Want to land your dream job? Then you need these soft skills.

A couple of weeks ago we posted an article about how to land a dream job that’s out of your league. In the article, we shared several under-discussed tactics that help you stand out from the other candidates. Many of what we shared, like following your potential teammates on LinkedIn or Twitter, don’t require more experience from you but instead are related to your soft skills.

Recently, LinkedIn came out with an article which shared their research into the future of work. It turns out; soft skills will be more critical than ever.

Here are the top most sought-after soft skills from today’s employers:

It’s not just getting the job done; it’s how you get the job done that matters. Are you kind, respectful and helpful to others? Do you help elevate the quality of the team around you with your hard and soft skills? How does the team improve with having you around? These have always been important, but as more work becomes collaborative, related to critical thinking and creativity skills, these will only grow in their relevance.

How have you seen or experienced soft skills improving the workplace?

It’s time to skill up or get out (in America)

Toward the end of 2017, LinkedIn published a massive report on jobs in the US. It mostly focuses on emerging job market trends, but there’s a lot of valuable insights in it.

In this article, we’ll cover some of the highlights from their research. Or you can jump straight to the report here.

Here’s what we found about the future of jobs:

  • It’s estimated that 65% of children entering primary school today will ultimately hold jobs that don’t yet exist. Manufacturing jobs are barely coming back now, but they’re DEFINITELY not coming back in the future, no matter who is president.
  • Some specialist roles are on the decline. Here’s what LinkedIn says “From specialized developer roles to legal specialists, and even specialized logistics roles, we see these roles being replaced in favor of more comprehensive skill sets and job titles. For example, Flash-related roles are on the decline as the technology loses steam in favor of more big data and machine learning roles.”
  • Multidisciplinary skills are growing in demand. Many of the roles on this list cover multiple disciplines and apply to numerous industries. Aka, it’s time to become a triple threat.
  • Sales Development Representatives, are proliferating, and while they’re an entry-level role, they’re an excellent option for those looking to break into any industry.
  • Top 20 emerging jobs in America:

They also crunched data about the last five years of jobs, and here are some trends.

  • Tech jobs are king: Jobs with the top growth potential are in tech. Whether the company is tech or not, too. Jobs like this are machine learning engineer, data scientist, and big data engineers, and these jobs rank among the top emerging jobs. Every company will need a set of these team members on staff to succeed in the future. Take one of many of the industry leader, HubSpot, free courses and certifications (they’re in jobs that you’ll find in the tech sectors like marketing, sales, and design).
  • Soft skills still matter: Not all of the emerging tech jobs require technical skills. Sales development representative, customer success manager, and brand partner rank among the top emerging jobs at companies where a technical background is not a requirement. Soft skills like communication and management underpin all of these jobs. Take the inexpensive edX course on soft skills for $49 USD.
  • Jobs with high mobility on the rise: Several top emerging jobs reflect broader societal trends, such as wellness, flexibility and location mobility.
  • Low supply of talent for top jobs: Data scientist roles have grown over 650% since 2012, but currently 35,000 people in the US have data science skills, while hundreds of companies are hiring for those roles – even those you may not expect in sectors like retail and finance – supply of candidates for these positions cannot keep up with demand.  Check out  Coursera,  Udacity, or this Forbe’s article’s list of trainings for those aspiring to be data scientists.
  • Future-proofing skills are critical: Some of these emerging jobs didn’t even exist five years ago, and many professionals are not confident their current skill set will be relevant within the next 1-2 years. Learning how to learn is a critical element of future success. Try this Coursera course to identify and master skills so you can learn how you learn.

Is this impacting you and your world today? Do you need help getting a job in tech? Leave a comment with your thoughts or tell us what you need by filling out this survey and we’ll continue to find a way to help.

The Stock Market and How It Relates to the US Economy

The stock market is down for the first time for a long time. It’s also at the lowest point this year (since Jan 1).

In this article, you’ll find out exactly how the stock market relates to the US economy.

Okay, so first, what is an economy in general?

As explained by Investopedia, an “economy is the large set of inter-related production and consumption activities that aid in determining how scarce resources are allocated. This is also known as an economic system.”

