Basic Job Search Tips So Basic You May Overlook Them

LA Startups Job Search Tips

If you’re looking for a job, you won’t have to go far before you receive pieces of advice on how to go about your job search. Just about every one of your employed acquaintances will have some bit of wisdom to impart about the process. Go online and do a Google search, and you’ll get a lot more.

With so many tips coming at you, it’s easy enough to be overwhelmed and you may end up forgetting some of the most basic tips of all. So before you initiate some of the more creative job search tips, here are the most basic steps that you mustn’t overlook:

Use LinkedIn

No other social media tool will be as helpful for your job search as LinkedIn, so make sure you have a memorable presence on that platform. More than 9 out of 10 recruiters use LinkedIn as their main search tool, and it’s your best tool for job search networking.

Line Up Your Resume with the Requirements of the Position

When you apply online, it’s very likely that your resume will have to pass through several filtering layers before you get your interview. One of these layers will be an automated applicant tracking system looking for the right keywords and phrases in your resume. Another is some low-level HR worker doing basically the same thing.

Your job is to make sure that they find those important keywords in your resume. This means you most likely should just mirror the same words and phrases used in the job description. You have to highlight the areas in your resume that matches the requirements for the job. You have to make it easy for these filtering layers to identify you as a viable candidate for the position.

Modify Your LinkedIn Profile Too

Just as you customize your resume to match the particular position you’re applying for, you need to do the same thing to your LinkedIn profile. After all, that’s the platform the recruiters are using.  Here are 5 tips to get you started.

Go Beyond Online Applications

The goal of the job applicant is to stand out (in a good way) so that you can at least score an interview. To gain that necessary edge over other applicants, you should make sure that you also try to make yourself know to some workers in the company you’re applying to. They may be able to vouch for you so that you can get an interview.

Stop with the Clichés

Once you get the interview, you may be tempted to give safe but boring answers to the questions that you get. The problem here is that you’re giving the same answers as the other applicants. Instead, you need to stand out by offering more memorable responses instead.

Be Thankful

After the interview, take the time to send a gracious “thank you” note to each of your interviewers. Make sure each note is different. This can be another way to make yourself look good and unique compared to other applicants.

All these tips may be obvious, but that makes them easier to forget. So don’t neglect to do each of these steps in your job search!

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6 Top Soft Skills You Need To Work At a Startup

6 Top Soft Skills You Need To Work At a Startup

When Google first started, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, set up their hiring algorithms to sift for Computer Science students with top grades from the elite universities. Their belief was that technology can only be truly understood by those who actually studied technology.

They found out much later that this hiring principle wasn’t exactly accurate. In 2013, Google computers tracked all their data concerning their hiring, promoting, and firing of employees. They then found that among the most important qualities of the most successful Google employees, STEM knowledge actually came in last!

The other more important skills are what we call “soft skills”. These are the non-technical attributes that help employees become more productive and better able to work with others.

The soft skills that many startup companies today are looking for include:

Communication Skills

Being able to communicate well is a crucial skill if you want to work well with others. After all, what’s the point of having a good idea if you can’t communicate well enough to convince the other team members about the merits of your idea? If you’re able to communicate well, then you can help convince the rest of the team to believe in your idea. They can understand the idea because you’re able to explain it.

Self-Awareness

This is the ability to recognize how your words and actions affect others. A successful leader needs to develop this mindset because they can then discover how to encourage and motivate others properly. They can also avoid awkward situations when their words and actions hurt and offend their teammates.

Project Management

This means you’re able to organize the work and the team, you can focus on the task at hand, and can work under pressure and time constraints. Even if you’re not the project manager, you can do your part by meeting your deadlines.  You can give updates on your progress and send alerts if you’re having trouble.

Perseverance

You should be able to commit to an assignment until you complete it, even if takes longer than what you anticipated. This also means you need to be flexible, as requirements may change before the due date and you should be able to adapt to the new scope of the project.

