In this interview series, we caught up with Kuba Koziejfrom Resumelabwho shares her expertise and insights about job search, career change,etc.in today’s marketplace.
Tell us a little bit about your company
We run three brands all dedicated to career advisory.
Zetyis our ultimate toolbox with resume and cover letter builder tool.
Resumelab ,a brand new blog with career guides advising how to write a perfect resume and a cover letter.
InterviewMeis our Polish brand, a career toolbox as well.
How did you get started in this path?
It was a simple idea. My colleague and a lifelong friend was an HR expert for bigger company and complained to me that people send in poorly structured resumes and how much time it takes him to go through the applications that are of very little value.
There is was, an idea popping in our heads. Why not make job seekers’ lives easier.
Is this something you decided early on in your career?
As above. We came up with an idea when we were both in our early 30s. So we had significant work experience already but nothing that would make us feel we make any difference.
We wanted to set up something on our own but we wanted whatever we do, to really matter. That’s why we pursued a business that actually helps people change their lives.
What is the best Career Advice you’ve ever received?
Do only the things you’re passionate about.
If you do so, you will never have to work a day in your life.
What is the most exciting part of working in this industry?
We realize that looking for a new job, a first job or changing careers might be an extremely stressful and frustrating process for some.
We wanted to provide job seekers with a tool that will make their resumes and cover letters shine and land them a ton of job interviews. But we also wanted to educate them in how to actually prepare for a job search, all. aspects of it.
The exciting thing here is that thanks to our career advice blog and a job application building tools, thousands of job seekers around them world find jobs easier and quicker.
We love to hear back from them and celebrate each success story.
How do to stay abreast of the industry as an expert?
Myself as well as well as all our in-house industry experts follow the trends in career industry (or set the new trends).
We try to create always up-to-date but and evergreen content to keep our readers in tune with what’s happening in job search environment.
What are some of the things that you see job seekers struggle with the most?
It seems that it’s always hardest to get started.
Create a winning application, prepare an online profile (LinkedIn) and seek for opportunities.
Once the invitations to job interview start flowing in, the whole process get easier as the job seekers gain more confidence.
What are the common mistakes that you see them do?
Not treating job search as a real project and not planning it out properly.
Finding a dream job is not something that will happen overnight. Sometimes you need to wait for the results a bit longer, just like seeing your muscles getting stronger after a few solid months at the gym.
You need to prepare a great job application, tailor each application to a job you apply to and put much needed effort in preparation to job interviews.
How should job seekers approach job search today?
Definitely focus most of their efforts on online searches, networking, thinking outside-of the-box.
Building an online portfolio to show the recruiters who they really are.
Attending networking events and industry meet-ups and meeting potential employers in person is definitely advisable too.
Unemployment is at the lowest levels, why do you think that is?
The hiring is very strong these days and people are educated better than ever.
What is the biggest trend(s) you see that job seekers will face in the next 2-3 years?
Technical/ task based interviews, recruiting through online channels (LinkedIn), job applications in video format.
What is one advice you would give someone just out of college today?
Network. And start in college already.
Networking, making acquaintance with business owners and recruiters can let you put a foot in the door, get a dream-come-true internship or a job.
What is one advice you would give someone who is switching careers?
You don’t need to finish another degree, find yourself a good training, join webinars, practice, learn on your own.
See what skills are “hot” to recruiters these days and gain at least a few moire skills.
How should job seekers get the most out of LinkedIn?
Get Recommendations & Endorsements: In LinkedIn lingo, “recommendations” are statements given by one of your connections praising some aspect of your character or acknowledging how awesome you were to work with.
“Endorsements” are verifications of the skills you say you have.
Reach out to the people you’ve worked with and other closer connections. Ask them to help you out with several endorsements or recommendations. Offer to do the same in return, and your profile will be that much more compelling.
What is the biggest trend(s) you see that hiring managers will face in the next 2-3 years?
A wave of Gen Z joining the workforce, lack of qualified and competing over A-players.
Kuba, what are you currently working on?
Yes, we have just launched a new blog called Resumelab, that focuses solely on creating winning resumes and cover letters.
We feed this blog everyday with new career guides and resume examples to help job seekers of all professions, ages and backgrounds.
What are the best resources you recommend to job seekers?