Careercloud Newsletter - March 8th, 2021


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Here's your weekly update from Careercloud. ​ ​New on Careercloud.com​ Here are a few of the recent articles from Careercloud! ​ ​How to Pass a Pre-Employment Assessment Like Caliper And Others If you’re actively job hunting, you’re likely to run into at least one pre-employment behavioral assessment during the interview process before landing your dream job. These career tests, along with background checks, are important tools for employers to help get to know you. The test alone could make or break your application because many companies use pre-employment tests to align the right personality traits to the type of person they’re trying to hire for a specific position. ​ ​How to Pass an Excel Skills Test If you’re applying for a job that requires knowledge of Microsoft Excel, there's a good chance you will need to take an Excel skills test. Taking an Excel assessment is part of the pre-employment process to ensure that qualified candidates get hired. Scoring high on the skills test can be the deciding factor on whether a company offers you a job or not, so practice tests, like those offered by JobTestPrep, can be incredibly valuable.


We outline everything you need to know about an Excel test, and how can you be prepared so you’ll pass with flying colors. Let’s take a look. ​ ​ZipRecruiter vs LinkedIn ZipRecruiter and LinkedIn are both excellent platforms for promoting job openings, searching for new employees, or finding work as an employee. If you are looking to hire new employees, you may be wondering which site is best to use. In this article, we share the key features of these two sites and help you find the best option for your hiring or job searching needs. ​ ​New on Careercloud Radio​ ​The Careercloud Radio podcast has featured some amazing guests! ​ ​Advice For Recent Grads with Lesley Mitler Lesley Mitler is an expert Career Coach with a novice niche. Co-Founder of Early Stage Careers she guides college students and recent graduates to internships and post-graduate jobs. In this interview, Lesley shares her advice for recent graduates as they navigate a challenging job market.


After more than 20 years as an executive recruiter, Lesley founded Priority Candidates and shifted her focus from placing established professionals to helping recent college graduates transition into careers. She works closely as a career coach with young adult clients to navigate the multiple steps needed to get hired. Lesley graduated from Duke University with a BA in management science and accounting, and started her career as a CPA. ​ ​Handling Hardball Interview Questions With Max Chan After 11 months of searching, and several failed interview attempts, Max Chan finally landed his first job out of college, and he hasn’t looked back since. With a background in digital marketing, and experience working for a company that went through an acquisition, Max eventually founded his career coaching company, Chan With A Plan, where he offers a combination of resume creation, cover letter writing, LinkedIn optimization, and interview preparation. There is also a newsletter, which is 100% free.


In this episode, Max and Justin go over potential interview questions by giving both good answers and bad ones. The emphasis is on identifying questions that are meant to trip you up by opening doors to negative answers. Max and Justin do a great job of answering with examples from their own careers and experiences.


From Around the Web


Best and Worst States for Lawyers in 2021

The coronavirus pandemic has created not only a public health crisis, but an economic crisis not seen since the Great Depression. Virtually every industry has been negatively affected including the legal profession.

Despite a new normal that includes court proceedings via teleconference and remote workforces, a recent survey published in the American Bar Association found law firm billings have been down every month since March, including a staggering 23% decrease in May compared to the same month in 2019.


As a result, law firms across the country have resorted to layoffs, hiring freezes, and other cost-cutting measures. The pandemic has not only is affecting working lawyers with mortgages and families, it’s also impacting current law students. Many students lost out on a year of in-person learning and because a good deal of summer associate programs were cancelled, some lost the salary they need to support themselves year-round.


Best Complete Solar Power Kits For Home

More people are choosing solar power every day! Solar power is a clean energy source that everyone can use. If you’ve been researching solar power for any amount of time, you have probably realized that there is a lot of information out there and some of it can be difficult to understand. Don’t let the wealth of information intimidate you. All you need is a little patience and the right solar power kit.


A solar power kit is a perfect way for anyone to set up their initial home solar system. Although each kit is different, they typically come with nearly all of the main elements that you will need to start using free solar power today. Because there are so many kits to choose from, we decided to do a little research and compile a list of some of the best solar power kits for home use. We’ve also gathered a bit more information to help you get started on your solar journey.

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​ Talk soon! The Careercloud Team