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Vol. 16, Issue 22 - Week of May 29, 2017

Fatal mistakes interviewees commonly make Abridged: Lifehack

ATLANTA, GA -- Being at a job interview is never an easy task; you can't help feeling just a little bit nervous, especially if you really want the job. Feeling that pressure may lead you to make mistakes you aren't even aware you're making, and you don't leave the good first impression you wanted to. Then, you don't get the job, and you feel so disappointed - you were convinced you had all the necessary qualifications and skills. So, what went wrong?

You were bragging too much. You wanted to show that you are the perfect fit for the job, so you went a little overboard and it backfired. You didn't ask any questions. Going to a job interview, you expect to be asked a lot of questions. A job interview should also enable you, as a potential employee, to ask everything you want to know about the position.

Making up answers to questions you don't know. This is always a bad idea - the interviewers will see right through you. Answering with "yes" or "no." It's always good to elaborate your answers to show you understood the question. You don't get a second chance on a job interview - there is no second first impression, and that is why you need to work on your interview skills. And yes, you can practice how to be good at it - interviewing is a learned skill.

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 86 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 search tips to help you achieve a fresh start Abridged: Fortune Magazine

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Watch out for red flags: It's easy to fall into the trap of feeling like you have to sell yourself during a job interview. Instead, it should be your time to ask questions and really dig into whether the role is the right fit for you. Don't be afraid to really probe into your interviewers' experiences and preferences. No job is going to be fun all the time, but it's important for you to look closely for red flags.

Build a network: Professional and personal connections are key to landing a job. Referrals are the primary way working adults found their current job. If connecting with strangers seems hard, start by reconnecting with old friends. Surfing through Facebook and LinkedIn is an effective first step. Set up informational interviews to give you a better idea about what they do and whether it's something you're passionate about. After you feel more comfortable harnessing existing relationships, branch out to university alumni networks and industry focused organizations.

Focus your search: There are a number of ways to search for a new job. Be sure to take advantage of online job search tools that match opportunities with your experience and also research companies you'd really like to work for. The top two ways working adults generally get jobs are by applying to the company directly or by a referral from someone who worked at their company.

Cover letter tip to help you land you more interviews Jimmy Sweeney, CareerJimmy

LOS ANGELES, CA -- Looking for a new job? We're about to reveal one of the most powerful cover letter tips you'll ever discover. This little-known secret can dramatically increase your job interview requests all by itself. Here's a 'not-so-subtle' hint for you: P.S. -- This tip works like a charm and commands the attention of every reader!

Did you catch that hint? It's true, by adding a simple P.S. -- or Post Script -- after your signature, at the bottom of your cover letter you can literally grab the undivided attention of any person reading it. And, if your P.S. is a brief, direct and clearly-worded request for the opportunity to be interviewed, you will land more job interviews than the vast majority of your competition. Why does the P.S. work so perfectly with a cover letter?

Advertisers and marketers have been using the P.S. to sell various widgets successfully for decades. The general public has literally been trained to read any P.S. they see at the end of a letter. Use the P.S. to clearly and directly ASK for the job interview providing your contact number as well. This is a fresh way to appeal to employers and can tip the balance in your favor towards landing the all-important job interview. The P.S. lets a busy Hiring Manager cut right to the chase by reading this one special sentence.

Use this to craft the perfect 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! What most people don't realize is that a cover letter is really a sales letter. It's your personal advertisement, your first impression, your grand introduction. Additionally 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, practically no one understands 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.

Wouldn't you love to have a cover letter written with the flair of an advertising executive? If so, we recommend a simple program that helps you quickly and easily crank out a killer cover letter that is guaranteed-to keep your phone ringing. With a click-of-a-button, fill in the blanks and in just 3.5 minutes out pops a brilliantly worded and perfectly crafted cover letter - 100% customized for you. Why not get your phone ringing with job interviews and employment offers - without writing one word, just go to The Amazing Cover Letter Creator.

4 Tips for the introverted job seeker Abridged: Flexjobs

BOULDER, CO -- 1) Practice, practice, practice. A great way to combat your discomfort is by practice. Practice leads to familiarity, which will help ease stress and calm nerves. While an extrovert may try to just wing it, you'll be more confident and prepared by doing your homework and practicing.

2) Don't over schedule. Keep your introvert needs in check by not over scheduling yourself when it comes to networking and interviews. Back-to-back meetings will lead to depleting your physical and mental resources. Be sure to have time to reset your engine. You'll be in a better state to perform at your best if you do. 3) Let social media be your friend. Social media can be an introverted job seeker's best friend. While you can't avoid all face-to-face interaction, social media can be a viable way to advertise your skills, post your resume, interact with companies and hiring managers, and participate in discussions related to your industry or job.

4) Play up your introvert advantages. Being an introvert is an advantage in many situations. Play this up when discussing your skills on your resume, in interviews, and while networking. For example, as an introverted job seeker, you likely work well independently, have good self-awareness, listen well, have an ability to focus, and know when to get down to business. These are highly desired skills for nearly any job, and the fact that they come naturally to you will set you ahead of the competition.

[VIDEO] Ace your next interview to 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.

5 Signs it's time for a new job Abridged: Harvard Business Review

NEW YORK, NY -- You are not learning. Studies have shown that the happiest progression to late adulthood and old age involves work that stimulates the mind into continuous learning. This is particularly important if you are high on openness to experience/inquisitiveness, a personality trait associated with curiosity, creativity, love of learning, and having a hungry mind.

You are under-performing. If you're stagnated, cruising in autopilot, and could do your job while asleep, then you're almost certainly under-performing. If you want to be happy and engaged at work you're better off finding a job that entices you to perform at your highest level. You feel undervalued. Even when employees are happy with their pay and promotion prospects, they will not enjoy their work unless they feel appreciated. Furthermore, people who feel undervalued at work are more likely to burnout and engage in counterproductive work behaviors.

You are just doing it for the money. Although people tend to put up with unrewarding jobs mostly for financial reasons, staying on a job just for the money is unrewarding at best, and demotivating at worst. Employee engagement is three times more dependent on intrinsic than extrinsic rewards, and financial rewards extinguish intrinsic goals. You hate your boss. As the saying goes, people join companies but they quit their bosses. Until organizations do a better job at selecting and developing leaders, employees will have to lower their expectations about management or keep searching for exceptional bosses.

Use this powerful job search tool and find a job faster Staff Writer, The Career News

SAN DIEGO, 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. Just go to: JobsWanted.com.

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