Team Mentality

Plenty of people automatically say that they’re a team player, but of course, it isn’t always true. The true team mentality is about getting the work done and helping out one another. But some people seem more focused on getting credit for the success of foisting blame on others when things go wrong.

Willingness and Ability to Learn

Things change all the time, and that’s especially true in the workplace. What employers are looking for are workers who can change with the times and adapt to the new conditions. You can’t be dead-set on using traditional ways when new and more effective tools and processes become available. This means you need to demonstrate your willingness to learn, and that you can and have learned before.

During your job interview, it’s not enough that you demonstrate your technical proficiency for the job. Try to demonstrate these traits in your responses to interview questions, as these are the traits your future employers are looking for.

Also, check out these 5 Things NOT to Say to a Recruiter

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LAStartups.com, Schmoozd.com
A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.

ObEN is Hiring 37 Resources in Pasadena

Pasadena-based AI tech company ObEN is hiring 37 talent to join its team.  You’ll be working in small, agile teams (alongside world-class researchers in areas of speech, computer vision, machine learning, NLP, and blockchain).

Founded in 2014, ObEN is a Softbank Ventures Korea and HTC Vive X portfolio company and is located inside of Bill Gross think tank, Idealab. ObEN creates virtual identities for consumers and celebrities in the emerging digital world. ObEN provides Personal AI that simulates a person’s voice, face and personality, enabling never before possible social and virtual interactions.

Engineering Jobs

  1. Blockchain Engineer
    • Design and build the back-end blockchain functionality for ObEN’s online/mobile applications
  2. Full Stack Engineer
    • Design and build new applications, features, functionality, writing APIs, scalability, and maintainability improvements for ObEN’s innovative platforms
  3. Javascript Developer
    • Design and build new applications, features, functionality, scalability, and maintainability improvements for the WeChat mini program platform
  4. Lead DevOps Engineer
    • You’ll join a high-growth, agile engineering team focused on bringing cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence products to market
    • Working in a fault-tolerant, highly-scalable/available, high-traffic environment
  5. Sr. Full Stack Engineer
    • Responsible for building and extending our APIs (VR/AR/AI) and services for ObEN’s native iOS/Android applications and mobile/desktop web applications
  6. Sr. IOS Developer
    • Responsible for the development and maintenance of applications aimed at a range of iOS devices including mobile phones and tablets
  7. Sr. QA Engineer
    • Responsible to create and implement quality best practices processes and maintain test automation frameworks, and develop tools to ensure ObEN deliver an optimal end-user experience product
  8. Sr. Unity Developer
    • Responsible for the development and maintenance of mobile, browser and pc-based applications (VR/AR/AI) and their integration with back-end services

Machine Learning Jobs

  1. Deep Learning Scientist
    • Design, develop, configure and optimize deep neural networks for various tasks such as detection and classification
    • PhD, M.Sc. in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or Econometrics
  2. Machine Learning Engineer
    • Implementing ML models proposed and guided by ML Research Scientists and collaborating with other team members for data collection and pre-processing, and post-processing of data
    • MS in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Physics, or other related fields
  3. Machine Learning Research Director
    • Responsible for supervising research scientists and engineers, providing feedback for projects using ML, including those in other teams, developing and shaping ML projects with respect to the company’s needs, and managing the ML team
    • PhD in Computer Science, Statistics, Electrical Engineering, Applied Mathematics, or related field
  4. Machine Learning Research Scientist
    • Developing novel ML models for projects in the company, like a new TTS model, implementing and improving proposed/existing ML models, and supervising and providing feedback to ML engineers for projects using ML, including those in other teams.
    • PhD in Computer Science, Statistics, Electrical Engineering, Applied Mathematics, or related field
  5. Machine Learning Scientist With Audio DSP Background
    • Provide technical expertise and execution know-how to the design of machine learning algorithms/solutions to solve ultra-challenging problems
    • Doctorate (Preferred) or Masters degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, Applied Physics, Applied Statistics or in Engineering
  6. ML Engineer for NLP in Chinese
    • Create the best Machine Translation solutions for ObEN’s algorithms in Chinese
    • Proficiency in Java/Android, Objective C/iOS, javascript, C#/Unity3D
    • Fluent in Mandarin Chinese and English
  7. ML Engineer for NLP in English
    • Create the best Machine Translation solutions for ObEN’s algorithms in English
    • M.Sc. in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or Physics, High proficiency in C++
  8. ML Engineer for NLP In Japanese
    • Create the best Machine Translation solutions for ObEN’s algorithms in English
    • Experience with data-driven statistical or machine learning methods.
    • Fluent in Japanese and English
  9. ML Engineer for NLP In Korean
    • Create the best Machine Translation solutions for ObEN’s algorithms in English
    • M.Sc. in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or Physics, High proficiency in C++
    • Fluent in Korean and English

