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Vol. 12, Issue 08 - February 25, 2013

Six tax tips for job seekers Abridged: Webtax

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- If you're searching for a new job in your current occupation, you may be able to deduct some of your expenses on your tax return. Here are six things the IRS wants you to know about deducting costs related to your job search.

  • To qualify for a deduction, the expenses must be spent on a job search in your current occupation.
  • You can deduct employment and outplacement agency fees you pay.
  • You can deduct amounts you spend for job tools and services like ebooks, resume writing and/or resume posting services.
  • If you travel to an area to look for a new job in your present occupation, you may be able to deduct travel expenses to and from the area. You can only deduct the travel expenses if the trip is primarily to look for a new job.
  • You cannot deduct job search expenses if there was a substantial break between the end of your last job and the time you begin looking for a new one.
  • You cannot deduct job search expenses if you are looking for a job for the first time.
  • The amount of job search expenses that you can claim on your tax return is limited. You can claim the amount that is more than 2 percent of your adjusted gross income.
  • Maximize your exposure on these job boards Staff Writer, The Career News

    LOS ANGELES, CA -- There are several long lists of job boards and career sites (collectively searched by millions of employers and recruiters) available on the internet or through a search engine. And while it may take some time, posting your resume on many top job boards and niche career sites will really maximize your exposure and job opportunities.

    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. With this service, you fill out one easy form and in about 5 minutes you'll be posted on over 85 top career sites and niche job boards like CareerBuilder, Indeed, Job.com, Net-Temps, Dice and more. A comprehensive list of all the sites they post to is on their home page.

    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. Resume Rabbit additionally offers identity protection, spam and virus protection, and job matches via email. To multiply your chances of landing a great job, go to
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    Need a Job? Make the most of your connections Abridged: FindTheRightJob

    CHICAGO, IL -- When people begin a job search, they tend to buckle down behind their computers and start sending off resumes. While that might result in a call back, a far more effective strategy is to get out and network. Here are some tips for making the most of your network and new connections.

    Find the right association for you. Do some searching online or on LinkedIn to find out the name of popular professional groups in your industry. Once you have some possibilities, learn more about them online to see what type of events they have. Ask for a guest pass. Because joining a professional group can be a costly investment, shop around to find one or two that can offer you the best opportunities and access to the people you aspire to meet. Try asking for a discounted trial membership so you can see if it's the right fit.

    Break the ice. When you do attend an event or meetup, don't be afraid to start a conversation. Remember, it tends to be the impromptu chats that often lead to learning about new job openings and opportunities. Extend yourself. It's important to talk with people, volunteer on committees, and use your time wisely. When you keep seeing the same faces, it becomes easier to make a name for yourself and become top of mind should a position become available.

    Ensure your resume is reviewed by recruiters Abridged: Huffington Post

    NEW YORK, NY -- Technology has altered the hiring process significantly, especially when it comes to resumes. By following these four tips, your resume should make it through the scanners and screeners and could well become your ticket through the door to an interview.

    1) Learn the rules of the game. Applicant tracking systems are programmed to allow only those resumes that match the search criteria (i.e. keywords) to make it through the screening process and eventually wind up on the recruiter's computer screen. If yours does not reflect what they're looking for, it will disappear into the black hole of cyberspace, unseen by the recruiter. 2) Give them what they want. Match your skill sets to the skills advertised in the posting. Decide which skills you want to emphasize. Your resume should duplicate the advertised skills as closely as possible.

    3) Make your resume eye friendly. Most recruiters claim to give a resume only a 30-second scan to determine whether or not it's worth reading. Your key skills and experience should be readily visible at the top of your resume and literally leap out at the reader. 4) Ask yourself the "so what" question. Although keywords and skills are critical in getting through the initial screening process, you'll need to sell the reviewer on your abilities by stressing your accomplishments. Asking yourself "so what" after each bulleted statement on your resume will help you focus on the positive results you've achieved.

    How to find a good recruiter in your industry Staff Writer, The Career News

    LOS ANGELES, CA -- When looking for a job, you may want to consider working with a recruiter. Recruiters, otherwise known as head hunters or search consultants, are hired by companies to find candidates for them, and often know about unadvertised jobs.

