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Vol. 16, Issue 26 - Week of June 26, 2017

New approach to figure out what you're meant to be Scott Anthony Barlow, The Muse

CHICAGO IL -- Look Behind You. Think back to previous work experiences, school and volunteer projects, interactions with friends and co-workers, and ask yourself: What do people consistently turn to me for? What do I love so much I'd do for free? What do I do at work that's not a part of my job, and why do I do it? What motivates you to do these "extra" things? Is it a desire to help others, learn new skills, solve problems?

Look Around You. Look at your current environment, how you got there, what floats your boat and what doesn't. Ask yourself: What do I love about my current working environment? What would I change? What can I not do without? Review your answers to find patterns. You may want to get assistance from a friend or coach at this point, as sometimes it's tough to find commonalities on your own

Look Ahead. Once you've got a good sense of what you love (and don't love) about where you are and where you've been, you can apply those findings to your future. If you've discovered you enjoy solving urgent problems, ask yourself where you could find someone with those skills. Ask others. Investigate. Do a Google search. Take your findings and notice how it expands your horizons. The goal is to grow your concept of where your most enjoyable and fulfilling skills and talents can be employed.

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 CareerBuilder, Job.com, Careercast, 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.

4 Techniques to stop dreaming and start doing Abridged: Jopwell

NEW YORK, NY -- 1) Create a personal vision and mission statement. A vision statement answers the question: "If I were to achieve my personal goals, what would my world look like?" A mission statement is your personal "how-to," outlining the process by which your vision will be achieved. It keeps you on track with your goal and communicates your direction.

2) Hustle! Be a go-getter and innovator. Invent new avenues for yourself, approach tasks creatively, discover new opportunities for growth, and strive to be enterprising. Regularly look for new opportunities to expand your reach and sharpen your skills. When you go above and beyond your requirements, that's when you can add new skills and expertise to your resume. This is when you're seen as invaluable.

3) Have a team. Your team should include a mentor, sponsor, and friend. They say your network is like a bank and withdrawals are dependent upon your contribution. Make sure to give your team updates on your growth, but also see how they are doing. Offer yourself up for assistance. What goes around comes around. Give and you will receive. 4) Show and tell. When someone asks you, "What do you do?" don't simply tell them your job title. Instead, identify your unique strengths and your tagline. The next time someone asks you about your profession, be sure to expand on your answer in your own unique way.

Resume tips to get the job you want Abridged: Fast Company

CONCORD, NH -- Resume Basics: The primary goal of your resume is to get you an interview. On average, one interview is granted for every 250 resumes that come across a recruiter's desk. Less is More: Recruiters want to see a resume that is simple to understand, and leaves them wanting to know more about the applicant. Your resume should compel the recruiter to pick up the phone or email you to schedule a phone screening or an interview. Look at your resume as a valuable piece of land. Every square inch on that piece of paper is valuable. You want to present a snapshot of your roles, accomplishments, and responsibilities. Additionally, you want to display the skills and work ethic that you will bring to the organization.

Tell the Truth: It's important to make sure that your resume is a true reflection of you and your experiences. Employers are taking steps to protect themselves and that means doing thorough background checks. These checks include everything from reference checks to education verification.

Be Clear about Your Goals: Being crystal clear is actually taking the time to write your goals down, and setting a time frame in which to accomplish these goals. Most successful individuals visualized their success before it even happened. The same can be said for job seekers. Final Thoughts: Like anything in life, your resume could benefit from objective input. Have someone review and critique your resume.

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 to become the candidate recruiters want Amy Elisa Jackson, Glassdoor

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- 1) Learn The Ins & Outs of the Company. Do your homework by reading recent news articles about the company, check out their Twitter page to get a sense of what they stand for, click around on Google to read about executives who work there, and be sure to look for any red flags like recent lay-offs, public scandals, or public uncertainty. Do this to get a holistic view of the companies you're interested in.

2) Do Your Research. Once you have looked at the companies you're interested in, dig in for a closer look. As you research the employer, pay attention to what's written on their website regarding the company's values and mission. You can also learn more about the company culture by following the organization on its social media networks. To ensure you're fully prepared, websites such as Glassdoor help job seekers discover the inside details of a company that can't be found on the employer's website.

3) Make Your Resume Stand Out. Customize your resume to the job and the company. Dig into what you should highlight from your work history in order to show that you're a perfect fit for this company. Make your resume shine by: crystallizing your brand to show the value that you bring to the table; Front-loading accomplishments, then describing how each was achieved; Showcasing transferable skills and hard skills.

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.

4 Things most job seekers don't know Abridged: The Cheat Sheet

ASHEVILLE, NC -- 1) Everything is negotiable (sometimes). If you're a top-caliber candidate, employers are going to want you. Remember that everything is negotiable, given you're in a position of power. Inquire about additional vacation days, the ability to work remotely, a free bus pass, etc. - and see what benefits you can get.

2) Opposition research goes both ways. You can bet that your interviewer is digging up the dirt on you, so you better be sure you're researching them as well. With so many resources available these days, there's no reason you shouldn't have some valuable intel going into an interview. You can look up the person you're meeting with on LinkedIn, for starters.

3) Craft and use a narrative. "Tell me about yourself" is an invitation to take your interviewer on a journey. Use this chance to weave a narrative, or build yourself a story - a story about a guy or gal who can pick up new skills, and who has many accomplishments under their belt. This is a method that will help you appear more confident and accomplished. 4) Take your nonverbal weaknesses seriously. You know that you need to dress to impress when you go in for an interview, but your nonverbal communication goes much deeper than what you're wearing. Hiring managers are turned off by anxious, nervous candidates. The ability to manage and control yourself will get you a long way.

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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