When most people say “the economy” they’re referring to the collection of buying and selling goods by consumers (like you and me), corporations, and governments. What you buy as a consumer and whether you choose to use cash or credit to purchase it impacts the economy in a small way. However, consider how much all consumers – aka people in the economy – are buying. The group as a whole spending money or not illuminates collective macro trends, which says a lot about the economy.  And then with companies, what they borrow for money to develop/grow, what they sell, and how much of it they sell. Are companies selling enough to fund their organization to develop more product, to sell more product to people? Are people buying the goods because they have the money, and are confident enough to spend their money instead of saving it? All of these purchases or non-purchases together, develop the core of the economy.

For further explanation of full view of an economy, this Ray Dalio video does a phenomenal job. Watch the first few minutes to see how he explains an economy.

(Also, never heard of this guy? Here’s an excerpt from Ray Dalio’s Wikipedia page: Dalio is an American billionaire investor, hedge fund manager, and philanthropist. Dalio is the founder of investment firm Bridgewater Associates, one of the world’s largest hedge funds. As of January 2018, he is one of the world’s 100 wealthiest people, according to Bloomberg.)

Next, what the hell are stocks and why do we care about them?

The stock market is marketplace composed of a collection of company stocks.

Stocks allow everyday investors, aka the public, to own a part of a company.  Without stocks being available for purchase, only private equity companies and investors would profit from the free market economy.

Companies need stock because they provide them the capital (aka cash money) they need to grow. Money helps them hire more people to create more product to sell, more sales reps to help sell the new product, and so on and so forth. This growth hopefully gives them a competitive advantage to continue to grow and succeed in today’s competitive landscape.

And to sell stocks to the public (aka not people who work for the company or were angel/seed/venture capital investors in the company), a company must launch an Initial Public Offering (aka an IPO). This IPO process raises a lot of capital for the organization, and signals to buyers everywhere that the company has operational excellence and is successful enough for the whole IPO process. When a company goes public, it goes from being owned by the business founders/investors/employees (who own stock) to be owned by the public, or “the market.”

Lastly, stocks indicate to the market, investors, and voyeurs who watch the market from the sidelines just how valuable a company is. For example, when stocks price increases, it means investors think the company’s earnings will improve. Falling stock prices mean investors have lost confidence in the company’s ability to grow. Most often, confidence is tied to profit margins.

However, lately, with the emergence of the internet, you’ll see other factors begin to shape a company’s stock price like:

  • How happy employees are – look at Glassdoor.
  • how excellent their offering is perceived by the market – G2M Crowd for the software industry.
  • And how well the company is run. For example, Ubers massive executive fiasco which caused many people to predict the company is on its way from hero to zero.).

Think of the stock market as voting, but with money.

A caveat: The stock market has it’s problems. Some people, like “The Lean Startup” author, Eric Ries, is trying to create a new and improved stock market which focuses on the long-term health of companies instead of immediate short-site of the everyday investors.  Read all about it here.

Back to our conversation at hand.

How does the stock market tie to the US economy?

Often people think the stock market and the US economy are directly correlated. Meaning that if the stock market is up, the economy is good, and if the stock market is down, the economy is bad.

The stock market is not the real economy.

As explained in the Ray Dalio video above, the economy is the culmination of stuff that we buy, sell, and product. That’s the accurate barometer. These numbers lead to metrics we focus on like whether we have enough jobs, what kind of jobs, are we at full employment, are wages growing, are consumers/people confident.

The stock market is an obvious, easy to explain, metric of the overall economy. Think of the September 2008 recession? For many, it began with the plunging stock market. However, it actually began in late 2007. Housing prices had been declining, and it became clear that housing prices had been inflated. Thus people weren’t going to be able to pay their mortgages. Then, fear spread throughout the economy as it does as a preamble to a recession. In the daily, they mention that banks stop lending, businesses saw their revenues decrease, businesses started laying people off.

To help the economy, the Federal Reserve dropped it’s interest rates to the lowest level ever – close to zero. Then started to buy up assets to make money and credit available again. They do this in hopes that people invest, buy, and spend more money.