    It's important to note, that recruiters do not charge the job seeker. The company pays a fee, typically when a candidate is hired. When contacting a recruiter send a resume and cover letter just as though you were applying for a job. If a recruiter calls you, always call back - even if you are not currently job hunting. You never know when circumstances might change and you might need job search assistance.

    If you don't know of any good recruiters and/or want to instantly have your resume sent to 1000's of recruiters that specialize in people with your skills, we have a suggestion for you! One service, Resume Mailman, can email your resume to 1000's of targeted recruiters. Resume Mailman asks you to fill out some general information and input your resume. Then, your information is delivered to recruiters who specialize in finding jobs for people with your skills, in your area! Give Resume Mailman a try today.

    Practical ways to shine in a job interview Abridged: LinkedIn

    STATE COLLEGE, PA -- You landed the interview. Awesome! Now don't screw it up by making basic interviewing mistakes. Here are some practical ways to shine:

    Be likable. Make a great first impression and establish a real connection. Be the very best version of yourself. Never start the interview by saying you want the job. Why? Because you don't know yet. Focus on making sure the job is a good fit. Set a hook. A sad truth of interviewing is that later they often don't remember a tremendous amount about you -- especially if they've interviewed a number of candidates. Later they might refer to you as, "The guy with the alligator briefcase," or, "The lady who did a Tough Mudder". Sometimes you may be identified by hooks, so use that to your advantage.

    Know what you can offer immediately. Find a way you can contribute to a critical area. If you have a specific technical skill, show how it can be leveraged immediately. Think about what makes you special and show the benefits to the company. Ask for the job based on facts. By the end of the interview you should have a good sense of whether you want the job. Use your sales skills and ask for the job and use facts to prove you want it. Reinforce a connection with your follow-up. And make sure you say thanks -- never underestimate the power of gratitude.

    Ace your next interview and get hired faster Staff Writer, The Career News

    LOS ANGELES, 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.

    Stay sharp so you can find a job or move ahead Abridged: Monster

    BALTIMORE, MD -- Whether you're employed and casually looking for other opportunities or unemployed and anxiously trying to land a job, you must spend time each week learning and keeping your skills sharp. Sounds easy, right? Well, you'd be surprised at how few people recognize the value of what we call "informal learning."

    It's not enough to rely on employers for training. You need to pay special attention to your own career development. Each week, you should spend a few hours reading about your industry, researching new trends, and learning what it will take to land a job or simply manage your career more effectively. Although this may sound like just another chore, if you approach it the right way, it will become as much a part of your daily routine as brushing your teeth or going to the gym. The following simple tips are cheap, painless and essential to help you get ahead.

    Join listservs and discussion groups. Actively read industry magazines and trade publications. Sign up for industry specific newsletters. Recruit a mentor to get support and advice from a seasoned industry professional. Work the Net and look for news pertaining to your career, the companies where you'd like to get hired and the technologies that will change how you do your job. Socialize with a purpose and attend industry events and job fairs. Volunteer at an association where you can network with others in your field.

    Sign up for your free business and trade magazines. Staff Writer, The Career News

    SACRAMENTO, CA -- The economy and technology is constantly evolving and changing. For this reason, it can be difficult at times to stay up to date with information in your industry. However, staying informed is important for a number of reasons. If you work in a technological environment, then it's important to stay up-to-date with changing technology simply to be able to do your job. If you work in the service industry it's important to keep your finger on the pulse of what's hot and what's not. Reading trade publications and business journals also makes you more marketable to potential employers.

    So whether you're looking to move up or move on - reading business and trade publications lets you move right in to the job of your dreams. They keep you sharp, well informed, articulate and in-demand. It's no secret that keeping up with the news and trends of your industry or profession (as well as that of your clients') will give you the competitive edge you need. And now, you can get your trade magazines without having to pay for them.

    Through a special offer from The Career News, you can instantly get a subscription to practically every leading industry and business publication. It takes only a minute to search the website to quickly find the magazines matching your skills and interests. First search by publication title, industry, or geography. Then, pick the magazines you want, fill out a brief online subscription form and press submit. It's really that easy. Sign up for your free business and trade magazines today.

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