Computer Vision, Art, NLP Jobs

  1. Computer Vision Research Engineer
    • Develop impactful and innovative computer vision technologies; Work closely with research scientists to deeply understand the developed research prototypes and transform them into production
  2. Computer Vision Research Scientist
    • Literature review and discussion with peer researchers to define clear research problems and propose novel solutions
  3. Senior Rigging Artist (Contractor)
    • Creating and developing fast elegant character rigs using Maya and proprietary tools. Working with modeling and animation departments to facilitate articulate realistic appealing characters.
  4. Chatbot Engineer
    • Build, improve and extend chatbot capabilities for ObEN’s Full Stack Personal AI. Produce deliverable results and take them from development to production in collaboration with our engineers
  5. Natural Language Processing Engineer
    • Build, improve and extend NLP capabilities for ObEN’s Full Stack AI. Research and evaluate new/different approaches to NLP problems
  6. Research Scientist (NLP)
    • Conduct research to advance the state-of-the-art technology in NLP and deep learning, like dialogue systems

Speech Jobs

  1. Research Linguist (Japanese)
    • Design schemas and label/tag sets to annotate recordings and text with phonetic, prosodic, semantic, and syntactic features
  2. Speech Research Scientist (ASR)
    • Develop and extend ObEN’s proprietary ASR systems for different languages (English, Chinese, Korean, Japanese), in view of improving the robustness against environmental and channel distortion
  3. Speech Research Scientist (Prosody Modeling)
    • Develop a new prosody models for different languages (Chinese, English, Japanese, Korean) to improve the naturalness and the similarity of the synthesized voice and to allow better control of its expressivity
  4. Speech Research Scientist (Singing Voice Synthesis)
    • Develop and improve ObEN’s virtual singing voice technology based on a novel voice model with improved glottal source modelingl
  5. Speech Research Scientist (Speech Synthesis)
    • Develop and extend ObEN’s glottal source model, in view of improving the quality, flexibility and control (e.g. voice quality, expressivity) of ObEN’s speech and singing voice synthesis system
  6. Speech Research Scientist (Text-to-Speech)
    • Develop and extend ObEN’s proprietary TTS system, in view of improving the quality and the naturalness of the synthesized voice as well as the similarity to the target voice and reducing the amount of data for speaker adaptation

Marketing, Product Jobs

  1. Community Manager (Korean Market)
    • Help build and grow a strong community in ObEN’s Korean market; someone who is passionate about advanced technology and possess superior communication skills
  2. Director of Marketing (AI & Blockchain)
    • Lead ObEN’s global marketing efforts. Develop, plan, and budget marketing initiatives that will drive the company’s strategic growth and community expansion across key verticals and operating regions
  3. Enterprise Product Manager
    • Lead product ideation, technical development, product testing, and product launch processes for ObEN’s products
  4. Marketing Associate (Blockchain)
    • Develop content for various internal and external communications, including blogs, social, and community engagement
  5. Marketing Associate (Japanese)
    • Develop content for various internal and external communications – Staying current with tech industry news and trends, especially for the Japanese community
  6. Marketing Associate (Korean)
    • Develop content for various internal and external communications – Staying current with tech industry news and trends, especially for the Korean community
  7. Product Designer
    • Create UX designs, including wireframes, storyboard, and prototypes during ideation and development phases.
    • Establish best practices and methodologies on how designs are documented and communicated
  8. Senior Product Manager
    • Lead the ideation, planning, technical development, product analytics, and launch of innovative Personal AI-based products

Benefits + Perks

  • Lunch, Dinner, Snacks & Bagel Mondays
  • Weekly Chair Massages and Yoga – NICE!
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, 401K Plans
  • Open Vacation Policy
  • Company Happy Hours, Hikes & Retreats
  • Competitive Salary and Generous Stock Options

 

 

 

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A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.
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LAStartups.com, Schmoozd.com
A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.

