Interview with Leyla on YouTube

Last month I had the opportunity to virtually join Leyla Khanahmad, a wonderful business owner and entrepreneur based in Chicago, to discuss questions asked by her viewers.



Thank you to Leyla Khanahmad for having me on her YouTube channel last month! To follow along with Leyla subscribe to her channel and follower her on Instagram @leylakhanahmad Here are some key questions and takeaways from the interview:

What are the top 3 principles for a good resume?

  1. Accomplishment-focused bullet points – focus less on the job tasks and more so on what you've been able to accomplish and add value. You should concisely convey how you are the best fit within a 1-2 page resume.

  2. Tailor the resume to the reader - your resume is directly responding to a job description. You will most likely end up with multiple variations of your resume, depending on the type of job.

  3. Clean formatting that is ATS friendly


What is ATS?

Read our full blog here.

How relevant is LinkedIn in terms of job search?

· LinkedIn is very relevant in terms of your job search, especially in our world today, where most of our social and professional interaction is virtual

· There are over 760 million people on LinkedIn. 87% of recruiters access LinkedIn daily.

· Most users access LinkedIn sparingly, so you only have a few minutes to make an impact.


We provide a template to use when reaching out to professionals on LinkedIn or email.


What are your tips for applying for a job in the US?

Modify your CV to be re-written in the US resume standards, including your name, phone number, email, work experience in reverse chronological order, bullet points focusing on your achievements, and your education. Do not include a photo, your complete address, or write in column format.


My second tip would be to include a cover letter (if possible). A cover letter allows you the opportunity to have a one-sided professional dialogue with the hiring managers. A cover letter will allow you to address your desire to obtain work in the US, highlight your professional skills, and outline how you will contribute to the organization's success.


My third tip is to focus on your accomplishments. The organizational culture within American companies is strongly result orientated. Focus on the results of your tasks


What are the highest paying jobs?

From 2019, the highest paying jobs were in the following categories

· Medicine (psychiatrist, OBGYN, surgeons, orthodontist, anesthesiologist, and physicians)

· Business Executives

· Pilots

· Computer and information systems

· Engineering (architectural, petroleum)

· Judges


What's the best way networking, besides LinkedIn and Alumni networks?

Besides LinkedIn and Alumni networks, the best way to build your network is - word of mouth. Share your career story widely, don't be shy in asking for help in our goals, and seek mentors. An essential part of networking is to be consistent. Most people only actively network when they need something and have an ask. Build a solid network, help others, and don't only connect when you need something.



Can I get a job with a diploma from another country?

Yes, there are jobs available both locally and internationally. The most important aspect is to spend time reflecting and researching to understand both your goals and the employer's requirements.

If you need a work visa, identify and target companies that sponsor the kind of visa you are qualified for. Next, have a strong resume, cover letter, and professional online presence.



Harvard, Oxford, or LLM?

If you are debating programs or schooling, look at jobs you want to have once you've completed your coursework. Look at the job descriptions online and see what the requirement are – do you need an LLM? Compare a wide range from small companies to large and identify the industry standard.


Secondly, contact each school and ask for a report of where their students obtain work graduation. Both of these suggestions will help you better understand the relationship between academics and the job market.


I am almost 19, but I don't know exactly what I want to be. Is it normal?

Yes, it is normal to no know exactly what you want to be at age 19. It is also normal that you will most likely change or adapt to what you want to be along the way. My suggestion is to spend time self-reflecting on what makes you happy, what are your strengths? After some self-exploration, try and find opportunities to test our different careers – internships, volunteers, part-time jobs, etc. If you cannot find hands-on experience yourself, ask a professional in the field for a few moments of their time. Ask questions such as

· what they like and dislike about what they do

· what is a typical day like

· what was their career path

· what is their advice for someone looking to enter the industry.


What's the first step for a computer graduate to land a job?

The first step to increase your chances of landing a job as a computer science graduate is to gain experience. The course work is important, but the employer will want to see your ability to apply the real-world setting concepts. As mentioned before, your experience can come from a class project, volunteering, helping with a project for a friend/family member's company, etc.