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Vol. 16, Issue 14 - Week of April 3, 2017

Six interview tricks to land your dream job. Abridged: Monster

DENVER, CA -- 1) Visualize interview success. Studies have shown that athletes do better when they visualize themselves doing well. And it works with interviews too. Purposefully program your mind to visualize only the positive things you want to happen. 2) Stop saying you're nervous beforehand, and start saying you're excited. Anxiety and excitement are similar emotions. If you tell yourself out loud that you're excited instead of nervous, it actually calms you down and you'll be more relaxed for your interview.

3) Have a ritual before each interview. It can be something small, like listening to the same song before you go in. Studies have shown that rituals can reduce your heart rate, help you concentrate, and make you feel more in control. 4) Start with small talk. Like the weather, or how crazy traffic was on your way over. Studies have found you're more likely to get a job if you start out with some meaningless chitchat, because it builds trust.

5) Get ready to brag. Studies have found women tend to be more reluctant to do it than men. One trick is to pretend you're bragging about a friend instead of yourself. 6) Don't over-rehearse for it. You'll sound scripted if you do. Plus, making a mistake isn't always a bad thing. There's something called the "pratfall effect," where you actually seem MORE likeable if you make a mistake or trip over a word.

Maximize your exposure and land more interviews 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.

If you want all the benefits without all the work, you can let a service like Resume Rabbit do it for you. You fill out one simple form and they'll instantly post your resume on 85 top job sites like Job.com, CareerBuilder, America's Job Exchange, Dice & more. Then you'll be seen by over 1.5 million employers & recruiters daily. It takes ONLY 5 minutes and saves 60 hours of research and data entry. To maximize your exposure and land more interviews, get your resume posted on all the top job sites.

Job interview crimes that you must avoid Abridged: Forbes

NEW YORK, NY --Being inauthentic. In a world where our workspace can often demand that you're "putting on a face," you can set yourself apart with one unique quality, and that's authenticity. In fact, hiring managers want to see the real you in a job interview to gauge how you would fit into the company dynamic.

Talking smack. There's absolutely no chance you'll elevate yourself as a job seeker by talking trash about a past employer. Whether it's your boss, your coworkers, or the company itself, this will reflect poorly on you. After all, if you're showing that much discontent with your past, the first thing the employer will wonder is whether they'll be your next sob story.

Failing to ask poignant questions. Asking great questions is not about flocking your feathers, it's about showing authentic engagement. After all, we spend about 30% of our lives at work. For that reason alone, it's critical to ask questions. And on the flip side, not asking questions can give the impression that you're not interested and you haven't prepared appropriately.Talking more about work history than accomplishments. It's undoubtedly important for employers to understand your background. That being said, it's even more important for you to be able to discuss your results and focus on your achievements. After all, every employer wants to hire an achiever.

Tips on writing a cover letter that gets noticed Abridged: Entrepreneur Magazine

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Use a strong opener. Start the cover letter with a specific fact about yourself that you think the hiring manager needs to know. This way they'll get to learn something about you and are intrigued. Don't summarize your resume. Instead, focus on your personal value and traits, why you're excited about the job or specific achievements you've had in the past.

Show off your knowledge of the company. Prove that you've done your research and appreciate and admire what the company does. Research their social media platforms, learn more about the challenges they're facing, and understand the culture of the organization. Focus on the value you could bring to the company. Don't be modest! Managers are looking for someone who is going to make their jobs easier. Name a certain challenge and talk about how your experience has equipped you with the skills you need to overcome these issues.

Get the tone right. Be conversational and make sure you're using the right tone for the company you're applying with. Don't use slang and make sure your grammar and spelling are spot-on, but try to keep your language warm and engaging. Use some numbers. Employers love to see the tangible effect new hires could have on their company. It also shows them that you know what you're doing and they won't experience a steep learning curve with you.

[Video] 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! A cover letter is really a sales letter. It's your personal advertisement, your first impression, your grand introduction. 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, few people understand 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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Cold email tips to help land your next gig Abridged: USNews

BOSTON, MA -- Do some cyber stalking to get the contact you need. Run a search on LinkedIn and send a short and clear message. Stand out and shine, from your subject line to your email. Use on-brand words in the subject line and depending on your industry consider using an emoji.

Avoid certain days and times. Timing can be everything, so do be mindful of the day and time of your email. It's best practice to avoid cold emailing on Mondays and Fridays. Tuesday is known for being the most productive day of the week, so use that stat to your advantage. Slay your pitch by keeping it short, sweet and relevant. Include why you love the company and how you believe you can contribute. Go the extra mile by shouting out to any recent cool news about the brand, or reference something noteworthy you read about the person you're emailing. And if you know someone in common or you previously met at a networking event, do mention that connection in the subject line!

Finesse the follow-up. Everyone's busy, so if you don't hear back after one week, be sure to follow up. Recap your original message in the body of the email and let them know you're available to connect if they have any questions. It shows you're enthusiastic about the job and brand, and bumps up your email in their inbox.

Easiest way to start your own business: Free Consultation Staff Writer, The Career News

LAS VEGAS, NV -- Have you dreamed of owning your own business or running a side gig, but don't know where to start? Franchises are becoming more and more popular as a way for people to buy and own their own business. Here are 4 main advantages to owning a franchise.

First, you're able to operate your own business with the security of working with a large company. Second, the start-up, operations and general business plans are laid out for you with training and support from the franchisor. Third, you reduce your risk due to the success of the franchisor's reputation & experience. Fourth, it may be easier to borrow money to start a franchise than an independent business. If you've been thinking about starting your own business, we recommend a complimentary consultation with FranChoice, the premier "matchmaker" of the franchising industry.

During your consultation, the consultants from FranChoice will help you identify franchise businesses that meet your criteria based on your goals, skills and preferences. Then they'll guide you through the franchise investigation process and answer all your questions. FranChoice is paid by the various companies offering franchises to help them find suitable matches. So it's free to you and there's no commitment or pressure to buy. Instantly sign up for a consultation with a franchise expert .

Tips for speeding up the job search process Abridged: The Balance

AUSTIN, TX -- Be open to different locations. If you live in an area that doesn't have many jobs in your industry, your job search may take awhile. If you're flexible in terms of where you work, try expanding your job search geographically. If you can look for jobs where your industry is booming, you'll increase your chances of finding a position. Be flexible in terms of job preferences. Similarly, if you're looking for a very specific type of job, it will likely take awhile to find. Consider looking at related jobs, or jobs that require a similar skill set.

Job search regularly. The frequency with which you job search will also affect how long your search lasts. Try job searching on a daily basis. This will help you stay on top of the latest job postings. Enhance key skills. You can improve your chances of finding a job quickly by working to develop the skills that are most important for your industry. Sign up for coursework, trainings, internships, or volunteer work to enhance key skills.

Expand your network. Some people have landed a job within days of going on the job market, either through LinkedIn or meeting someone at a networking event. Increase your level of networking activity through networking events, informational interviews, online networking, and more. Seek assistance. Get advice online to improve your marketability. Consider visiting a career counselor for more specific advice on speeding up your job search.

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