Pete begins his weekly episode of “Hard work-ah with Pete the Job Guy” by expressing a heart-felt message to some very special moms. Later, producer Josh McCarthy joins Pete and goes into the ‘mail bag’ to read listener questions about challenging workforce issues that were sent into Pete.
This week’s “Mother’s Day Special Edition” of the show starts with Pete thanking the mothers of recent young heroes who put their own lives in peril to save others. The first mother is of Kendrick Castillo who was a member of the Highlands Ranch robotics club and recently died rushing a shooter at his STEM school in Colorado. The second mother is of Riley Howell who was a U.N.C. student that was shot while tackling the active shooter saving countless lives with his selfless act. The mothers of these heroes raised incredible children and on this day deserve all of the love and support of their community. Pete also thanks the women in his life: his mother and his wife. These women are mothers who have shaped his life and helped make Pete the man he is today.
The first question in Pete’s ‘mail bag’ is from a listener who wants to know if she should send a ‘thank you’ email or hand written letter following a job interview.
Pete suggests sending an email. This is because an email will open up a channel of communication with the hiring manager. If you send a thank you note via snail mail, while they may appreciate the thought, it will likely take too long to receive it in the mail and will only be a way one communication method (the hiring manager is not going to hand write a letter back to you). Email begs a reply and is a fast way to let the hiring manager you appreciate their time and are interested in the role.
The second question comes from a listener who want to know what questions from candidates let hiring managers and recruiters know they will be a good fit in the workplace and a ‘Hard Work-ah’?
Pete thinks a sense of urgency is a key indicator in how serious someone is in their job search. He wants to know what they are specifically doing to find a job. Are they tailoring their resume to each job description to highlight their skill-set? Is their LinkedIn profile summary and photo professional? When looking for a new role, candidates need to set themselves apart and remain focused on why they are looking for a new job.
The final question comes from a stay at home mom who is ready to get back into the workforce and wants to know what she needs to do to land her first role back.
Pete recommends quantifying the experience stay at home mothers have been doing. Have they stayed current with networking groups, been volunteering, or managing the household? Use action verbs on your resume to describe what you have been doing while out of the workforce. You can also google tips for mom’s rejoining the workforce and what has worked for others. Another tip is to think about what experience you had prior to being a stay at home mom and highlight that on your resume. Finally, another tip is to update your LinkedIn profile. A great LinkedIn profile cannot be underestimated and having an up to date headshot and professional summary are key.
We hope all of the mothers out there had a great Mother’s Day and were shown the love and appreciation they deserve not only on this day, but every day. Pete also hopes that his answers to your questions were helpful and if you’d like to ask Pete a question for him to address in a future episode submit your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org