When people are working, and companies are hiring, and people have enough discretionary income to buy things – they should also have enough money to invest. In their 401(k), where stocks are often a portion of the overall investing portfolio. Or invest outright in investment vehicles beyond the retirement ones (like 401k).

However, if you think about it, traditionally “the rich” are the ones who have *enough* extra money to invest in the stock market. While it’s changed slightly because the internet has made everyone a bit more educated bringing investing opportunities to more people, a few wealthy people can still buy enough stocks to impact the market.

As discussed in yesterday’s New York Times “The Daily” podcast, “Financial institutions have outsized influence over stock prices, and people who run financial institutions have directly, personally benefited from the policies of the Trump administration. He’s stripped away regulations and delivered a generous tax cut, giving Wall Street a sense that the party is back on.”

In the aftermath of the 2008 recession, it took a lot of regular Americans gaining confidence and investing in the stock market for the economy to turn around, but now we’re seeing that the stock market can boom based on the confidence of a relatively small group – in this case, a small group of wealthy people. Like we see happening right now.

As mentioned above, to strengthen and improve the economy, people need to spend money. And to spend money, they need to have the money. And to have the money to spend, they need increases in wages. We haven’t seen a real meaningful increase in wages in too long.

Unless you work in tech.

As we cap this off, keep in mind that interest rates will probably be rising soon.

The Fed is currently looking for signs of inflation, thus increasing (and really normalizing) interest rates – which means borrowing money and buying will slow down. Interest rates are still too low, and this means the Fed won’t have the ability to lower them in the next recession, which will inevitably happen, to increase spending again.

Ready to start investing? It’s time.

As my favorite quote goes, “If not now, then when?” Even a little as $20/month is a great start. It’s as simple as downloading a smartphone app to get started. The two are:

  1. Acorns: Free to start, no minimum to begin, but a ridiculous $1 a month fee – only use if you invest over ~$200 or more a month. Sign up using my code, and we’ll both get $5 free.
  2. Robinhood: There’s a waitlist right now, but leave a comment on my article, and I’ll send an invite. $5 minimum to get started.

Worried about the recession and want to wait it out? Don’t! I’ll leave you with this lovely insight from my favorite, Tony Robbins.

How to Overcome “Drifting” In Life

We’ve all been there.

Spending a few weeks, months, and most-often years drifting about waiting for some sign or an opportunity to arrive directly before us.

Sometimes this happens. Sometimes it doesnt. And sometimes if you wait long enough, inspiration will strike.

Where to next?

However, as any professional artists knows – inspiration is for amateurs. In the simple act of sitting down to do the work, you learn, grow, change, and find inspiration. There’s a beautiful, yet confronting saying by Chuck Close that touches on this point:

“Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightening to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself.”

This morning, I listened to the the “Daily Calm” meditation on the Calm app for my phone. This feature is usually 10 minutes where the first 8 are silent or guided meditation, and the last 2 minutes are comprised of a thought-provoking story, concept, idea – something to challenge our normal ways of thinking.

Today’s was on guidance and it was powerful in it’s differentness from the way we traditionally think about the world around us and our lives. I’ve shared it below for you to read. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

“There are times when life can feel directionless. 

Perhaps, we’ve tried to pursue one career for many years, yet it hasn’t worked out the way we’d hoped.

Perhaps, we’ve been seeking inspiration or purpose, but it hasn’t become clear. 

Life can stall and the grip of stagnation can affect our relationships, career, or entire life.

It’s as though we’re on a raft, rocking in the waves, adrift in the ocean, forgetting how we ever got there. We want to set off and chart a new course, but we feel lost and aimless.

So how can we find new momentum after years of drifting?

Well there’s no magical map to help us find land, but the principle of Beginner’s Mind can help us discover new sources of direction.

Beginner’s Mind teaches us that in every moment lies and opportunity to see something new. When we’re stuck, it helps us see things with a newfound openness and child-like curiousity.

If we bring Beginner’s Mind to our stagnation, we can rise above the regrets and judgments that might be keeping us stuck.

We can see beyond the things we’ve been told are imossible. The narratives we tell ourselves about our limits. We become unecumbered by our past, so we’re able to imagine fresh ideas and new strategies to get us moving.

