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Vol. 16, Issue 13 - Week of March 27, 2017

5 Skill that will impress every hiring manager Abridged: The Daily Muse

CHICAGO, IL -- Quantitative Analysis: Employers value an ability to review organized data and create an action plan based on it. So, if you're able to dig into the numbers and emerge with real insights, you'll have a leg up on the competition.

Excel: While you can learn how to use it on the job, many jobs don't want to teach employees how to do it. So, if you come in knowing how to proficiently use Excel - and I mean really use it - you'll save your employer tons of time and be much more marketable as a new hire. Creative Thinking: The ability to think creatively can make a huge difference in the way a hiring manager views you. Employers are excited by innovators and those who look beyond the status quo. They want people who can think outside the box, share new ideas, and improve upon current systems - from day 1.

Communication Skills: Employers want to know that you'll effectively represent the company when communicating with colleagues and clients in emails, phone calls, meetings, presentations, and day-to-day work. Most importantly, they want to see that you're able to clearly share your point of view in a concise and professional way. Humility: Many employers value flexibility and a willingness to learn. Share your thoughts and ideas, and also get comfortable being wrong and learning from it.

Work smarter and land a job over the competition Staff Writer, The Career News

LOS ANGELES, CA -- These days, to land a job over the competition, you have to work smarter. The hard part is to get your resume read by the right people at the right time. Good jobs aren't on the market very long. To succeed your resume has to be available to the employer the moment they decide to fill a position.

One easy way to be found by employers who are looking to hire someone with your skills, is to post your resume on all the top job sites and niche job boards. This is a proven, documented method of successful job searching. While it may take a fair amount of time to find and fill out the forms of all these sites, you will definitely multiply your chances of landing a job.

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Tips to go from contract work to full-time employee Emily Moore, Glassdoor

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- Be Up Front (Within Reason): Make it clear that you're interested in a full-time position during the interview. Say something like, "I'm so excited to join this team -- I'm definitely interested in contract work, but if there 's an opportunity for it to become full-time I'd be very open to that."

Become Indispensable: A company won't want to hire you full time if you underperform. Even meeting the expectations of your role isn't always enough. To truly stand out, contract workers should outshine the full-time employees on their team. Make Sure to Mingle: Sometimes, contract workers make the mistake of isolating themselves from colleagues since they don't see themselves as a "real" team member. But this is a missed opportunity. If you don't see yourself as part of the team, what are the odds that your team will? Instead, make an effort to get to know them. A little personal connection can go a long way towards receiving a job offer.

Do Your Homework: Don't expect a job offer to fall into your lap. You must take action. After a few months, check in with your employer to find out whether or not they see a chance to bring you on full time. Come to that meeting prepared not only to state your case for full-time employment, but also with clear expectations of what you want and need out of a full-time job.

3 Tips to freshen up your resume in 2017 Abridged: Great Resumes Fast

CALLAHAN, FL -- Culture Fit: The majority of recruiters say that culture fit is an important factor in their hiring decision. Your resume is a great place to start setting the stage for a great culture fit. Start by researching the company culture of the organizations that you want to target in your job search. Find out what beliefs and values drive their organization and if these align with yours, be sure to include that information within your resume.

Ditch Pointless Words: Meaningless words that take up space and add no value to your resume do not market or brand you strongly enough to be included. Examples of these words include; results, success, professional, accomplished. These words are not inherently bad -- it's just that they don't tell the employer much about you and the distinct value you offer an employer. Instead, replace these generic phrases with specific terms. For example: Instead of saying you are results-driven describe the results you deliver with metrics, facts, and figures.

Modernize Your Resume: Our society has become increasingly more visually driven. Content-heavy resumes that lack visually engaging elements, design, and color are outdated. It's time to revamp the design of your resume to include charts, graphs, visuals, color, boxes, shading, borders, and other visual design elements that will engage the reader and make content easily digestible and quicker to consume. Use visuals to communicate large chunks of information more quickly.

Need help with your resume? Get a free critique! Staff Writer, The Career News

NEW YORK, NY -- Did you know that the average job opening has 250 applicants competing for it? What's worse is 70% of those applicants will be eliminated from the candidate pool by an applicant tracking system. That means that only 30% of applicants make it to the desk of hiring managers. But, wait. It gets even worse!

