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5 Tips To Get Your Online Profile Recruiter Ready

This Senior Recruiter Shares Her Tips For Getting Women Hired

Amy Trappey, a Senior Recruiter at PowerToFly, has helped place women at top companies like American Express, Microsoft, NBCUniversal, Time Inc, HomeAway and more. She's polished hundreds of online profiles, and know's just what companies are looking for when searching for their next candidate.

Amy sat down with a small group of PowerToFly VIP's and answered all of their questions regarding polishing their online profiles (and even offered to polish a few herself!). Do you want access to exclusive chats with women like Amy? Click here to become a PowerToFly VIP and join our community of women here to empower one another.


Q: What do people see first/read on LinkedIn? Are any sections more important than others?

Amy Trappey: The first thing that I usually look at on LinkedIn is the summary section, mostly because it's the most complex part of your profile to fill out! It's hard to concisely summarize your executive experience in one or two sentences, while also maintaining some personal flair - profiles that can do this adequately, stand out among the rest.

Q: How important are LinkedIn recommendations?

AT: Both recommendations and endorsements are both very important, but the recommendations on LinkedIn are used primarily for getting your foot in the door at a company as another tool to understand what skills you bring to the table. It never hurts to politely ask former colleagues and managers to write a LinkedIn recommendation for you, and to specifically ask them to include specific skills. However, it should be noted that proper LinkedIn etiquette would require you to write a corresponding recommendation for them in exchange.

Q: How can I present technical knowledge as well as business experience in my profile?

AT: Technical profiles are a little easier to write, as most people can get away with a separate "skills" section in their profile where they can list the languages and programs they are proficient in. For business experience, it's imperative that your profile displays both quantitative and numerical data in correlation to what you actually achieved in your position. For example, you generated $X of revenue by doing X,Y and Z.

Q: How do you address returnships, career changes, and career paths that don't make sense on paper?

AT: If you are returning from a large gap in your career, I think it would be really beneficial to look for companies that offer tried and true returnship programs. These programs are created specifically to set you up for success in this next step of your career. With that being said, so many people are transitioning careers using a more 'self-taught' method. In that case, it's key to include every certification, course, or self taught skill on your profile so it's clear to recruiters what your career goals are.

Q: What can I say-show to look ready for next level challenge when my career is far from linear?

AT: Firstly, it's relatively rare that someone's career is truly linear these days, and it absolutely should not be a deterrent if you're looking to take your career to the next level. Regardless of what level you are at, or industry you are in, every job requires problem solving. If you are able to provide examples of how you've arrived at different solutions, how you overcame challenges in the roles you've had and are able to reference specific problems you've solved, a recruiter will find your profile extremely valuble.

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How These Companies Are Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

According to a recent study, anti-Asian hate crimes have risen 150% since the pandemic started. But these acts of violence are not new — they are part of a much larger history of anti-Asian racism and violence in the U.S.

That makes celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (which was named a month-long celebration in May by Congress in 1992 "to coincide with two important milestones in Asian/Pacific American history: the arrival in the United States of the first Japanese immigrants on May 7, 1843 and contributions of Chinese workers to the building of the transcontinental railroad, completed May 10, 1869") this year all the more important.

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The Secrets to Balancing Work and Family Life

3 Pieces of Advice from Working Moms at Pluralsight

Being fully committed to work and family is a challenge that many working parents have to take on. It can be exhausting and thankless pursuing a fulfilling full-time career, while taking an active role as a parent. Achieving a healthy balance can help keep you motivated and productive at work, while allowing you to be fully present when you're home.

We recently chatted with working moms at technology skills platform, Pluralsight, about their best advice for striking that elusive work-life balance. Here were their key points:

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How to Make the Most of Being on a Growing Team: 3 Tips from Plex’s Adriana Bosinceanu

When the startup Adriana Bosinceanu was working for got acquired, things changed fast.

She went from being one of eight engineers on a small team building a streaming service to joining a company that was five times larger and had a much bigger scope.

That company was Plex, where Adriana has been working remotely as a software engineer for the last four and a half years.

As her team grew from two people to ten, Adriana decided to lean into the opportunity to grow; along the way, she found herself deepening her technical skills, her self-confidence, and her relationships. We sat down with Adriana to learn exactly how she did that, and to hear the tips she has for other engineers experiencing growth opportunities on their team.

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10 Tips to Stand Out at a Virtual Job Fair

Your guide to preparing for virtual career fairs and making a great impression with recruiters

According to a LinkedIn survey, up to 85% of jobs are filled via networking. For job seekers, virtual job fairs make networking with recruiters more convenient. You can interact with potential employers from all over the world, ask them questions, and apply for jobs. Every event is different, but they most often include video conferencing features, chat rooms, and Q&A sessions.

Dilyara Timerbulatova, Virtual Job Fair Coordinator at PowerToFly explains that, "virtual job fairs have many benefits, namely connecting top talent and recruiters that would otherwise never cross paths. These events are a tool to help companies build well-rounded, diverse teams that align with the company culture and business vision."

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Pride At Work: Learn more about Our Partners, Sponsors & Speakers

Learn more about our amazing speakers and sponsors at our June 2021 virtual summit Diversity Reboot: Pride At Work, three days of conversations and panels plus an interactive virtual career fair.

Our Pride At Work summit certainly made us proud! PowerToFly was thrilled to present talks by members of the LGBTQIA+ community alongside some amazing allies. Our conversations ranged from leaders at the highest levels of government positions to visionaries in the worlds of business & tech to artists from the music and entertainment industry. If you tuned in, and celebrated our speakers, thank you! And if you missed the summit or would like to re-watch any of the talks, those conversations will all be available to watch for free on PowerToFly.

We want to extend a HUGE thanks to our amazing sponsors American Express, NGA, Smartsheet, S&P Global, Raytheon Technologies, PwC and Esri plus our media partner MMCA.

If you can, please consider donating to some of the amazing organizations we highlighted at the summit including GLITS, fighting for the health and rights of transgender sex workers; Garden State Equality, the largest LGBTQIA+ advocacy organization in New Jersey, with over 150,000 members; National Black Justice Coalition, a civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people, including people living with HIV/AIDS; and NYC Anti-Violence Project, empowering lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and supports survivors through counseling and advocacy.

Plus, don't forget to visit our Merch Store and grab yourself some PowerToFly apparel. 100% of the proceeds from our sales will be going to TransTech Social, supporting transgender and non-binary people in tech.

Finally, registration for our July 12th - 15th virtual summit Diversity Reboot: Tech For Social Impact is now open! Join us to learn about founders from mission-driven organizations and their social impact. Register for free here
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