BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Final week, greater than 5,000 individuals throughout the Caribbean and as far-off because the UK tuned into the digital Skilled Growth Sequence, hosted by the US Embassy and the CARICOM Youth Ambassadors (CYA). The three-part sequence, which was streamed on the Embassy’s Fb Dwell platform, supplied aspiring professionals throughout the area with classes on resume writing, interview expertise, and private branding. Program facilitators included CYAs for Barbados Tirshatha Jeffrey and Chad Monerville, CYA for St. Kitts & Nevis Dwane Hendrickson, CEO of The HR Boss Jameela Hollingsworth, Managing Director of The Job Join Tiffany Jones, and Founding father of The Model Lab and Sips Smoothie Bar Corey McClean.
“It will be an understatement to say that COVID-19 has put a wrench in all of our plans”, mentioned U.S. Deputy Public Affairs Officer Leland Lazarus, who served as this system moderator. “Possibly you have been working within the tourism trade that has been decimated by COVID-19. Or possibly you’re an entrepreneur seeking to take this chance to pivot into a brand new trade. This program supplied younger individuals in addition to the younger at coronary heart with the abilities they should take their careers to the subsequent stage.” CYA Chad Monerville added that “all who took this chance to retool, retrain and upskill can be agile and properly positioned to contribute meaningfully of their households and society at giant.”
Within the first session, Succinct and Profitable: Résumé Writing, Jameela Hollingsworth and Dwane Hendrickson defined the variations between a résumé and curriculum vitae and tips on how to develop a one-page résumé, tailor it to the job, and proofread and edit it. “I need to encourage folks to replace their resume recurrently, and to verify to place their greatest foot ahead given the present atmosphere”, admonished Ms. Hollingsworth. Mr. Hendrickson additionally inspired folks to “use this time as greatest as you possibly can to replace your self professionally” in order that they’re prepared to leap at job alternatives after they come up.
In session two, Prep and Observe: Suggestions for the Interview, Tiffany Jones and Chad Monerville shared ideas, tips, and techniques in making ready for an interview, together with the STAR approach (State of affairs, Process, Motion, Consequence). They listed a few of the commonest interview questions and even performed an interview simulation in order that individuals may hear a really perfect reply to an interview query. In addition they lined acceptable apparel for each men and women at an interview, and the significance of following up with the employer afterwards.
Within the ultimate session, The New Regular: Advertising Your self in 2020, Tirshatha Jeffrey and Corey McClean detailed tips on how to use social media platforms like LinkedIn to construct your private model, attain out to potential clients, and community with different professionals. “Consider your self as ‘Me Inc’”, mentioned Mr. McClean. “You’re a enterprise, and your most vital job is to be the pinnacle marketer of the model known as ‘You’.” Ms. Jeffrey careworn that you simply don’t have to be on each social media platform. “I’m not on TikTok as a result of I’m too outdated for it and I can’t dance!” she joked. “However when selecting a platform, you need to take into consideration who’re the customers and target market on it (age, demographics, and many others), what’s the content material you need to create on it, and why you need to be on that platform…for networking, promoting a product, or studying.”
That is the second collaboration between the U.S. Embassy and the CARICOM Youth Ambassadors after a joint digital presentation for Worldwide Youth Day in August. Later this month, the Embassy will companion with the Barbados Youth Enterprise Belief and the Barbados Funding and Growth Company to launch the second iteration of the Academy of Ladies Entrepreneurs, by way of which 25 younger girls will obtain entrepreneurship mentorship and assist.
Please go to the US Embassy Fb web page to look at the three-part Skilled Growth Sequence.
Session 1: Succinct and Profitable: Résumé Writing
Session 2: Prep and Observe: Suggestions for the Interview
Session 3: The New Regular: Advertising Your self in 2020