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Vol. 11, Issue 20 - May 14, 2012

US Labor Department awards nearly $65.5 million Abridged: PRNewswire

WASHINGTON,D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Labor recently awarded nearly $65.5 million in grants to 40 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia to implement and continue re-employment and eligibility assessments for Unemployment Insurance beneficiaries. This will allow states to provide personalized assessments for recipients of Unemployment Insurance to help them get back on their feet faster.

The funds will be used to conduct in-person assessments in One-Stop Career Centers. The assessments include the development of a re-employment plan for claimants, the provision of labor market information that is appropriate to the claimants' locations and employment prospects, a complete review of claimants' eligibility for Unemployment Insurance benefits, and a referral to re-employment services and/or training provided by the One-Stop Career Centers
that is separate from the UI program.

This is the eighth year that the Labor Department has awarded grants through its Re-employment and Eligibility Assessment initiative. Recent evaluations of REA programs have shown that REAs reduce the number of weeks UI benefits are claimed by expediting the re-employment of the UI claimants. This evidence justifies expanding the use of REAs as provided for in the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, which is authorized by the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012.

Organize your job search & land a job faster! 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.

How to get a job: Stay positive for months Abridged: TheStreet, Inc

NEW YORK, NY -- If you're looking for a job, get ready to stick it out for four months--and keep up that can-do attitude. Researchers tracked the job search experiences of 177 unemployed subjects for 20 weeks and found that 72% of them got work, particularly those who maintained a good outlook. That was easier at the start of the study, when subjects spent an average of 17 hours a week job-hunting and felt increasingly good about the project.

But by the study's fourth month, their attitudes had started to sink, and time spent job-seeking fell to about 14 hours a week. Of course, positivity can be tough to maintain. Searching for a job isn't like learning a skill, where maintaining a positive attitude may be easier as you see improvement with effort. Beyond landing a job, you get almost no feedback.

Some tips from a career coach: Look for support from friends and create a daily routine along with a job search plan for yourself. Make more contacts by joining associations in your industry. Don't be shy about reaching out to family and friends who may know someone in your field who can hire you. Get perspective. The stress of looking for a job can take a toll on even the strongest person. Don't beat yourself up for feeling down. Take a couple of days to recharge. Then get back to your job hunt.

Hiring strengthens in the coming months Abridged: The Associated Press

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. companies in March posted the highest number of job openings in nearly four years, a sign that hiring could strengthen in the coming months. The Labor Department said that employers advertised 3.74 million job openings in March. That's up from a revised 3.57 million in February.

The increase in U.S. job openings suggests that weaker hiring gains in March and April could be temporary. Even with the increase, roughly 12.7 million people were unemployed in March. Last week the government said employers added 115,000 jobs in April and 154,000 in March. Tuesday's report, known as the Job Openings and Labor Turnover survey, or JOLTs, showed that more people quit their jobs in March. This is a good sign. Rising quits suggest workers are finding more opportunities in the job market. Nearly 4.36 million people were hired in March.

The increase in openings reflected gains in two sectors vital to the economy's health: manufacturing and construction. In March, factories advertised 55,000 more openings, while construction firms posted 23,000 more openings. However, government job openings decreased by 26,000. The unemployment rate has fallen a full percentage point since August to 8.1% last month. Still, 8.1% unemployment is a bit high. And part of the reason for the decline is more people gave up looking for work. People who are out of work but not looking for jobs aren't counted among the unemployment.

Economy is warming up. Time to update your resume! 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!

Questions to avoid in an interview Jimmy Sweeney, President of CareerJimmy

LOS ANGELES, CA -- Steer clear of questions that you can answer yourself by doing a bit of online research. Walk into the interview armed with as much information as possible and then ask questions that will help you decide whether to accept or decline the job offer if it's presented. Avoid asking questions related to salary, benefits, vacation and sick days. At this point you have not yet been offered the position. You are being 'screened.' There will come a time and place to discuss pay and benefits. The interview is not that place.

The most important thing you can do during an interview is to show yourself as someone the hiring manager wants. Focus on displaying your skills and experience and how you can fit the profile of the person the interviewer is looking for. This gives you leverage for negotiating salary and benefits when the job offer comes through.

An interview is not a social visit or a time to talk about sports and hobbies. It's a business meeting that has one purpose: to determine if you're the right person to fill the opening. If the interviewer asks a few questions about your interests, avoid getting off-track with long-winded responses. Be yourself. Do your homework. Show up neatly dressed. Arrive on time. Know the right questions to ask, and the ones to avoid. And bring enthusiasm, a smile, and a firm handshake.

Secrets To WOW them on your next job interview Staff Writer, The Career News

CARLSBAD, CA -- Did you know that when the job market was booming it took an average of 3 interviews to get 1 job offer? Now it takes 17! When you finally land the job interview of your dreams will you have what it takes to land the job offer? You must stand out during the job interview or you might as well be playing the lottery.

Most job seekers spend hours creating their resumes and cover letters, searching through job postings, reviewing classified ads and networking--all in order to land the job interview. Yet 99% of them don't have a clue what to do when they get one.

There's a little known "secret career document" you can quickly and easily customize for your next important job interview that literally forces the interviewer to picture you filling the position. This powerful technique was created by one of California's top marketing professionals. His method guarantees you'll automatically stand out from the crowd and shoot straight to the top of the "must hire" list for any position you seek. To ace your next interview and get hired faster visit: The Job Interview Secret.

3 rules to smart business card etiquette Abridged: Careerealism

CHICAGO, IL -- There's an etiquette to using a business card when networking. Don't mess it up! All it takes is one wrong move to jeopardize your professional image. At live networking events, where you only have 30 seconds to make a good first impression, you cannot afford to make the wrong move. The world first judges us on how we appear, our demeanor, presence, body language, and self-confidence. All of that can be picked up in a first glance or notice, or with the first handshake.

So let's say you are dressed well, your confidence is high and your body language is clearly communicating that you're a person worth knowing. You're 50% there. I've seen well dressed people leave a bad impression because of bad networking etiquette. Some of the worst mistakes I see at networking events are people not understanding how to use their business card. Here are a few tips:

  • Keep your business card to yourself until someone asks for it.
  • Only ask for cards or contact information for people you intend to follow up with.
  • Make the most of your networking by regularly connecting with your contacts.
  • When someone ask for your business card, write a reminder note on the back of it. It could be a note about what you talked about. Write something that jogs their memory as they go through the sea of cards they've collected.
  • Get your own job seeker cards for networking--free Staff Writer, The Career News

    BOSTON, MA -- Are business cards important in a job search? You better believe they are! There is simply no substitute for getting out there and networking during your job search. Up to 80% of job seekers today find their jobs through networking. That's because it works. Some great places to network are Alumni Events, Job Fairs and Professional Industry Association functions. No matter where you go though, employed or not, you must always carry a fresh supply of business cards to hand out when the time is right.

    There's nothing worse than making a great contact, searching for a pen and writing your number on a napkin - that they're sure to lose. Personal business cards project an image of professionalism and leave a lasting impression.

    Complimentary for The Career News Subscribers: Get 250-free-premium quality, full color business cards, an $85 value (there is however a very small shipping and handling fee). Using pre-designed online templates, you can create professional, attractive business cards in seconds. Instantly preview the cards online before submitting your order. Get your job seeker business cards for free today.

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