CrowdStrike is Hiring 34 Remote Engineers

CrowdStrike is a cybersecurity technology company developing next-generation endpoint protection, delivered as a single integrated cloud-based solution. CrowdStrike’s Falcon technology stops breaches by detecting all attacks types, even malware-free intrusions, providing five-second visibility across all current and past endpoint activity while reducing cost and complexity for customers.

They are seeking 34 top-notch remote engineers to continue expanding its’ technology to stop security breaches around the globe.

Remote Engineering Jobs

  1. Application Security Engineer I
    • Help ensure software and systems are designed and implemented to the highest security standards. Develop threat models and test plans for new and existing platform components
  2. Engineering Program Manager
    • Creating and driving the project schedule, working with dev management task assignments, and managing schedule progress; from large phases through to detailed tasks, including understanding and managing dependencies
  3. Engineering Program Manager – East Coast
    • Collaborating with staff and management of multiple worldwide business units (including subject matter experts, design teams, and technology teams) to clearly identify, explain, and communicate their project involvement, project goals, expectations, and tasks.
  4. Senior Infrastructure Engineer
    • Help take our internal automation to the next level. Looking for a highly-technical, hands-on engineer with experience using several open source projects commonly found in large-scale deployments.
  5. Senior Infrastructure Engineer – Dev
    • Building and deploying self-service APIs and automation around large-scale cloud-based critical systems. You will be responsible for maintaining and extending the capabilities of internal administrative web components and developing infrastructure services to support CrowdStrike’s goal of a full DevOps model.
  6. Senior Network Engineer
    • Plan data center builds for agile use and deployment. Product periodic status reports on data center progress and performance and costs.
  7. Senior Security Engineer – Systems
    • Perform technical security assessments of current and new systems, monitor for emerging vulnerabilities, create tooling for known gaps, and deploy large-scale security/monitoring systems.
  8. Senior Software Engineer
    • Work closely with product management and development team to understand requirements and technical specifications. Create test plans, test cases, and automation for new features and enhancements to existing features.
  9. Senior Systems Engineer – Data Services
    • Maintain a deep understanding of the data components – including Cassandra, ElasticSearch, Kafka, Zookeeper, Hadoop, and Spark, and use that understanding to operate and automate properly configured clusters.
  10. Senior UX Writer
    • Write thoughtful, helpful UX microcopy: headings, labels, calls to actions, errors.Define the problem space, discover what the customer needs to know, and help customers complete tasks, based on research, interviews with subject matter experts, and using the product.
  11. Site Reliability Engineer
    • Develop and maintain services to meet reliability and scalability demands. Develop and enhancement monitoring services.
  12. Software Development Engineer in Test
    • Verify component, system integration, and application level features, and functionality to ensure our reliability, accuracy, and performance reach our standards for quality.
  13. Software Development Engineer in Test
    • Review engineering technical design documents and requirements. Provide plan and strategy about how and where to build in testability
  14. Software Development Engineer in Test – Sensor
    • Analyze complex software features, and build effective test strategies and test design. Build useful tools, frameworks, and test setup to use for developing tests effectively; the goal is to minimize manual testing and for the team to write automated tests for the product.
  15. Software Tools Engineer – Linux
    • Support and improve our tools for continuous build and release management. Build and maintain tools to improve scale and efficiency in our product and product release process.
  16. Splunk Engineer
    • Lead backend engineering efforts from rapid prototypes to large-scale applications using Splunk, Python, and Javascript.
  17. Sr. Cloud Engineer
    • Lead backend engineering efforts from rapid prototypes to large-scale applications across CrowdStrike products. Brainstorm, define and build collaboratively with members across multiple teams.
  18. Sr. Data Engineer – Cloud