As Thich Nhat Hanh said, “For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them.”

And that includes abdonding the idea that where you are right now is wrong, because it may be an important part of your journey.

There are times when we drift, maybe even for years, and in that time we learn, we change, we grow. Drifting can feel scary, but it can also be viewed as exciting when viewed with a curious mind and a boundless sense of newness and possibility.

And now, take one last deep breath….”

If you are drifting:

  • Find solace that everyone drifts at one point or another.
  • Consider this part of your life a beautiful chapter in your autobiography in which you can refer back to many times for it’s learnings and what it provided to you at this point in your life.
  • Rise above the regret and judgement and try doing the work (as Chuck would say), approaching your current situation with Beginner’s Mind.

    And if you’re new to the of Begginer’s mind, below are 11 ways to develop Beginner’s Mind (or as the Budhists call it, Shoshin), found from this Inc article:

  1. Take one step at a time.
  2. Fall down seven times, get up eight times.
  3. Use Don’t Know mind. Don’t pre-judge.
  4. Live without shoulds.
  5. Make use of experience. Don’t negate experience, but keep an open mind on how to apply it to each new circumstance.
  6. Let go of being an expert.
  7. Experience the moment fully.
  8. Disregard common sense.
  9. Discard fear of failure.
  10. Use the spirit of enquiry.
  11. Focus on questions, not answers.

When you’re ready to start a new chapter, I want to help. I’ve written a guide to help you navigate your way to the the job of your dreams. If you’re seeking more, please reach out in the contact form and tell me how I can.

How to Get a Job at a Company That’s Out of Your League

We all want one, a job that changes our lives forever. Maybe it is the happiness that we’d gain on a day-to-day basis we’re seeking. Or maybe it’s the skills we’d develop as we grow into the role, or perhaps it’s the passionate network of people we’d be exposed to every day.

Well, unfortunately, it’s out of our reach, but not for long.

Here are the 6 things you can do to get the job of your dreams, at the company of your dreams.

  1. Make sure the company is right for you.

Often we get excited by the shiny exterior of the company. It can be the attractiveness of the website, their down-to-earth social media presence, or perhaps it’s just the product we like.

Appreciating these from the exterior, are all very different than spending 40+ hours a week immersed in the company, and it’s culture.

Before you dive into the application process, do some research on the company’s culture. Find out what their values are, what they look for in team members, and what other employees have to say.

How can you do that? Leverage these 3 websites:

  • The company’s website. See if there’s any content on pages like  “careers” or “our team” to help you see what they’re like behind the scenes.
  • Google. Turn to Google and type “culture and [company name].” You’re looking for website pages, powerpoint presentations they’ve produced and anything else you can get your hands on which seems credible. Many companies like Netflix, HubSpot, and Zappos often put out powerpoints, website pages, and books dedicated to discussing their culture.
  • Last but not least, Glassdoor. There are tons of employee-written reviews for you to read readily at your fingertips.

Here’s an example of what Facebook’s company reviews page looks like:

 

2. Understand the company’s mission and strategy.

Understanding and believing in the company’s mission is critical to being hired. Why? Because it helps you understand the reason why the company exists, what drives them and every employe every day, and details what your work would help them to accomplish.

A quick Google search using individual executive’s names and the company name can help you see any public-facing presentations, blogs, or books they’ve written about their company and what their purpose is in the world.

If you don’t know any executives, look at the company website to see if they’re listed as team members or you can look at LinkedIn.

The content you find here should be inspiring, purpose-driven, and help you to get a sense of the philosophical approach or stance the company has in their industry.

3. Build up domain knowledge and expertise.

If you’ve read up about the company’s culture, purpose, and the mountains they’re trying to move are and are still inspired, then it’s time to move on to this step – knowledge acquisition.

If you are applying for a marketing, sales, designer or a PM role – there is a lot of helpful content out there for you to learn from. Here are some I’d recommend:

Marketers:

Sales Reps:

Designers:

Product Managers:

Developers/Engineers:

Entrepreneurs 

4. Develop your network and create some meaningful connections

Now is the time to focus on developing meaningful relationships with your potential future teammates.

