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Vol. 11, Issue 15 - April 9, 2012

Career change leads to happiness

PLAYA DEL REY, CA -- If you're currently unhappy in your work, it's not uncommon for you to have the desire to make a career change. Lots of people are going through this right now, with the changes in the current job landscape. A career change makes a lot of sense, especially if you've been at your career since you graduated from college.

These days many people have outgrown their current career. You're a much different person in your early years of working than you are five to ten years down the road. Maybe you were told by others at an early age what career path you should take. It may not have been what you wanted, but something you did because you didn't want to disappoint anyone. You can only go so far in a career that does not fit your needs before you finally hit a brick wall.

Once you hit that wall, it's often hard to face the fact that you need a career change. This can be scary for a lot of people. Many will remain in their comfort zone and stay unhappy rather than muster up the courage to try something new. Although it's scary to break out of the mold, once you start doing it you'll find that it's not as scary as you thought it would be. If you're considering a career change, conduct a passive and confidential job search to see what's out there.

How to keep your job search confidential Staff Writer, The Career News

SAN DIEGO, CA -- While the job market is very competitive right now, there are still millions of jobs being offered by hiring managers who search all of the top career sites. Sure it may take some time, but posting your resume on all the top career sites and niche job boards will give you better exposure than your competition.

If you want the benefit of maximum exposure, but don't want to spend 60 hours researching and filling out website forms, consider letting a service like Resume Rabbit do the work for you. This useful tool helps you organize your search efforts and saves you time, while allowing you to focus on networking strategies. Just fill out one easy form and in about 15 minutes you'll be posted on 85 top career sites like Job.com, CareerBuilder, Net-Temps, Dice and more.

If confidentiality is a concern, use Resume Rabbit's new confidentiality feature. Your resume can be seen, however, no one will see your name, street address or phone number. Whether you do it by hand or use a service like Resume Rabbit, creating accounts on all the best career sites will give you access to millions of jobs and exposure to 1.5 million employers and recruiters daily. To confidentially distribute your resume to all the top career sites and niche job boards, go to Resume Rabbit.

Job seekers can enjoy several tax breaks Abridged: Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

CHICAGO, IL -- With the April tax deadline about two weeks away, millions of taxpayers will be scrambling to file on time and, as a result, could overlook the numerous tax credits and deductions available to workers, freelancers and job seekers. John A. Challenger, CEO of global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. says the tax breaks for job seekers could be especially beneficial, considering that the number of jobless Americans averaged about 13.7 million throughout 2011.

"It's undoubtedly an overwhelming task for most people to sift through all of the materials to figure out eligibility for a particular deduction or credit," Challenger said. "For the unemployed it can be even more daunting, since their top priority is to find a job, not a tax credit. However, it's critical that these individuals seek out any financial advantage they can achieve while between jobs.

The IRS recognizes the difficulties of those who have been unemployed for a prolonged period of time and have announced measures to help those who cannot meet their financial obligations. The IRS will consider offers in compromise, settling the debt for less than the full amount. Unemployed and job seeking tax payers can find miscellaneous deductions from Publication 529 on the IRS website. For detailed explanations on deductions, Challenger advises taxpayers to visit the Internal Revenue Service website or seek the counsel of a professional tax advisor or accountant.

How to get your foot in the tech door Abridged: Mashable

SCOTTSDALE, AZ -- Everyone can use a little help with their resume, especially if they're pursuing a career in a technical field. The following tips can help any professional optimize their resumes in order to nab that great gig.

Understand attention spans: People read resumes about halfway down the page before deciding if they're going to continue reading. Anything marketable about you should be in the top of the resume. Make it an appropriate length: The optimal length of the resume will depend on your experience. Be concise and try to fit your resume into 2 pages. General summaries bad, technical summaries good: Technical summaries are more helpful, because the first person reading your resume could be non-technical and only knowledgeable enough to look for keywords. Highlight accomplishments: The descriptions of your positions should be a mix of a broad overview and specific accomplishments.