    • Work on and develop new customer-facing data products as well as internal analytics systems which will be used by teams including Data Science and Validation.
  19. Sr. Software Engineer
    • Lead backend engineering efforts from rapid prototypes to large-scale applications across CrowdStrike products.
  20. Sr. Software Engineer – Golang
    • Leverage and build cloud-based systems to detect targeted attacks and automate cyber threat intelligence production at a global scale.
  21. Sr. Software Engineer – Sensor
    • Provide key leadership on the sensor development team involved in architecture, strategy, in building and improving next-generation Anti-Virus and Enhanced Detection and Response Security Software.
  22. Sr. Software Engineer – Sensor Backend
    • Provide key contribution to the sensor development team involved in architecture, in implementation, and improvements to next generation Anti-Virus and Enhanced Detection and Response Security Software.
  23. Sr. Software Engineer – Overwatch Labs
    • Lead projects to build new components and extend the current system, where you would need to gather requirements, plan, code, test, and deploy to completion. Help the OverWatch team become more effective in their analysis and hunting by improving the platform and tools.
  24. Systems Engineer – Automation
    • Automation of large scale systems spanning multiple locations and environments. Write code that understands public cloud, private cloud, bare metal. Automate common tasks, deploy with an IaaS model, utilize chef or similar.
  25. Senior Intelligence Analyst, eCrime
    • Identify cyber threats, trends, and new developments on various predetermined cybersecurity topics by analyzing raw intelligence and data which includes geopolitical and transnational events/issues
  26. Security Engineer
    • Plan security systems by evaluating network and security technologies; developing requirements for local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), virtual private networks (VPNs), routers, firewalls, and related security and network devices
  27. Platform Operations Specialist
    • Providing technical implementation, configuration, and troubleshooting assistance with the deployment of the CrowdStrike platform and associated applications. Troubleshoot customer deployment issues across small to large enterprises
  28. Security DevOps Engineer
    • Develop code (Python, Powershell, Javascript, HTML, etc) to interact with REST APIs and API driven security technologies to automate security tasks. Programming/Scripting: experience coding in Powershell, C, C#, VB, Python, Perl, Ruby on Rails, and.NET.
  29. Software Engineer – Services Cloud Infrastructure
    • Develop production, scalable, secure, and customer-facing tools. Write clean, documented, and maintainable code
  30. Sr. Curriculum Developer
    • Create, extend, enhance, revise and maintain course material on incident response, forensic analysis, intelligence operations, and other information security topics.
  31. Sr. Data Engineer
    • Good knowledge of some (or all) of AWS, Python, Golang , Kafka , Spark, Airflow, ECS, Kubernetes, etc to build infrastructure that can ingest and analyze billions of events per day.
  32. Sr. Developer, Research Operations II
    • Collaborate with SCAR members to build, develop, and maintain operational research systems, projects, and tools. Lead projects to build new components and extend the current system, where you would need to gather requirements, plan, code, test, and deploy to completion.
  33. Escalation Engineer – Mac
    • Expertise in the macOS environment troubleshooting and diagnosing low-level operating systems and network issues. Ability to develop diagnostic scripts and other customer-facing automation to help gather more targeted information relevant to failures.
  34. Technical Account Manager
    • Serve as primary technical contact and augment our customer support teams. Serve as a customer advocate with internal CrowdStrike stakeholders to ensure needed customer feedback is adequately documented and assessed by internal parties.

Benefits + Perks

  • Competitive compensation + Stock Options
  • 401k
  • Competitive Vacation Policy
  • Paid parental leave
  • Competitive Health, dental, and vision benefits for you and your family
  • We embrace distributed work and flexible work hours
  • Wellness programs
  • Stocked fridges, coffee, soda, and lots of treats
  • Free lunches regularly catered
  • Regular team activities, including happy hours, community service events

 

 

 

Founder, Editor-in-Chief
LAStartups.com, Schmoozd.com
A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.
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LAStartups.com, Schmoozd.com
A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.

