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Vol. 16, Issue 18 - Week of May 1, 2017

5 Minutes to a faster job search Ariella Coombs, Work It Daily

CHICAGO, IL -- There are so many people out there who crave a faster job search. Despite spending hours online looking for jobs and applying to hundreds of job postings per month, they still can't seem to land the right opportunities. Unfortunately, most people today are going about their job search all wrong. Thankfully, you can conduct a faster job search. In fact, this activity, which only takes five minutes, can significantly decrease how much time and energy you spend on your search.

The first thing you need to do is create a list of 10 companies that you respect, admire, or appreciate in some way. This will give you some direction in your job search. Then, go and learn as much as you can about these companies. Follow them on social media. Engage with their brand. Like their pages, tweet them, and follow them on LinkedIn. This will allow you to get to know the companies better.

And, when you know the companies like the back of your hand, it's easy to articulate why you were drawn to them. So, if you met with someone from the company or ended up getting a job interview, you can clearly and enthusiastically share why that company is important to you and why you want to be there. This will allow you to stand out AND figure out what you're looking for in terms of your next company.

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.

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 up to 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. Instantly post your resume on all the top job sites, to find a job faster.

Marketing yourself: How to land your dream job Abridged: More Than Ink Printing

JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Know yourself. Take some time to ask yourself tough questions, and really get to know yourself. What are your goals in life, short-term and long-term? What are your core values? What successes or failures have shaped you? Be specific. Avoid empty cliches. Be specific by choosing unique words which truly exemplify your point. Give examples. Be intentional with your words and examples, and say what you mean.

Find what sets you apart. Beat out competition by telling buyers why your product is different. What sets you apart from all other job-seekers? Is it your years of experience, your unique management style, your new ideas? Find a story or example that shows something unique you have to offer. Watch nonverbals. In his research, Professor Albert Mehrabian, PhD, found communication is 93% nonverbal - 55% body language and 38% tone of voice. This means only 7% of what you communicate with employers is the words actually coming out of your mouth. So if you want to sell yourself in the job market, be aware of your nonverbal communication and what it is saying.

Stay positive. Keep all your potential employer interactions positive. Bringing negative energy or stories into an interview situation can make you seem difficult to work with or even disloyal. No matter how your last job experience went, focus on turning the situation into a positive example for the hiring manager.

Tips for job seekers reaching out to recruiters. Abridged: WorldBridge Partners

TOLEDO, OH -- Do not just submit your resume to a recruiter if you aren't at least an 80-90% fit, to see if it will stick. It won't! Their client is counting on them to send a qualified candidate. They get 100's of resumes for each job they post. They cannot read every one in depth, so make yours stand out and clearly show how you are a fit, in the few seconds they have to review.

They cannot respond to every resume that they receive, if you don't hear back, follow up. Customize your resume if you have skills that aren't very clear on your resume. Don't make them search for it. Have a clear, concise, and easy to read resume. No spelling, grammar, punctuation errors. It can disqualify you immediately. Have a professional write it or have a friend review it.

Offer an explanation on anything that might be a red flag to them; gap in employment, job hopping, over or under-qualified. Let them know if you need to cancel an interview, or if you're going to be late. Their schedule is booked and you must respect their time. Follow up if you have a conversation or an interview, but there's no reason to email or call daily. Treat them as a professional, they are here to help you, and they are compensated when they do. They do have other candidates they are working with and other daily duties.

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.

5 Tips for picking the right LinkedIn profile picture Abridged: Entrepreneur Magazine

NEW YORK, NY -- 1) Appear approachable. It's always smart to go with a professional headshot, but this doesn't mean it has to be bland. Show some spark, so anyone viewing your photo sees someone professional, but also someone with whom they'd want to work.

2) Remember, this is about YOU. Make sure you are front and center, and the focus of the photo. Be wary of distracting backgrounds. Close-ups really are your best bet. 3) If your professional headshot is old enough to buy a drink in a bar, it's time for a new one. You may look fantastic in that old mug, but you don't want a connection or a recruiter expecting someone entirely different, should you ever meet face to face.

4) Look the part. You know the old chestnut: dress for the job you want, not the one you have. This applies to pictures on a professional networking site as well. And since the appearance of health is so important, you may also want to schedule a haircut or a spa treatment ahead of the shoot. 5) No selfies allowed. One, the stigma of the selfie is such that it's not an acceptable method of photography for any professional endeavor. Two, self-taken shots tend to be of lower quality, since your ability to control for light, etc., is limited. And three, it's lazy. Hand someone else the camera.

The secret to acing your next job interview 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.

Tips for your next job search Abridged: CompTIA

DOWNERS GROVER, IL -- 1) Update Your Resume: Tailor your resume to the role so that the recruiter and hiring manager can easily align the skills you have to the ones they need. With each job you apply for, you may need to make small tweaks, but the potential benefits of landing the perfect job far outweigh the effort you put forth. 2) Make It Searchable: Optimize your resume with keywords so that it appeals to search engines and gets in front of the people you want to impress. Do some keyword research to identify the terms and phrases related to the job you want.

3) Assess Your Personal Brand: Your personal brand includes your resume and your digital footprint. What does your online presence look like? How do people perceive you, and how do you want them to perceive you? Your LinkedIn profile may be the first thing potential employers see, so start there and make sure it is as current and relevant as your resume.

4) Network! Network! Network! Get advice from people you know who recently changed jobs. Find out what worked for them and how they landed their new position. When you find an opportunity that excites you, connect with someone at the company via email or LinkedIn. Finding the right recruiter can also help you streamline your job search and uncover opportunities you may not have found on your own.

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