20 November 2017
With artificial intelligence (AI) becoming more sophisticated, now is the time to start taking it seriously as a career path. This is especially true now that the technology is advancing and increasing in accessibility. In fact, tech giants like Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Salesforce are all making their AI and machine learning technologies more affordable and readily available for B2B and B2C companies to integrate into their existing infrastructures. For example, Salesforce’s release of myEinstein enables admins and developers to build custom AI apps across Salesforce without any coding necessary. These trends will ultimately create 2.3 million new jobs in artificial intelligence by 2020, according to a recent report by Gartner. “AI-led automation will allow businesses across all industries—ranging from financial services to retail— to become more efficient,” explains Mandy Hills, a Director within The Execu|Search Group’s Information Technology division. “While there is concern that this may lead to some job cuts, all it really means is that the jobs are changing. That’s why it’s important to stay informed of these trends and ensure you are keeping your skills up-to-date with evolving technology.” Since these jobs in artificial intelligence are so new, employers are open to transferable skills when hiring. Here are three in-demand roles and the skills required of them: Machine Learning Engineer: A strong candidate will not only have experience with programming languages such as Python, C++, and Java, but will also understand a broad set of algorithms and be proficient in probability and statistics. Strong analytical and problem solving skills can also set you apart from other candidates. Data Scientist: Since data scientists are generally responsible for collecting, cleaning, and interpreting the data, an IT professional with a background in statistics and applied mathematics (distributions, statistical testing, regression, etc.) is typically a good fit for this role. In addition to some of the programming languages listed above, it’s also helpful to be proficient in an analytical tool such as R or SAS. Business Intelligence Developer: Since this role involves designing, developing and deploying AI solutions as well as presenting the data, it requires both a development and business analyst background. Since you’ll need to articulate how these solutions impact the bottom line, strong business knowledge and communications skills are a must. Beyond proving you have the technical skills needed to transition into an AI role, here are a few other ways to get more acquainted with this field: Online Tutorials + Training Courses: Learning a new skill takes time and effort, and online tutorials and training courses can serve as a great resource. Doing so, also shows prospective employers that you took the initiative to learn a new skill on your own—something that will give them confidence in your ability to adapt to quickly changing business needs and ensure the company stays up-to-date with evolving tech trends. Your Local Tech Community: One of the advantages of working in a major tech hub like New York City or Boston, for example, is that you have access to a wide network of like-minded professionals. “One of the best ways to learn about emerging trends and connect with industry-related leaders is to get active in your local tech community,” advises Mandy. “For example, you can search for user groups that are relevant to artificial intelligence on a site like meetup.com to learn about any upcoming events or networking opportunities.” Project-based work: For IT professionals hoping to make the leap into AI, there are plenty of opportunities to gain experience through short-term assignments or projects. Since these jobs in artificial intelligence are available across different industries and employers, you can gain exposure to a diverse range of AI software. Not only can this work help you keep your skills sharp in an evolving field, but it also provides you with the flexibility to determine the best long term fit for you.
20 November 2017
As an administrative professional, you know the value of a good resume during your job search. In a field where presentation is just about everything, having a polished and perfect resume can be a major factor in landing an interview. “An employer may receive upwards of a hundred resumes for any given role,” says Lindsay Hildebrandt, an Associate in the Execu|Search Group’s Office Support and Human Resources division, “If your resume is poorly formatted or full of glaring errors, this will land your application in the ‘no’ pile. As a result, you’ll want to ensure your resume is in perfect shape before you start applying to jobs.” Before you start sending out your resume to potential employers, be sure you are avoiding these common resume faux pas! Ensure your grammar and verb tenses match “The top resume faux pas I see is when a candidate submits their resume without proper grammar and verb tenses,” Lindsay says. “In a field that requires excellent written and verbal communication skills, this can be a deal breaker for a hiring manager who may have been interested in you.” To avoid this, read your resume out loud after you have written it. If you find you are using the past tense with a word like ‘collaborated,’ be sure that all of your verbs are using that same tense throughout your resume. It’s also a good idea to ask a friend to go over your resume for you. A second pair of eyes to catch any mistakes you may have missed can be what places you in the contender pile. Don’t overdo it on design Unless you’re applying for an administrative job in the design industry, you’re better off being less creative when it comes to the design of your resume. While it may be tempting to send something that will immediately catch the eye of a hiring manager, doing so can actually hurt your prospects of landing the job. Instead, you’ll want to use a template that’s linear and easy for a hiring manager to read, while only bolding text to emphasize your headlines such as past experience and in-demand technical skills. Remember to include a cover letter A hiring manager can get a good sense of your technical skills based on the experience you list on your resume. However, your cover letter is a great place to show you possess the soft skills that makes you a valuable candidate for the role. “Regardless of what people say about the value of cover letters, you should always send one unless instructed otherwise,” Lindsay stresses. “The cover letter is a perfect place to show your personality, work ethic, and other qualities that would make you a perfect fit for the role.” Have multiple versions of your resume on hand As the number of hybrid administrative roles continues to grow, Lindsay encourages administrative professionals to have multiple copies of their resume and cover letter to use. “Nowadays, it isn’t uncommon to see a company look for someone to act as both an Executive Assistant and Office Manager,” Lindsay says. “While there is plenty of overlap for desired skills, they can vary based on position. When you’re preparing multiple copies of your resume, be sure that you tailor them based on the experience and skills the job listing is calling for.” Keep your resume concise Depending on your level of experience, try and limit your resume to one page. While it can be hard to choose what experience and skills you want to highlight most, a resume that is too long can set you at the bottom of the pile early on. A best practice to follow in this scenario is to select the roles and skills most relevant to the position you are applying for. However, if you’re someone with more than a decade’s worth of experience and you’re applying for a high-level role, don’t be hesitant to use an extra page!