Hiring managers use the 30 second test to eliminate 80% of the remaining candidates. That means, that on your first pass in front of the eyes of a hiring manager, you have less than 30 seconds to impress them. Career professionals like to call this the "applicant black hole." What many people don't realize is that they aren't even getting their resume into the hands of hiring managers for reading! What can you do to avoid the black hole?

Well, for starters, you need to realize that it isn't your skill-set or your accomplishments that are ruling you out, it's your resume! A self-written resume has a 6% chance of being read. A professionally written resume has a 60% chance of being read and generates 2-3x as many interviews as a self-written resume. The Career News has arranged a special deal with TopResume and is offering free resume evaluations. Their resume experts will read your resume and give you actionable tips that will instantly make your resume more professional. Get your free-resume critique from an experienced resume writer.

3 Tips on cracking the hidden job market Abridged: USNEWS

NEW YORK, NY -- 1) Change the way you network. Make networking a habit by adding new LinkedIn connections regularly. Forward articles you think could be helpful to people you know and pass on job leads you've heard about. Networking is about building genuine relationships first, not asking for favors. Always stay active in building your personal brand.

2) Join professional networking groups. Your fellow job seekers can sometimes be the best resources for learning about employers who are likely to hire. Most are eager to share their knowledge, knowing that others in the same boat will share in return. There are many networking groups you can join, some based on industry or location or ethnicity.

3) Contact employers directly. Figure out who the hiring manager is and be bold. Email or call to introduce yourself and explain how your background and experience would be useful there. This way, even if the company currently has a hiring freeze, you'll be top of mind when positions do open up. Remember, you can use LinkedIn to get introduced to the decision maker by one of your connections on the social network. You're more likely to get your target's attention if you get referred to him or her. 4) Sign up for Google News Alerts. One of the best ways to learn about hidden jobs is to stay up-to-date with prospective employers. This way, you'll be among the first to know when the firm may soon be hiring.

Get help finding a recruiter in your industry Staff Writer, The Career News

LOS, ANGELES, CA -- When looking for a job, you may want to consider networking 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! Get your resume delivered to recruiters in your industry today.

How to continue your job search during a vacation Abridged: Flexjobs

DENVER, CO -- Be honest with your family and set expectations. It's not easy to sneak in computer time behind your family's back. You're on vacation to take a break, not feel more stress. So before you start packing, tell your family that you'll need to spend some time on your job search while you're away.

Schedule your search time. If you've planned out your vacation you can plan when you'll work on your job search. Don't miss out on fun excursions, meals, or family time. Instead, try to focus on your job search during periods of downtime (for example, when everyone is showering and changing, napping, or between activities). Don't talk about it too much. Don't spend the entire trip talking about your job search! Even if your family asks questions about it, try to avoid focusing every conversation on it.

Conduct your search from a quiet place. When you're editing your resume, submitting your applications, or sending emails to hiring managers, you'll want to be in a quiet, distraction-free place. Use the hotel's business center or work from your hotel room (when everyone is napping or out of the room). Don't let it stress you or your family out. As much as you can help it, don't let the stress of job searching overwhelm you too much while you're on your family vacation.

Have you tried this new job search engine yet? Staff Writer, The Career News

LOS ANGELES, CA -- If you've recently been searching online for a job, you realize there are literally thousands of different websites all listing potential job matches for you. Amazingly enough, even the biggest employment sites have less than 10% of available jobs listed online. Yet finding and then searching through thousands of different job boards and company websites is nearly impossible. Conversely, overlooking any one of these sites could cause you to miss out on the job of your dreams.

Wouldn't it be great if you could search all online job listings from just one website? Well you finally can, with a new job search engine at JobsWanted.com. This site works just like Google, Yahoo or Bing, except it searches only for targeted job listings from sites like: CareerBuilder, Beyond.com, Job.com, SimplyHired, Jobs2Careers, and more.

You simply plug in your job title and desired location, and in seconds you can review all your best job matches pulled from all the top job sites -- and all in one place. Now instead of spending endless hours bouncing around to countless different job sites, the jobs are brought right to you in seconds. The best part is there's no charge for this service, no sign up required, and you can try it right now for free.

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