In this interview series, we caught up with Chris Villanueva from Let’s Eat, Grandma,who shares her expertise and insights about job search, career change, etc. in today’s marketplace.
Tell us a little bit about your company
Let’s Eat, Grandma was founded to help others land jobs through high quality resume services available online.
We connect Ivy League caliber students and graduates with professionals in order to enhance their credibility. These writers are trained in the art of business writing and bring a high level of prestige to our company.
How did you get started in this path?
I started helping people with their resumes and business documents in college.
I decided to start the company after I realized how many people needed help with their resumes after college!
Is this something you decided early on in your career?
Yes, I was 22 years old at the time.
What is the Best Career Advice You’ve ever received?
Your career path doesn’t have to be a perfectly straight line (from point A to point B).
Make creative decisions and you can have your dream job this way!
What is the most exciting part of working in this industry?
The most exciting part is certainly the satisfaction of helping people land their dream job.
I don’t necessarily geek out on resumes, but I love finding out more about my clients’ industries and jobs.
Many times, our clients are struggling with finding a job, and the best email I can ever receive is from one of those clients who let me know they landed something amazing after many applications.
How do to stay abreast of the industry as an expert?
I am currently a member of PARW/CC, the first & best organization for resume writers and career coaches. They send out a newsletter every single month with best practices and industry trends.
What are some of the things that you see job seekers struggle with the most?
I think most job seekers struggle with putting themselves out there — only to be met by radio silence.
It’s tough getting ghosted. No one likes to be rejected. And it’s even harder when they don’t know what they are doing wrong!
What are the common mistakes that you see them do?
Applying online 100% of the time.
How should job seekers approach job search today?
I think more job seekers need to combine the power of social media and their own networks. Many people are submitting online applications now, which is convenient, but it’s not what gets peoples’ dream jobs.
It’s still about the network, and I think by using things like LinkedIn and in-person events, many more will get better opportunities.
What is the biggest trend(s) you see that job seekers will face in the next 2-3 years?
I think LinkedIn is going to be huge — bigger than it is already.
More recruiters are going to use LinkedIn to hunt for talent, and there will be more job postings on LinkedIn to apply for. Get that profile down pat.
What is one advice you would give someone just out of college today?
Don’t be afraid to pick the wrong career.
Many people end up in jobs out of college that they weren’t meant to do.
I was a restaurant manager out of college, but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t learn something from the experience.
What is one advice you would give someone who is switching careers?
If you are switching careers, you ESPECIALLY need to use your network (or build a strong network) to apply for jobs.
It’s tough to apply online through ATS systems as a career changer.
If (on paper) you are not a perfect match, it is very difficult to get called in for an interview. You can definitely increase your chances by shaking some hands.
How should job seekers get the most out of LinkedIn?
I think more job seekers need to focus in on the summary or “about me” portion.
Most job seekers have a sub-par summary, and this is a great opportunity to sell yourself.
I’ve attracted clients, talent, and partners by having a solid summary with a call-to-action at the bottom.
Connect with me on LinkedIn for an example of this.
Unemployment is at the lowest levels, why do you think that is?
I can’t speculate here!
What is the biggest trend(s) you see that hiring managers will face in the next 2-3 years?
We’ve had more career changers and people with shorter tenures at jobs than ever before.
I think that hiring managers will need to be more open to these things.
What are the best resources you recommend to job seekers?
Subscribe the Career Warrior Podcast! I cover all things for job seekers — how to write a better resume, LinkedIn profile, REJECTION, applicant tracking systems, nutrition, being a better employee.
I’m a much better speaker than writer, so I think you will enjoy it on your next commute or jog!
Chris, what are you currently working on?
We currently partnered with a data scientist and are creating software that will scan your resume, your job posting, and help you get past the ATS.
The software incorporates artificial intelligence and will take our resume service up to the next level by the end of 2019.
What is the best way for our audience to reach you?