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And we are committed to supporting you during this very challenging time. Our hope is that this information provides some helpful advice for the next stage of your career.

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LinkedIn Tips
5 best LinkedIn profile tips from recruiters

Resumé Tips
Let's Eat, Grandma
Adweek resumé writing help  

Unemployment Tips
Things you should do if you’re unemployed
How to network from your couch
What you need to know about the elements of networking 

Top Tips from Recruiters
Acing your next virtual interview
Tips for Succeeding During Your Zoom Interview
Best questions to ask at the end of every interview
What to do after the interview    

Job Sites/Resources
The Avail List
Working not working
Dribbble (for creative)
Creative Ham
Creative Hotlist
We Are Rosie

Industry Resources
Ad Relief
Adweek Jobs
Staffing Agencies
People-Ware Staffing
Creative Circle
BLT Recruiting
Revelations Executive Search

unemployment tips from an insider

File immediately. Do not wait.  

Make sure you mark that you were laid off due to COVID. This will allow you to receive any additional FEDERAL benefits, should another stimulus package pass now and in the future.

If you need to contact EDD by phone, call them today and write down the prompts you need to push to be directed to the correct person. Call the next day at 8 a.m. and push those prompts super-fast. Do not wait until 8:01 a.m.

You will be issued a Bank of America debit card. You can easily link your checking account online to make your transfers. https://prepaid.bankofamerica.com/EddCard You do not need to physically use the card. If you have filed for unemployment, DI or PFL prior and were issued a card at that time you will use the same one, unless it is expired. If it is expired call now to get a replacement card mailed to you. The replacement cards are currently about 14 days backlogged.

Every two weeks you will need to log into EDD to certify your weeks. You will mark that you were not paid and that you were looking for a job. You should see payment in your BofA account within 48 hours.  

You can then transfer those funds to your personal checking account. You should see them in your personal checking account within 2 bank business days.

The entire process from certification of benefits to money in your personal banking account should take 4 business days.

General resumé tips

Show your personality. Add an interests, about me etc. section. Remember to stay professional, don’t get too crazy.  

Past and present. Current roles/experiences should be in present tense, all past roles/experiences should be in past tense.

Don’t take up precious real estate with your address — skip the personal info but make sure to include your contact info, e.g., email, phone number and LinkedIn URL/portfolio link.

The one-page rule. Stick to it unless your experience spans 15+ years or you’re hacking an ATS. (See below).  

PDF vs. Word. Create two resumés, yes two. One in Word and one in PDF. Word you would typically use when applying via an ATS, and PDF when applying directly. Here are some articles on how to hack the ATS: https://resumecompanion.com/resume-help/resume-pdf-or-word/; https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/beating-machine-how-get-your-resume-hands-human-recruiter-kunal-kerai/; https://www.reddit.com/r/jobs/comments/8ml5s8/i_made_a_guide_on_how_you_can_overcome_some/

On top of your roles and experience, include any certifications and specific program knowledge.

Proofread! Reach out to the recruitment team or a friend to get a fresh pair of eyes on your resumé.  

Structure consistency. If you have bullet points, numbers, dashes, etc., make sure to be consistent throughout your entire resumé.

Don’t be shy. This is the time to do a little bragging. Don’t skip on highlighting your achievements.  

No need to include “references” or “references upon request” section.

creative resumé tips

For each professional position, include accounts that you’ve worked on in that role.

Make sure your portfolio URL is on your resumé, and if it must be password- protected, include the password.

List all awards you’ve won.