Want to Work at a Startup? Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile With These Simple Tips

Want to Work at a Startup? Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile With These Simple Tips

If you’re looking for a job at a startup, no other social networking tool will be of greater help to you than LinkedIn. The vast majority of startups use it as their primary candidate search tool, so you need to do a version of SEO on your LinkedIn profile to make it stand out.

Even if you are happily employed, you owe it to yourself to be well represented on Linkedin, as you NEVER know what will come your way. LinkedIn is the first place companies go to find out about you.

Here Are The Must-Haves

Right from the very beginning, your profile has to stand out from the rest of the riff-raff. Startups are a lot about the mission of the company their building. Show why you are passionate about working for their company by sharing your experiences that align with their mission. Startups want to find someone who loves their company almost as much as they do.

So, first, make sure that you have the basic steps covered. This starts with a professional-looking profile photo to help them recognize you. It’s been found that you get 9 times more connection requests when you have a photo than when you don’t have one.

You also need to make sure that your profile is updated with the latest information. It must include your present industry, company, and position, so that you’re better able to connect with the content, groups, and jobs you’re interested in.

Your current location is also crucial, as this type of listing helps searches made by recruiters, former coworkers, and fellow alumni. With your location listed, you’re 10 times more likely to be found.

A good profile can immediately display your work affiliation and location, your contact info, and your list of connections. It can feature your education history, though you can also hide this easily if you don’t want to highlight it. You should also add videos and images to your summary.

Make your profile stand out from others by adding your FUN side to it.  Use emoji, symbols and visual cues in your profile will definitely help to make it stands out from the crowd in a positive way especially if you use them conservatively. Make sure you don’t overuse them. You don’t want your profile to appear unprofessional.

Keyword Your Skills

Recruiters spend hours searching on LinkedIn looking for top performers. And when they find them, they will contact the top performers. Knowing this, you’ll serve yourself well to market yourself as a top performer by highlighting your skills in the summary and experience section.

With the ever-increasing data available about you, the candidate, many companies are using innovative Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools to quickly weave out the low performers. AI technology has the ability to quickly sifts out keywords and key skills in your resume. Customize your profile with keywords that represent the required soft and hard skills found in the job listings. Incorporate these terms throughout your profile, particularly in the “Key Skills” and “Work Experience” sections will definitely help. Remember, hiring managers to need to know what industry you are an expert in, what technologies you are most fluent in, and which types of products/services do you have the most familiarity with.

You can start by featuring your top 3 skills on your profile. These are the skills for which you want to be recognized. You can also categorize your skills so that others will find it easier to find out if you have the particular skills they’re looking for.

One example of categorization is to have categories such as Skills in Technology and Tools, Industry Expertise, Interpersonal Skills, and Miscellaneous Skills. You should take care of the order of the skills you list within each category, as the most important ones should be at the top of the list. Don’t forget to update these lists as you gain more skills. Whether you learn a new program or even just a new musical instrument, include them all here.

These listings matter a lot, in case you still don’t realize their importance. If you have at least 5 skills on your profile, you’ll get 17 times more profile views. Recruiters and other people who can help you advance in your professional career can send up to 31 times more messages.

You can finish off the profile by adding more clues to who you are aside from your work and educational experience. Mention every charity or community work you’ve, and don’t forget to add new awards and accomplishments. Always update, as you’re never really done with your LinkedIn profile.

This might interest you: Top 5 Items that Job Seekers Need to Remove from Their LinkedIn Profile


 

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Jason is the founder and CEO of Cadre; a talent agency, recruiting software incubator and Angel Investor. He has been recruiting in LA for 12 years across a portfolio of startups ranging from Pre-Series A to publicly traded tech companies and Venture Capitalists.
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Jason Stomel
Cadre Talent, Santa Monica, CA
Jason is the founder and CEO of Cadre; a talent agency, recruiting software incubator and Angel Investor. He has been recruiting in LA for 12 years across a portfolio of startups ranging from Pre-Series A to publicly traded tech companies and Venture Capitalists.

