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Vol. 11, Issue 16 - April 16, 2012

How long should your job search take? Abridged: Job Search Marketing

MIDDLETOWN, NY -- How long should a job search take to find the right opportunity? No one can put a number on it, but if your marketing and organizational skills are sharp, you'll find job opportunities in less time than someone who hasn't a clue. Here are some variables that you can control that can help ensure your job search doesn't take any longer than it should.

The health of your career now: Are you in a profession that is growing, static or on a downhill trend? Job growth is partly based on economics and partly on demand for specific skills from the labor pool. It's a good idea to do a reality check so you understand how your vocation is faring in the current marketplace and beyond. Living where the jobs are: If you live in a low-density area, it may take a bit longer to find your position. If you live in a higher-density area, perhaps it might take a bit less time.

Your discipline and tenacity: Your ability to focus and stay focused day after day, week after week is critical. This is the difference between a job search that is sporadic, unplanned, unfocused and generally all over the map in execution and one that is buttoned up and works like a well-oiled machine. Go scattered and uncoordinated and you add weeks and months to your job search.

How to organize your search and save time! Staff Writer, The Career News

LOS ANGELES, CA -- Are you tired of going to several job sites every day and searching each one separately? Do you dread submitting your resume & cover letter over and over for every job you apply to? Do you find it difficult to keep track of where you sent your resume for future follow up? Now a new service called MyJobHunter solves all that and more!

Here's how it works. First, MyJobHunter will instantly search all major job sites for jobs matching your criteria. You'll review a list of job matches and put check marks next to the ones you like. Then, press a single button and your resume is sent to the jobs you selected. It's that simple! They'll even personalize your cover letter with each job application. Log-in any time to review jobs applied to and even add follow-up notes on each one.

Check out these other great features. Don't want to forget keywords that generated perfect jobs? Try the "Saved Search" feature. Want MyJobHunter to find & apply to jobs for you? Turn on "Auto-Apply" and your resume is automatically sent to new job matches every day. You'll never miss an opportunity and your resume gets there first! Organize your job search and save time for networking by going to MyJobHunter.

Employment trends index dips in March Abridged: Bloomsburg

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The unemployment outlook got a little bit gloomier. On the heels of this month's disappointing jobs report, an indicator of employment trends also was down last month for the first time since the fall as more people said they found it harder to get work and more companies said they had positions they could not fill.

The Conference Board's Employment Trends Index, which combines data from eight economic indicators, decreased slightly to 107.28 in March from 107.47 the previous month. The decline was the first since September and comes after five months of strong growth. "Together with the disappointing job growth released this month, and only moderate improvement in economic activity in recent months, it seems that employment growth in December to February, averaging almost 250,000 a month, may not be a sustainable trend," said Gad Levanon, the group's director of macroeconomic research.

The change was driven by dips in three economic indicators: the percentage of companies with positions they're not able to fill right now, the percentage of respondents in the Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Survey who said they find jobs hard to get, and the number of employees hired by the temporary-help industry. The index is still up more than 5% compared to a year ago. But it was another bit of bad economic news after the government reported recently that job creation slowed in March to 120,000 new positions.

Tips to maintain optimism during your job search Abridged: The Daily Herald

EVERETT, WA -- The longer it takes to land a new position, the more difficult it can be to remain optimistic. This is a problem because employers want to hire upbeat people. If you walk into your next interview and a raincloud follows you through the door, the hiring manager will surely notice. It can cost you the job. Here are some tips to help you make a positive impression when you're feeling a bit gloomy:

Make the most of non-work time. Use your out-of-work days to try something new. Research a new idea, expand your knowledge, join online industry related groups and forums, volunteer or improve your job skills and take a class. Rework and revise. Overhaul your resume until it showcases your personality and highlights your achievements and job skills. If you don't feel proud of your resume, rewrite it.

Shake yourself up -- physically. Before an interview, take a walk around the block, head to the gym or dance around your living room. Moving your body will help shake off the blues. Remember, most hiring managers want candidates who are enthusiastic and ready to make a difference for the company. Be ready to answer questions. If you've been out of work for a long time, expect interviewers to ask about it. Emphasize the 'experience' of your unemployment, what you have learned and how you took full advantage of the time.

Point, click and crank out a professional resume in minutes! Staff Writer, The Career News

LOS ANGELES, CA -- Don't you hate having to write or update your resume? You're smart, dedicated and have the right stuff to impress even the most picky employer. But when it comes to expressing it on paper, if you're like most people, your mind just goes blank. Sure you can shell out upwards of $400 or more to have a pro write your resume, but now there's an online resume builder where you point, click and crank out a professionally written resume in minutes.