Quality writing matters: The ideal resume should have a combination of short paragraphs and bullets - or even just bullets. Use action verbs: The most overused phrases on resumes are "responsible for" or "participated in". It's okay to use these terms once or twice, but it's much better to use something like "managed", "completed", "administered" and "developed". Be prepared with a versatile resume template: It's valuable to have more than one version of your resume. Develop a resume you feel comfortable with, and then make minor tweaks if necessary.

Get expert feedback from a professional resume writer Staff Writer, The Career News

LOS ANGELES, CA -- You've got terrific experience. Your work ethic is superb. You're even willing to be flexible on salary. But after sending your resume to countless, perfectly matched management opportunities, you're just not getting the interviews! Why? It may be hard to believe, but there's a good chance your resume is the culprit. With the average employer spending less than 30 seconds scanning each resume they receive, your resume needs "The Right Stuff" to grab attention and get the interview.

What is the Right Stuff? To find out, The Career News arranged for its subscribers to receive a free-resume-critique and price quote from a certified professional resume writer, specializing in resumes for management level job candidates.

You'll not only find out what's right with your resume -- but more importantly, if it is actually preventing you from getting interviews. While the critique is free-and-valuable, you'll also learn how a professional writer might successfully re-vamp your resume and refine your job search strategies -- and exactly what that would cost. This may just start making you money quicker than you think! Get your free resume critique by a professional resume writer today!

How to create your very own mini resume Abridged: WCNC

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- All job seekers should understand that there's an innovative way to use business cards in a job search. When Margo Scurry teaches a class at Jacob's Ladder Job Center, she stresses the importance of networking and setting yourself apart. "What I'm always doing is looking for ways to help students get ahead...and stand out from a crowd," Scurry said. One way to stand out is to create your very own mini resume.

"Basically it's just putting the most important elements of your resume on a business card. We have them use a basic Microsoft Word template and they create a resume business card with a bold summary and then a catchy tag line that will draw somebody's attention." explained Scurry. "Also include all necessary contact information: LinkedIn profile or website URL, phone number and email address. If you have significant highlights in your career, consider using the back side for that.

Best of all, the process is easy and inexpensive! A business card gives you an opportunity to start a conversation with someone and leave something behind so they remember you. Let everyone know you're looking. However, don't just come out and say "I'm looking for a job." Instead, work it into the conversation. Many times it isn't appropriate to pull out your resume, but a business card is perfect. Use it correctly and make an impression that will last.

Make sure they remember you! Staff Writer, The Career News

LOS ANGELES, CA -- Are job seeker business cards really necessary in this information age? You better believe they are! There is simply no substitute for getting out there and networking during your job search. Handing out your business card is a great way to keep them remembering you.

The Career News highly recommends creating your own business cards for networking - for free. VistaPrint has many templates from which you can choose - from wild and colorful to simple and sophisticated. Pick the template you prefer, type in your information, preview your new card and order it. It's so simple to use.

Make sure your business cards include all of your current contact information, phone numbers and email. Most importantly, make sure you carry them with you at ALL times! You never know who you might meet and where you might meet them. Always collect the business cards of the people you meet and get their contact information too. Make a note on the back of the business cards you collect to remind you about your conversation with the person, who they are, what they can do for you or what you can do for them. Make sure they remember you and get your job seeker business cards today.

Is company culture important in your job search? Abridged: USNews

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A lofty compensation package, spiffy title, and corner office are all great characteristics to look for in a job--but if you're looking for a happy job, a great cultural fit is equally important. Unlike salary or benefits, a company's culture is much harder to quantify. As a result, it's best to go beyond a company website and do some research on a wider scale, using these multiple resources:

Twitter: Twitter has become a popular way to keep up with real-time company news. Some companies tweet links to industry news, staff blogs, and more. Facebook: More companies are using Facebook business pages to exhibit their culture, especially as a means to host company event photos. You'll find lots of fan comments and giveaways--with an overall focus on community giving and family strengthening.

Google Alerts: Set up a Google alert for the company's name so that you receive notification anytime it's mentioned on the web. Informational Interviews: The purpose of an informational interview is to ask current employees questions about their company to get a better understanding of what you would be getting into. Check out the company's LinkedIn page too and see if you're in any common groups or have a mutual contact with any of its employees. Send them a message to see if they are willing to talk to you about the culture.

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