How the Stock Market Affects the Job Market

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How the Stock Market Affects the Job Market

The recent stock market plummet has sent many people into wondering if the job market will follow suit, affecting their careers and livelihoods.

The good news is, even though the health of the stock market does have an impact on the job market, it’s often not a one-to-one correlation.

The Stock Market As an Indicator of Shareholder Confidence

The stock market reflects not only the strength of the economy at the moment but also the confidence that investors and corporations have in the future of the market.

If shareholders believe that a company is going to make more profits, then the stock price will bounce back and the organization will have more resources to expand and hire employees. If the market feels that a company’s earnings will remain stagnant or decline, then the stock price will drop and the organization will likely have to tighten its belt.

As such, how investors evaluate the economy will impact corporations’ resource allocation and hiring decisions.

Keep in mind that the stock market is a leading indicator while the job market is a lagging indicator. A single fluctuation in the stock market is unlikely to impact the job market significantly in the short run.

However, if the downward trend continues in the stock market and shareholder confidence starts to erode, the job market will likely suffer since a company’s stock value is based on investors’ projection of its future earnings.

One major reason that a bull market typically creates more jobs is the increased M&A activities. Larger companies have more cash and tend to expand more aggressively. On the other hand, M&A activities tend to slow down in a sustained bear market.

Also, VC money tends to drop off in a sustained bear market, which often results in a tight market, as well as a contraction in seed and Series A rounds. This, in turn, affects the hiring prognosis for startups while more candidates are holding onto their jobs at bigger shops. Such candidate-favored market could deter smaller companies from hiring.

How the Stock Market Affects the Job Market

How the Stock Market and Job Market Affect Each Other

Many factors, such as the global economy, political climate, and investor confidence can impact how the stock market and the job market affect each other as they’re intertwined in nuanced ways.

For example, the economy doesn’t have to decline to put CEOs under pressure. If shareholders start losing confidence for any reason and executives are forced to put a hold on spending, the job market could be affected.

Alternatively, when job seekers see signs of uncertainty in the market, they’re likely to stay at their current jobs and start banking more money instead of taking more risks or increase their spending. This will reduce their disposable income, impact the economy, reduce corporate earnings, and eventually affect the stock market.

There are other factors that will affect the confidence of the market and the outlook of investors in response to a plummet in stock prices, which can have a major impact on the job market.

For example, if investors are pessimistic about the political climate and the Fed responds by increasing the interest rates, global stock and bond market will continue to drop. Companies will be under pressure to tighten their spending by pausing their hiring or even laying off employees.

However, if the political climate instills an optimistic mood in corporate America (e.g., through deregulation and tax breaks,) stockholder confidence can stay high despite a momentary drop in stock prices. Businesses will feel empowered and continue to expand and hire more employees.

Last but not least, wild swings in stock prices could impact market confidence more significantly. As a result, the fluctuation is likely to be more destabilizing for the job market.


 

Cadre is a quality over quantity boutique recruiting shop specializing in all things software engineering, robotics, artificial intelligence, and autonomous vehicles. Cadre is building a talent network utilizing AI and Machine Learning to help solve the tech talent crisis across their portfolio of 85 startups throughout California, Seattle, and Austin.

 

Jason Stomel
Contributor
Cadre Talent, Santa Monica, CA
Jason is the founder and CEO of Cadre; a talent agency, recruiting software incubator and Angel Investor. He has been recruiting in LA for 12 years across a portfolio of startups ranging from Pre-Series A to publicly traded tech companies and Venture Capitalists.
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Jason Stomel
Cadre Talent, Santa Monica, CA
Jason is the founder and CEO of Cadre; a talent agency, recruiting software incubator and Angel Investor. He has been recruiting in LA for 12 years across a portfolio of startups ranging from Pre-Series A to publicly traded tech companies and Venture Capitalists.

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