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Amazon's Simone Porter Says Tailoring Your Resume Is The Key To Landing The Job

Amazon employs 1.3 million people worldwide, 950,000 of which work in the U.S. That means one in every 153 American workers is an Amazon employee, Business Insider reports, and the tech giant also boasts a team of 1,200 recruiters. Simone Porter is a part of Amazon’s recruitment team. She focuses on attracting talent for non-tech roles. She’s been working for the company for roughly four and a half years in various roles, so she knows what it takes to land a job and climb the ladder. In case you missed it, Porter shared some of her recruiting and hiring tips at AfroTech Conference during her “Getting Hired Hacks: The Resume that Wins the Job” solo session. And it is safe to say, she took a deep dive into how to personalize your resume and make it stand out. “You can think of the resume as your 30 second, written elevator pitch,” Porter said in the AfroTech metaverse. “It’s the way that you are able to brand yourself in a short amount of time and describe who you are in a very clear,...

Nov 18, 2021

More Diverse U.S. Population Amplifies Need for More Diverse Boards

An organization’s biggest asset is arguably its board, which provides leadership and ensures responsible execution of the organization’s vision. However, boardrooms across the nation are much the same as the venture capitalist landscape: predominantly white and male. Creating a more balanced board has become a corporate conundrum, hampering diversity initiatives and recruitment efforts. The National Diversity Council’s 2018 study of business leadership in Texas revealed that white males made up more than two-thirds of C-suite and board members, though the state’s white male population is less than 45 percent. Overall, minority women represent less than two percent of executive and board composition in the state . The picture painted in Texas is a window into a larger, national issue, where the growing diversity of the U.S. population is not reflected in corporate leadership. Fortunately, there are options for companies working to achieve more diversity in the boardroom. Since low...

Dec 26, 2019

Recruitment Platform Jumpstart Aims to Increase Diversity and Raised $8.5M in Funding

Jumpstart, the California-based recruitment platform that targets a younger job market, has reached an important milestone. The company just closed on its Series A funding round , raising a total of $8.5 million. The funding round, led by venture capital firm, Sequoia Capital enables the team to end the year on a positive note. Established in 2017, Jumpstart matches companies with entry-level talent. Candidates are sought largely for engineering positions, internships, and other early-stage roles. The approach seems simple enough, but Jumpstart offers a twist to the traditional recruitment paradigm. The company sets itself apart by using algorithms to comprehensively assess candidates, rather than viewing them from a more narrow lens. It also partners with universities and top companies seeking to fill junior positions, saving them considerable time. Jumpstart’s integrated resource model is more inclusive, preventing talented candidates from being overlooked based on the ranking of...

Dec 20, 2019