Top 20 Job Search Questions

If you were unable to attend one of our three webinars about the job market you missed some fantastic tips and even greater questions from our attendees. Below is a compiled list of the Top 20 Questions and Answers from the webinars. We hope these help you find your dream job!


1. Are more companies using LinkedIn profiles as the application in lieu of a resume?
No! A resume is still very necessary and relevant today. A LinkedIn profile should be used to accent your resume and provide more information, not take its place.

2. I have worked for a company that has changed their name 3 times over 15 years.  What is the best way to show it on LinkedIn?
List the current name of the company. After the current name list the previous names in parentheses. For example: Astro Tech Solutions (Technology Innovations, Tech Super Stars)

3. Should your LinkedIn profile match your resume exactly?
Your resume and LinkedIn profile should not mirror each other exactly. Your resume should be tailored specifically for the job that you are seeking. While your LinkedIn profile is not intended for a particular audience, it should be used for networking and providing a more all around view of your experience, knowledge and activities. In addition, LinkedIn profiles should have a slightly friendly tone than a resume. In a LinkedIn profile it is ok to use personal pronouns and to let a bit of your personality come through.

4. How do you create a STRONG profile on LinkedIn?
You need to keep in mind that you are writing to a broad audience. A number of people will read your profile, for example a recruiter, hiring manager, past boss, or even a friend. All of which are great for networking! If you need help creating a STRONG profile, we have experts on staff that will make yours sing!

5. What are the “keywords” needed to make your LinkedIn profile standout?
Make sure that your profile is 100% complete. The keywords should align your experience to your career goals.  A useful way to determine what keywords should be included in your profile is to look at job descriptions for jobs that interest you and see what keywords the employers are using. If you have those skills & experiences, add the keywords to your profile (and your resume!).

6. I have a LinkedIn account, but have never set up my profile, is this something you could help me with?
Absolutely! We set up and improve LinkedIn accounts daily. In addition, as recruiters we know what makes them stand out. We would love to help!


7. Why do employers ask for a salary at the beginning of the interview process?
It’s simple really; they want to know if they can afford you. Now answering this question can be a bit tricky. Expect this question and prepare ahead for the interview to ensure you don’t misstep. It’s always best to give a range when answering. Get more information on how to answer that questions here:

8. What about being very qualified and experienced; but you are in a higher salary range?
We rarely see companies flex out of the range they have established for a position. If you want and need more than the range they are paying, tell the recruiter or hiring manager that you would like to be considered for other, more senior roles within the organization. If you take a salary hit that you aren’t willing to take you won’t be happy, and the employer won’t get your best every day at work. That isn’t a good situation for anyone!


9. I am retired and re-entering the workforce, how do I account for the months/years off on my resume?
If you were involved in volunteering, in your community, or other notable activities, draw attention to those experiences on your resume. Additionally, in a cover letter/email to an employer we recommend you tell them why you are re-entering the workforce. Let them know you are excited to be challenged and look forward to working again. However, if you do not receive results such as getting interviews, you probably need to leverage your network more.

10. How far back should my resume go? Does it date me?
Don’t have anything on your resume more than 20 years old, even if you think your most relevant experience was in the 80’s and 90’s. Recruiters and hiring directors will not find this applicable to the position.

11. Company recruiters seem to not understand that some older workers do not have to stay at their current income but offer a skill set that is invaluable. The recruiters are too hung up on current income, how do we get past this?
Instead of stating your current income, state what you are willing to be paid. If you are making $100K, but you know the job pays around $75K and you are comfortable with that, tell the recruiter that because of how closely the job aligns with what you are seeking and the strong skills you have, you are seeking to be in the range of $70-$80K.


12. It’s been years since I’ve done anything to my resume, should I just add to it or completely redo it?
Chances are, your resume is out of date therefore not relevant. If you have a job in mind, you will need to redo your resume and tailor your skills to the job you would like. If you don’t have a job in mind, it is still necessary to redo and update your resume so you have a ‘master’ to keep and modify for every job you apply for.

13. Is it better to have ‘gaps’ in your resume if certain jobs don’t pertain to what you are applying for, or should you have all of your experience listed?
This depends on how long the gaps were and how many you’ve had. A gap of a couple months and only one or twice isn’t concerning. Extended gaps, and more than a couple of them can raise a red flag for a recruiter. Each person’s situation is a bit different. If you want advice specific to your career, give us a call!

14. Do keywords on a resume still matter?
Yes, absolutely! In fact not having keywords could cost you the interview. Make sure your resume has keywords tailored to each job you are applying for.

15. What are the best resources when looking for job openings?
We have found that the following websites are great resources:

16. I am considering switching job fields, how can I best tailor a resume when I don’t have direct experience?
While you may not have the direct experience, chances are you have some transferable skills that you can highlight on your resume that show you have the abilities needed for the job. When tailoring your resume, have the job description in hand and focus on the skills that will match.


17. I’m unhappy in my current job. I want to begin looking at other opportunities, but am reluctant to leave a salaried position. When is the right time to start actively searching for a new position?
Right now! If you are not happy, it is absolutely necessary to start looking as soon as possible.

18. I no longer wish to be in my current position, but I don’t know what I want to do. Is this something you can help me with?
Yes! Our career coaches are here to help you explore and discover your next steps with achievable steps that will get you there.

19. Is it fair to accept a mediocre job in a small town like Boulder, knowing it’s not the job you love?
If you don’t have other options, you may have to take a job you don’t love. However, go into the job committing to giving it your best for at least 1 year. Use it as a chance to gain experience, enhance your skills, and build your network.

20. I’ve been out of work for a while and the idea of networking is intimidating. What should I do?
Make small goals for yourself. One goal might be to attend a local meet-up or networking event and commit to meeting 2 people while you are there. You don’t have to meet everyone in the room if this is hard for you – just set small goals.


21. What are the hot jobs/markets in Boulder right now?

Professional and technical services
Clean Technology

22. What are the declining industries?

Oil and Gas
Natural Resources

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