You can find team members by looking up employees on LinkedIn, and then use Google or Twitter to find them online. Yes, this might feel like stalking, but it’s worth it if these are the people you’re going to be with for 40+ hours a week.

And as the Jim Rohn saying goes, you’re the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. Don’t you want to make sure they’re people you respect?

Not only is it helpful to get a sense of who these people are, but you’ll find out some of the things they’re passionate about and what makes them tick. This information is especially valuable for the people that will interview you. Communicating with a person that you saw their Twitter profile, and that you too, like cats is a great way to build rapport when interviewing for any position. Even better, is mentioning a piece of content they wrote which you’ve read and sharing the specific parts you enjoyed shows you are thorough. Did we mention it also just feels great to have someone reference a piece of content you’ve developed? While doing this won’t transform you from a “no” candidate to a “yes” candidate for hiring, it does help if they’re questioning your hunger or passion for the job and can help them off the proverbial fence.

The last benefit to doing your research and connecting with these people is that it shows you’ve done your research. If someone views your profile on LinkedIn while logged in to their account, you can see that they’ve looked at your page. If you’re retweeting some content they’ve tweeted or published themselves, then it shows you’re committed to the job and have gone above and beyond what most candidates do. Trust me, I’ve interviewed a lot of people in my day, and many candidates don’t do basic research on the team they’re joining, nevermind the people they’ll be working under, beside, or above.

Join the conversation by answering some Quora questions with your newfound knowledge. Or you can join a group on LinkedIn or a Slack room. And lastly, search Reddit or Google to see if there are any websites or forums dedicated solely to your desired company or field of expertise.

All of these are small signs that go a long way not only in interviews but in helping you to become part of the community truly.

5. Refine your resume

There are entire business models built around helping people to refine and polish their resume. I won’t go into it in depth here, but if you email me (using the Contact) form, I’ll take a look and make some recommendations.

With that being said, here are some points I’d make based on my experience from interviewing candidates and reviewing their resumes over the years:

This should go without saying, but be 100% honest. 

Have it be up-to-date. Make sure your street address, phone number, and email address are all places they can reach you. If your email isn’t your name – time to update it. Make it a gmail account too. Instead of GotTangxoxo5667@yahoo.com, use “yourfullname@gmail.com” or “firstname.lastname@gmail.com” or even “lastname.firstname@gmail.com”. A professional email address shows your professionalism.

Sign up for a gmail account here.

Make sure it’s consistent. Are you using periods after your bullet points? Then make sure every bullet point includes periods. Have you aligned your dates on the far right of the page? These are the small details that people tend to overlook that can cost you credibility.

Include numbers to quantify your case. If you’ve grown a social media presence, then include by how much. If you regularly sent emails for a previous company, then include the numerical amount of people that were part of this database. If you ran a community, include how many people were part of it and what percentage of growth you were able to achieve.

Here is a great example that Monster.com used in one of their articles on resume writing tips:

Which one is more comprehensive and helpful for a recruiter and employer to read, A or B?
A. Supervisor in a popular restaurant destination.
B. Recruited, hired, trained, and supervised more than 20 employees in a restaurant with $2 million in annual sales.

You guessed it, B – by far.

And don’t forget to include any certifications, awards you’ve won, or volunteer work you’ve done. If you’ve been an employee of the month, were asked to MC a company event, or have been a “big brother” or “big sister” for a while – be sure to include those too!

Let your personality shine through. Way back when (almost 7 years ago), I included under “skills” that I was excellent at foosball when applying to HubSpot, and it helped me to stand out from the norm while injecting my style. One caveat here, if you’re applying to a company that wouldn’t appreciate this, then it’s probably best to leave it off your resume.

Ready to send it over? HAVE SOMEONE PROOFREAD IT FIRST! No matter how hard you try, they’ll always find at least one grammatical or typo issue. It’s just part of life. And if they don’t, then maybe you should mention in your interview how you have excellent grammar and are impeccable with attention to detail.

Want to see an example? Here’s a link to my resume, Sarah Bedrick Resume 1A

 

6.  Clean-Up and polish your online presence

Purge any and all Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter photos that you don’t want you future employer to see. Remove anything even remotely in question. You don’t want to be a robot, but you also don’t want to have them questioning your judgment before you come in for the interview.

