But you can find the resilience you need to recover—perhaps better than ever. As jobless claims remain at historic highs, Americans are worried about unemployment. The August Ipsos “What Worries the World” poll found that unemployment was one of the top three worries among people in the U.S., with COVID-19 taking the top spot. Read Full Story

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Stimulus update: What the new Senate vote means for extra unemployment and 2nd checks

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The skinny bill failed as it was expected to. Election Day is less than two weeks away. Is there any hope for a COVID stimulus package before November 3? On Wednesday, the Senate voted on a new “skinny” stimulus package for coronavirus relief, which is not to be confused with last month’s failed “skinny” stimulus bill. This one included more weekly unemployment benefits, as well as $100 billion for schools. Here’s the latest update on what’s happening with the long-stalled coronavirus relief efforts on Capitol Hill: Read Full Story

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