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Vol. 16, Issue 31 - Week of July 31, 2017

Fresh interview tips for your job search Abridged: Integrity Staff

WASINGTON, D.C. -- 1) Research the company. Look at the company website and search for them on social media. Get to know what they say, plus what their customers/stakeholders say about them. Also try to find them in any news or press releases. 2) Compare your skills to the job description. Analyze the job description and think about your previous job experience. Write down some specific anecdotes that demonstrate your skills and qualifications. It's better to have these in mind than have to frantically think of examples during the interview!

3) Prepare responses to common questions. Most interviews include a combination of resume-based questions, behavioral questions, and experiential questions. Have some sample responses written down for some easy retrieval during the interview. 4) Plan and plan some more. Plan your outfit for the day. Take some extra time to plan what you will be bringing to the interview. Print out extra copies of your resume. If you need any work samples, letters of recommendation, or a list of references, get those ready too.

5) Don't forget about the importance of non-verbal communication. Facial expressions and body language are very important to consider. Before your interview, review your own posture and habits. 6) Be strategic in your follow-up questions. Throughout the interview, continue to take simple notes to help you remember any questions you prepare some follow-up questions.

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.

How to narrow your career path Abridged: Flexjobs

BOULDER, CO -- List possibilities. Write everything out when considering a career move. While the different types of jobs you want may seem scattered initially, chances are they could actually have much in common. Pay attention to persistent themes, as they offer insight into what careers may prove most satisfying. Research. Gather facts about what a career truly entails. Talking to people in the field, job shadowing, and going on informational interviews can provide the "dose of reality" you might need to determine your career path.

Visualize. With a clear picture of what is involved, can you imagine doing this work day in and day out? Being called on to perform certain tasks routinely is much different than just doing them once or twice. We don't always easily reconcile our true nature with the job description. Visualization techniques help us make those connections and start to eliminate choices.

Change how you search. Learn how to effectively determine which positions actually offer the greatest potential for satisfaction. To help with evaluation: Make two lists on a piece of paper. List #1 is the top five activities you like to do in a job, and List #2 is your top five strengths. Using words from each of these lists, search the job listings and see what positions come up most frequently. Those are the jobs that are likely to be a great fit for you, will utilize your strengths, and will include functions that make you happy.

Stay positive when your job search stalls Abridged: Popsugar

NEW YORK, NY -- Double check your approach. Review your materials to ensure that all your I's and T's are dotted and crossed. Commit yourself to being a student of the search, and refine your approach as you learn tips and tricks along the way. Then tag in a mentor or a friend whose professional opinion you trust. A second set of eyes and a bit of support can go a long way when you feel stuck.

Recognize that this is a mind game. Recognize that job searching is hard because it's a nonlinear project. Not all efforts yield gleaming results. So don't put your heart in the fire. Recognize that all of this - the scores of resumes that you never hear back about, the stalls, the rejections - says more about the nature of job searching than it says about you. This is just how it is. It can be tough. It can feel personal.

Surrender to the search's pattern. While there's a lot that you can do to take charge of your job search, you can't make your phone ring or your inbox pop. Interestingly, though, there seems to be a feast or famine rhythm that governs it. For some reason, it seems like you can go for weeks with no nibbles and then get two juicy leads in the same week. So try and stay poised and positive while you wait.

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! To tap into the hidden job market, get your resume delivered to recruiters in your industry today.

4 Success tips from small business owners Abridged: Entrepreneur Magazine

BOSTON, MA -- Learn from and connect with other businesses. Visit your competition and introduce yourself. Nurture and develop a good relationship with them. Refer customers to them, as well. It's give-and-take and there really is enough to go around. Don't be afraid to ask them for help or advice.

Go mobile. If you have not already done so, create a Facebook Page and learn how to use their marketing tools with their online training program called Blueprint; you will set yourself in a path to grow your business, really fast. Prioritize quality over quantity. It's important to plan out your Facebook posts and activity. One thought out, strategic, well branded post a day or a few times a week is so much better than posting 10 pictures in one day without a strategy.

Follow your dreams. Identify what your true motivation is for starting your business or for pursuing your particular path in life. Then study it, dream it, live it, and most importantly, never lose sight of it. And always, always, always pursue with passion, desire, and the most definiteness of purpose. Whether you're just starting your business, or have been at it for years, advice from fellow business owners can be invaluable. You never know when words of wisdom will strike a chord and inspire you to grow and change for the better.

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 successful 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 your complimentary consultation with a franchise expert.

4 Reasons summer's actually the best time to job search Kat Boogaard, The Muse

CHICAGO, IL -- 1) There's Less Competition. Just think: If everybody automatically assumes it's an awful time to apply for an open position, you'll have less people tossing their hats into the ring during that time. And, when standing out from the sea of competition can be a huge challenge to overcome, the less resumes you have in that pile, the better your chances will be!

2) Hiring Managers Are Often Less Busy. Many candidates can benefit from summer hiring, as the hiring managers they're meeting with are not heavily involved in year-end related projects or tax season. 3) You'll Have an Easier Time Asking for Time Off. Candidates may have an easier time requesting time off to interview, as summer PTO is expected and common. Continuing your job search now means you'll be able to cut out in the middle of a weekday afternoon without setting off any alarms.

4) Networking Contacts Are More Willing to Meet. From informational interviews to informal coffee chats, your network will be a huge asset to you. People are often looking for any sort of excuse to get out of the office during the summer. So, your request to get together with a new acquaintance or an old colleague will feel less like a burden and more like a welcomed opportunity - which means you'll have a much easier time forging some relationships and expanding your web of professional connections.

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