While you’re at it, upload a new and more professional image. Find a white or brick background and have someone snap a photo of you with a smile. Nothing sultry, no smirks, just a kind, confident smile.

Lastly, Google search your name. Get a sense of what pops up, as this is content that your future employer might see as well. If there’s something you don’t like, remove it. If you can’t remove it, then try to outrank it. To outrank it, start a free wordpress.com blog with your full name and write a post or two. You can also make sure you’ve signed up for LinkedIn and Twitter, and your profiles are public. Sign up for other public-facing accounts like on AngelList and beef up your profiles, so they are considered better, more relevant search results for your name in the eyes of Google.

And now you are officially ready to apply. Good luck!

7 Websites To Help You Find a Job in Tech

You’re ready to start your job search. You’ve done all of your necessary learning, certification-course-taking, and resume updating.

Here are some of the most prevalent websites today that will help you find a job you love.

  1. Angel List

AngelList not only hosts a ton of technology jobs like software, artificial intelligence, cryptocurrency – jobs posted there are available in tons of locations worldwide and of all levels from entry-level to c-suite.

Right now, there are 24,346 startups currently hiring through AngelList.

Take advantage of the filtering functionality, and be sure to save it and have daily emails sent to you with the most recent jobs which were posted and fit your filters.

Their secret sauce – hiring for early-stage startups.

2. LinkedIn Jobs

By signing up for a LinkedIn profile, you’re hooked into their network. It’s okay if you don’t have any professional experience to add yet or that you’re not proud of them because they don’t align with your future goals. Filling out your profile in a professional and positive manner is the foundational elements to getting closer to the job of your dreams.

Their secret sauce: Wildly robust information due to integrations with your profile’s information, other people’s profiles and information – like how you may stack-up against other candidates, and the company’s information.

Some other benefits of LinkedIn Premium account that we love.

You have access to data regarding their company’s employee growth over the years. Positive growth is a good sign.

You can see an estimated salary compensation. Obviously, this isn’t always accurate and you shouldn’t rely too heavily on it, but it’s a nice-to-have for the curious.

If there are enough job applicants, you can see how you stack up against other job applicants. For this Amazon Alexa program ManAger job, I’m currently in the 10% of applicants based on my LinkedIn profile. Hence the importance of your profile and the information on there. In this case, the skills you’ve added as well as the skills others have endorsed you for are what it’s pulling from.

Bonus tip on using LinkedIn, some time ago they purchased an online learning platform – Lynda. With the purchase of this platform, they also acquired all of the fantastic educational videos and resources that were available. If you haven’t already, sign up for a free LinkedIn premium account for a month to start taking the courses they offer. A note of caution, if you don’t have or want to fork over $30 for a monthly subscription to a premium account, make sure you set a reminder on your phone or computer calendar to cancel your account before the month is up.

 

3. Glassdoor

There’s a lot to love about Glassdoor including it’s a great place to read company reviews as there’s a rating feature as well as pro and con reviews from people who have worked there. You can use their “Know Your Worth” tool to see what you can expect to get paid. Most of all, for the purposes of this article, the robustness of the jobs available.

Glassdoor is considered one of the industry leaders and first spots that companies head to when looking to hire someone.

Their secret sauce – they have more tools to help you find a job you love than just job postings. Take advantage of their other tools.


4. Indeed

Over 10,000,000 have been shared on their website, so when they say search from millions of jobs – they aren’t kidding. Obviously, not all of them are in the technology-related field, but recruiters do find there way there.

Their secret sauce – they have more than just tech jobs.


5. RemoteOK.IO

Remote OK is a website based on the premise of helping people find remote work and helping companies find remote workers.

Just how many opportunities are there where you can work remote? A lot. And with companies like Remote Year, Roam CoLiving/Coworking, and Unsettled emerging every day, the remote work opportunities are simply going to continue to expand.

Their secret sauce – they focus just on remote workers.

6. The Ladders

The Ladders started out many years ago as a business focused on job postings with salaries over $100,000, they’ve held true to their mission years later.