The career experts at Resume Companion have developed a revolutionary automated resume builder. You can chose from a powerful database of over 50,000 professionally written resume phrases spanning over 1000 unique occupations. Now you can create a professional resume in minutes with no prior writing experience!

It's easy to choose from 100's of premium resume templates developed by certified resume writers covering all jobs and industries. Resume Companion also features an easy to use cover letter builder. Additionally, you can save your finished resume as an MS Word, PDF, Text or HTML document. If you like, you can even request a resume critique by a certified resume writer all from the Resume Companion Website. What are you waiting for? Create your new resume for free today.

Want a job? Write a letter Abridged: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

ATLANTA, GA -- In an age of tweets and posts, some job search experts argue that the cover letter is obsolete. The truth: Cover letters still play an important part in the job search process. It's a great way to make a good first impression. All job seekers should make sure that it's part of their professional tool kit. Many managers disregard resumes that come in without a cover letter.

Hiring managers want to see that a candidate can follow directions; that he understands the job requirements; and that he's enthusiastic about the position. When writing a cover letter, follow directions. Use the specific file format requested, answer the questions asked and show evidence of the skills required. Use key words from the job post and show enthusiasm. Keep the letter short and sweet. It should be a one-page letter of three paragraphs.

The first should introduce yourself, name the position and tell why you are interested. If you were referred by someone, mention that too. The second paragraph should tell what strengths you have that the employer needs. Pull examples from your resume. Quantify your achievements when possible. Numbers stand out. The final paragraph should thank the manager for reviewing your resume and say how you will follow up. Make sure the letter looks attractive and is easy to read. Use white space, short sentences, and bullet points to keep it concise.

Easily crank out a perfectly-written cover letter Staff Writer, The Career News

LOS ANGELES, CA -- A perfectly-written cover letter can be more important to your job search than your resume! What most people don't realize is that a cover letter is really a sales letter. It's your personal advertisement, your first impression, your grand introduction. Additionally a brilliantly worded cover letter is the easiest way to assure your resume is the one, amongst a stack of resumes, that actually gets read. The best part is, practically no one understands this fact. So having a great cover letter is almost like having an unfair advantage.

As a matter of fact, the vast majority of your competition simply "throws" together any old cover letter just so they have something to attach to their average resume. As a result, most cover letters do nothing to land the job interview. In fact, hiring managers often make a decision to interview from a well written cover letter alone -- before even reading a resume.

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4 career realities to keep in mind Abridged: Huffington Post

DULLES,VA -- Today's constantly changing job market challenges us to continually update our skills, keep abreast of industry trends, and reinvent ourselves to remain successful. Like many other aspects of life, there's a good news/bad news scenario to this current state of affairs. The bad news is that the job security we knew previously is virtually nonexistent. However, there's plenty of resulting good news to be found too. No longer are we stuck in longstanding careers that hold little promise or reward. We are freed up to chart our own course. It's now best to consider ourselves as entrepreneurs whether we're self-employed or getting a paycheck from someone else. Here are four career realities to bear in mind:

  • The new job security: You're considered only as valuable as the skills you offer, the problems you can solve, and the ideas you present. Job security is no longer met through external structures. It's experienced by internal direction, innovation and preparation.
  • Flexibility is key: The ladder of advancement is more likely to be horizontal rather than vertical. Take a proactive approach by keeping up to date in your industry, identifying opportunities, and consistently reevaluating your direction.
  • You have to market yourself: Whether you're in a job search, vying for opportunities within an organization, or attracting clients or customers to your own business, you'll need to market yourself as a valuable problem-solver.
  • Free-Subscriptions: Keep up-to-date with industry trends Staff Writer, The Career News

    LOS ANGELES, CA -- In today's competitive job market, it's important to stay on top of your game and up-to-date with all the newest trends, information and news by reading industry magazines or various trade journals. This is an integral part of your job search! In fact, according to a recent survey, the 85% of employers surveyed agree that keeping up-to-date in a candidate's field of expertise is a very important tool for conducting a successful job search.

    So, whether you're looking to move up or to move on, reading business and trade publications can definitely help you move right in to the job of your dreams! For starters, being fluent on the latest trends in your profession can be invaluable while networking or interviewing. These magazines keep you sharp, well informed, articulate and in-demand! To help you stay current, The Career News has arranged for its readers to instantly subscribe online to practically every leading industry and business publication, at NO COST to you!

    It only takes a minute to search their website and quickly find the magazines matching "your skills and interest". You can search by publication title, industry, or geography. Next, pick the magazines you want, and fill out a brief online subscription form and press submit. It's that easy! Make sure that you do not select other in the "Occupational Information" area. Sign up for free trade and industry magazines today.

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