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6 Mistakes Job Seekers Make on Their Resume - Zinny Factor
Career Change, Getting Started, Job Search, The Immigrant Worker

5 Mistakes Job Seekers Make On Their Resume

I’m not certain if it’s the fact that I took classes in Human Resources, chat with a number of job seekers, have searched for a job at different stages of my career or just my love for writing in general that has made resume writing enjoyable for me.

I’ve had to learn the hard way in many cases which is something that I’ve equally come to take advantage of as I believe that it’s taught me a number of lessons over time which I love sharing here. I’ve had the opportunity to meet with experts in recruitment and all of this has helped me realize a number of mistakes that many candidates make when it comes to their resume.

A resume is one of the first steps to finding a job and a good opportunity to land an interview (in the job you want!). As a result of this platform, I’ve had the opportunity to review several candidates’ resumes and I have noticed a number of mistakes they make unconsciously.

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Career Change - Zinny Factor
Career Change, Getting Ahead

The Actionable Steps You Can Take To Change Your Career

Sometimes we can reach a brick wall when it comes to our career and seek a change. It can stem from having to make such big decisions from an early age as not all of us really know what we want to do as a career when we are in the educational system, do we? Many people don’t realize where their passions are or where their skills lie best until they begin working or open themselves up to new experiences in life.

So if you find yourself at a crossroad and looking to change your career you may be wondering what are the actionable steps you can take. Here are some of them that you can try.

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Preparing for Interview - Zinny Factor
Career Change, Getting Ahead

How to Survive These 3 Types of Interview

You apply for the job and nervously cross your fingers. When the call for the interview finally comes, you’re likely to experience a whole host of feelings! You might start thrilled and excited, but then nerves and even dread can kick in. You want to perform your best, and interviews are notoriously nerve-wracking.

Modern interviews can be a bit more complicated, too, since there are so many different approaches now. Here are some hints and tips for surviving these three common types of interview. 

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Tristan Layfield Career Coach - Zinny Factor
Career Change, Job Search, Magazine, Side Hustle Series

Tristan Layfield: Career Coach & Quality Assurance Professional

Have you ever worked with a career coach? Consistently updating our interview/ feature stories is one way we enjoy sharing stories from other workers in diverse fields. We believe in storytelling because everyone’s life and career journey are unique. We all have that perspective that even though feels similar to an experience someone else might have encountered in the past remains unique to us.

Some people don’t understand how coaching might be beneficial or the whole idea, this interview will help shed some light on this. Tristan Layfield works full-time and has a business he runs as well — talk about passion and career!

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Career Change, Getting Ahead

The Truth About Working From Home

Recently, at a hang out with a colleague we got chatting about work, life and all that comes with it. A long time ago, I might have said I wanted a job where I would have to go into the office every day. That day though, sitting and having a conversation between two ladies who just wanted to catch up on a couple of drinks, we both agreed that it’s truly a good benefit to have the option to work from home aka ‘WFH’.

It’s really encouraging when you have employers that see the value in providing work from home options as a benefit because it’s really a competitive advantage. Especially with how busy life can get, it’s of importance that you have some work-life balance. Having this option helps an employee feel valued and not feel like just a seat warmer.

It’s important for employers to realize that the quality of your work isn’t determined by how often you show up in the office but in your results. Many companies are now adopting this approach and it’s only getting even better as most companies now offer this as an unlimited option, meaning that employment options are getting better.

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Niche Role as an Employee Profession - Zinny Factor
Career Change, Entrepreneur's Workplace

Why Heading Into A Niche Is A Good Thing

Maybe you’re at odds with your current job, and you want to find something niche you would be more suited for. You’re not the only one, in fact, your boat is overcrowded. Many people want to work in their particular industry but haven’t been able to find a job that they find is going to allow them to be at their best.

This is where niche roles come into play because despite being in the same industries, they offer something different and off the beaten path. But what is a niche job exactly? Clearly, it’s something that isn’t part of the norm and offers something that is not going to be for everyone. On the other hand, it can also be deemed more specialist, something that requires unique skills that are hard to come by.

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Employers Value Grit - ZInny Factor
Career Change, Getting Ahead, Getting Started

Why Employers Still Value Grit

Grit is a quality we don’t often talk about these days. It seems somehow old fashioned and a bit harsh. But grit (or determination) is vital for success in today’s workplace, both for the individual and the team at large. Someone with grit never gives up, no matter how hard the stakes get.

That can be at a personal level, perhaps as an athlete. But we would also recognize grit as camaraderie and working for a higher good, despite whatever insecurities or hardships the individual is experiencing. That’s why we often think of soldiers when we hear the word grit. World War II was full of tales of grit and courage in the face of the adversity.

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Study When Working Full-Time - Zinny Factor
Career Change, Getting Ahead

You Can Study While Working Full-Time: Here Is How

Remember the last time you had to study without feeling too cramped for time? You most likely had to study full-time and that was your only job: study. Now though, you have a full-time job that requires undivided attention and you also need to develop yourself professionally.

Let’s be honest, this means business. Studying is a job on its own and needs dedication as well. So how can you manage your time wisely? Well, good thing that you have this article to refer to as there will be realistic tips to help you navigate this time of your life.

In a previous article, we delved into how to keep learning when you work full-time and quite frankly to achieve this, there needs to be some level of time management and dedication which is why this article will come in helpful in the long run.

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Authentic Interview - ZInny Factor
Career Change, Getting Ahead

Why Employers Are Looking For Your Authenticity

What are your thoughts on being authentic? Put yourself in the shoes of a business owner. Just imagine how stressful their lives are. They have a million other rivals to compete with, they’re constantly trying to innovate and stay ahead of the curve. Trying to implement new technologies. Desperately trying to understand consumer trends and searching for talent.

That last part concerns you, someone who is searching for a new career or a new job has to factor in all these things an employer is trying to do. So when it comes to hiring, a business owner doesn’t want just any average Joe, they want someone who can really change things for them.

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Learning While Working Full-Time - Zinny Factor
Career Change, Getting Ahead

How To Keep Learning When You Work Full-Time

It could feel quite interesting and relaxing to have a job and make a living without having to study anymore. However, if you are looking out for advancement in the long run then continuing your education might creep in at some point or the other.

To avoid this being too late, it’s always a good option to start thinking and planning early and that’s why this article is here to give you some direction.

Working full-time can feel mentally consuming especially since your brain will be working for most of the day already. Having to study afterward can feel like a stretch! Hell, we’ve heard once or twice where people say that having to just go to work in the first place can be a lot of work already. Hopefully, your career/ job is something that you enjoy, but studying also needs some form of dedication so let’s get real!

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