When it comes to resume writing, the format of your resume matters as much as the content. Your resume is the first face you put before a potential employer, and you need to make sure it makes a great first impression. Your resume should be able to accurately convey your skills, experience, education and accolades. So, what’s so important about format?
Will a certification help compensate for a career hiatus? Is it something to highlight during a job interview? Do MOOC's (Massive Online Open Courses) offer any tangible benefit to my job search? These are just some of the questions we frequently hear during our weekly PowerHour for Women Back to Work.
Last week, a group of 50 amazing women walked into the Equinix Headquarters, ready to take control of their careers. Among them was a Data Analyst who loves Pilates, a Program Manager retired from the United States Air Force, a Senior Business Analyst who empowers women refugees from Afghanistan, an iOS Engineer who volunteers for 'Humane Eating'. These 50 women are part of a unique, underserved talent pool who are changing the way Equinix finds and hires technical talent.
Akraya has been leading the 'Women Back to Work' initiative for several years. Every once in a while I receive a note such as the one below that reminds me and my team on why we do this.
"Thank you is not enough for the wonderful opportunity to let me participate in the Equinix Women Back to Work event. I have been excited from the day I received the invite...
With a strong economy and rising employment opportunities, acquiring and retaining good talent is one of the top challenges for small or mid-size businesses, entrepreneurs and start-ups. Many candidates are attracted by the top giants in the Silicon Valley, who, undoubtedly, offer rewarding career opportunities and meaty compensation packages.
Getting back to work can be daunting. Are you really ready? What kind of challenges are you going to face? The best bet is to be as prepared as possible for the challenges. We dealt with some of the issues in Part 1. In this concluding post, we focus on some more key aspects that you'll need to pay attention to as you gear up for your reentry into the workforce.
Many of us have been in a similar situation—taken a couple of years break from work, traveled the world (or the country), brought up children, looked after unwell parents or maybe taken a sabbatical to write a book—the reasons are many. This break could be a few months or sometimes a few years—but now as it’s time to get back to working life again—and it can all seem a bit daunting.
While some things might have changed, others remain the same. But like you’ll find out, it’s always better to be prepared for the challenges ahead and gear up accordingly. You need to equip yourself with a positive attitude and arm yourself with a few of these tips.