This website might be more tailored to the people who have already selected a career path and have some experience.

Their secret sauce – they’re focused on $100,000 and up paying jobs, along with people who are already somewhat experienced in their career.

One thing we do love is how in their website footer (the part all the way to the bottom), you can select jobs based on companies, industries, cities, and job roles. They lay it out which is great for some direction if you’re not sure where to start.

7. The website of the business you love.

Did you find the perfect mixture of your passion for painting housing intersecting with tech in PaintZen? Then look at their careers page. What about transitioning to a tech-based real estate software like Redfin or Zillow? Check out their websites too.

If you find a job you love, follow this blog post to stand out, enhance your chances of getting an interview which secures the job role. Just swap out the name “HubSpot” and place in your company’s name – How to get hired at HubSpot.

Our mission at Tech Job Training for Americans

About three months ago, I quit my excellent job at a tech company in which I’d worked at for ~6.5 years. I was in need of change; a new challenge with a steep learning curve where I could get back to my roots of helping individuals. In tandem, my fiance and I decided we’d use my time off as a sabbatical and travel. We traveled around the United States for over 45 days, and in that time, we visited twelve National Parks, visited seven major cities, and explored the US, each other, and ourselves. Yes, we’re so privileged to have the opportunity to take that trip.

 

After returning to Boston, there was one thing I couldn’t get out of my head. It was the sheer volume of once thriving cities and towns that were now barrenCompanies had closed down, and people moved, leaving behind broken-down ghost cities.
That’s when it began to sink in – the middle class is shrinking, and quickly. 
Witnessing the run-down cities and speaking to people we met, it’s clear to see the impact the economic and policy change, and lack of job training and retraining is having on Americans. However, businesses are being affected tremendously as well.

The positives of our current US economy

We can see that the stock market is reaching all-time highs (Dow topped 23,000 points recently), housing prices are out of control, and unemployment is at an all-time low at 4.2% in September.
NASDAQ & DOW ARE AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH

Housing Prices in $’000 in Major Cities; thEY’RE UP.

Source: The Economist. Side note: If you think your smaller city is safe from housing price increases, it turns out many people and tech giants are escaping these prices themselves and moving to Denver, Austin, Nashville, Raleigh, Salt Lake, etc. I wrote about it last week here.

Unemployment rates since 2007; rATES ARE way down.

There’s a lot that you don’t see with these numbers though.

The real story of our current US economy

What you don’t see is that in 2016, the percentage of Americans in poverty was 12.7% in 2016; a number has remained stagnant for more than a decade. Wages for hourly-earners has remained stagnant too. And I won’t get started on the tragic 22% increase in drug overdoses from 2015 to 2016.

wAGES HAVE BEEN Flat Since Pre-2008

Drug Overdose Deaths 2000 – 2016. 22% Increase from 2015 to 2016.

Who is responsible for this crazy economic growth then? Folks who work in the tech sector. In 2015, the average salary for a person in tech was ~108,000, while the *median household income* was less than half of that at $53,130.

Tech Industry Wages VS National Average

 
I could go on. Mind you; the tech gap is only going to continue to grow once self-driving cars launch, and artificial intelligence and automation evolve. I work in tech, and I feel the rate of technological advancement happening around me.
I was lucky to get a job in tech after I graduated from college and since then have helped a lot of friends bridge the gap, including my husband and a few friends.

What are people/COMPANIES/GOVERNMENT doing to solve the problem?

Not too much, yet.
Media outlets are finally starting to discuss and cover the issues. Recently, WIRED published an article decrying the frustrated businesses who feel colleges are inadequately preparing students for the labor force. The editorial says that there’s a problem of universities not being able to keep up with the pace of technological change, which leads to a combination of problem poor course-work, as well as lack of degrees in new areas like data analytics
Businesses are developing courses to train their employees.
It’s a well-known fact that the government isn’t doing much to train or retrain the labor force. That’s why Salesforce CEO, Marc Benioff, even put his hat in the ring and gave Donald Trump a $5million proposal for a jobs training program.
I wish I could speak more on the people aspect. I can address what I’m doing though. Enter the mission of this website.

The purpose of Tech Job Training for Americans:

Help Americans gain the knowledge, skills, and network they need to succeed in a continuously evolving job marketplace.

Interested in learning more? Here’s what you can do thus far:

Lastly, if you’re interested in joining me in creating a resource with guidance and networking to help Americans break into a field they’ll love – and with a salary they can survive on – please fill out the contact form. Any tips people have on great books, resources, places to learn, etc. are much appreciated, or if you’d like to contribute in any other capacity not mentioned, please do reach out.

Below are some of the resources I used to gather the data, as well as learn about the current state of the US economy:

Free ProductHunt Book “How to Build a Career in Tech” Now Available

Today, ProductHunt announced the release of a free 100-page book with the details on how to get a job in tech.

The book is a culmination of advice their  550 community LIVE Chats over two years with remarkable founders, investors, and best-selling authors. Some of the information featured in the book comes from the following experts:

  • Tim Ferriss: Author of many top-selling books including “The 4-Hour Workweek.”
  • Ben Horowitz: Author of “The Hard Thing About Things” and General Partner in well-known Venture Capital firm, Andreessen Horowitz.
  • Jessica Livingston: Founding partner of the seed stage venture firm YXCombinator.
  • Jack Dorsey: CEO of Twitter and Square.

LEARN HOW TO GROW YOUR NETWORK, DEVELOP SKILLS, AND FIND A CAREER YOU’LL LOVE IN TECH.

Download it here.

Recent Prediction Says AI Will Put More Jobs at Risk Than Were Eliminated By The Great Recession

About 10,000,000 jobs are said to be at risk due to the incoming artificial intelligence technologies.

As CB Insights stated in their recent article on the topic:

The shift from traditional manufacturing to computer-enabled industry took nearly a century. But the shift from personal computing to billions of smartphones, massive networks, and the IoT has taken just a couple of decades.

And the next phase of technological evolution is already underway: advanced neural networks that learn, adapt, and respond to situations.

Yes, this is real. This is not a drill. This is the confronting future that Americans are about to face in the not-so-distant future.

Here are the jobs predicted to be hit most by the upcoming changes in technology:

Cooks and servers are the most at risk due to automation with nurses  and health aides at a lower risk.

If you’re a cook, server, cleaner, mover or a warehouse worker, you should start training for a new career.

See what other findings CB Insights has found here: https://www.cbinsights.com/research/jobs-automation-artificial-intelligence-risk/

Don’t like where this is going? We’ll just leave this frustrating but totally accurate quote here:

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Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Creates WOZ U, a New Online University

“People often are afraid to choose a technology-based career because they think they can’t do it. I know they can, and I want to show them how.”

– Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder.

Yes! Finally, people who can impact change are starting to pay attention and solve the problem of expensive education and lack of job training for the careers of today. Yesterday, we wrote about the state of the US economy using maps, and I’d like to refer to the following graphic again:

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, EMSI, and CompTIA; estimates for 2016

People in the tech sector make more than twice the amount than the median household income in 2016. And now there are said that 1 in 3 people are working in a tech career.  These are the underlying reasons that we’ve created our training programs, guidance, and education for people to evolve along with today’s changing job marketplace.

Interested in a tech career? Here’s more information about how Woz U could help.

The mission of WOZ U:

“Our goal is to educate and train people in employable digital skills without putting them into years of debt,” says Wozniak.

Yes. Also, he understands the importance of education and easy access to it as he was once an elementary school teacher.

What courses are offered?

Currently, the only courses available online include ones related to software development, but the institute plans to debut in 2018 classes related to data science, mobile apps, and cybersecurity, according to the Woz U website.

How much will it cost?

Prices for the courses have not yet been disclosed.

How long do the courses last?

In 2019, Woz U plans a 12-to-16 month-long accelerator program that is intended help school leaders identify the institute’s best students and place them in leading technology companies.

Other reasons to check it out:

  • Woz U plans to work with technology companies to help them “recruit and train, or even retrain, a workforce.” The institute also plans to provide computer science related curriculum to various school districts.
  • “Each platform will offer students personalized learning to meet their needs,” the spokesperson said in an email.

Find the Woz on twitter @stevewoz. Read more on Fortune magazine.