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Vol. 16, Issue 39 - Week of September 25, 2017

5 Ways to transition into a new career Abridged: The Ladders

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- Save, save, save! You'll need a lot of money to stay afloat for as long as it takes to land the right next job, so it makes sense to start saving while you're still employed - before you make the leap. Remember that you're more than your job. You're a human being with strengths, weaknesses and a whole life outside of work. So think about what's important to you in this process. After all, this is a second shot at getting what you really want in your career, right?

Rely on your network. Do everything you can to research the industry you're trying to get into. Read up on news articles, industry research and books, and tap into your network - reconnecting with friends and extended networks to find people who work in the field you're now pursuing. Ask them for insight about the nature of the industry, invite them to an informational interview.

Monitor your progress. Consider setting small benchmarks to help keep yourself motivated and organized - as you move forward. Monitor how you're doing and what you need to be doing next. Set up reminders so you follow up on things when you need to. Don't forget about your current strengths. Chances are, you already have a wealth of knowledge in another area, so don't shortchange yourself. No matter where you go, you have the opportunity to build on existing skills and find opportunities to create new ones.

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, 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.

5 Tips that will nail you a second job interview Abridged: Carolina Style Magazine

CHARLOTTE, NC -- 1) Don't just skim the job description. Always invest the time to read the full job posting before your interview so you know exactly what your role would be. Doing this will help identify any questions you might have once you're invited in for an interview. 2) Research the company and know why you want to become a part of it. Don't only look into their About page or company website. Dive deeper and become familiar with their clients, work, and social media accounts. Once you have become more familiar with their company, brand, and mission, think about how you could contribute as a potential member of their team.

3) Anticipate what questions they might ask. If you anticipate the commonly asked questions beforehand and are prepared on what your answer will be, your interview will be sure to run more smoothly. 4) Always ask questions on a job interview. An interview is an opportunity for you to get to know the company and people you might be working with. Don't ever hesitate to ask questions. Asking questions shows that you are engaged, prepared, and interested in their company or organization.

5) Don't be afraid to be yourself. You should never shy away from who you are as a person in front of your interviewer. In fact, companies are realizing that it's better to hire people for their personalities and culture fit rather than a specific skill set.

3 Smart career strategies to follow Abridged: Business.com

NEW YORK, NY -- Take some personal time. While you don't want too many long gaps in your resume, there's nothing wrong with taking some time to think about you're next move. A short sabbatical after leaving a job where you were unhappy can help you to focus on your priorities and well-being, which will make you a better candidate in the future.

Boost your skillset. Instead of immediately sending out your current resume, why not bulk it up? If you're a computer programmer, you could work on a new language or develop an app. Not only will your new skill make you more attractive to potential employers, but you'll have an answer when asked about gaps in employment.

Seek professional help. It's OK to admit that you need help finding a new job. There are many companies out there that make it their mission to help job seekers polish their resumes, practice for interviews and write cover letters. Choosing a professional resume-writing company can help you stand out among all the other job seekers out there. Since most corporate recruiters receive their first application within 200 seconds of posting an open position, they spend very little time on each resume. If you don't grab their attention within six seconds, your resume is likely to end up in the recycle bin. Most professional resume and cover-letter-writing companies know how to capture and maintain recruiter attention.

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.

Some logical steps in finding a new job Abridged: Entrepreneur.com

BOSTON, MA -- The interview is about me: No it's not about you. The interview is about the interviewer's needs and their evaluation process that considers the candidate's ability to provide what the interviewer needs. Always accept LinkedIn invitations, yet be cautious and engage. The more connections you have, the more opportunities you'll have. Some job seekers have reported that most help comes from the 2nd and 3rd degree connections and not from the 1st degree connections.

Don't create your own resume. People in transition need to preserve their savings, and so many compose their own resumes, which eventually get changed or edited or rewritten by others equally unqualified yet willing to help. The best advice, therefore, is to hire a trusted and recommended professional, certified and experienced resume writer.

Focus only on your past career path and ignore other possibilities. In today's fast-changing business environment, new jobs are being invented every day, and many of the past's traditional jobs are morphing into new ones or becoming totally eliminated. Job seekers who do not consider job opportunities in fields unrelated to their past ones make a mistake. Some reach a point -- possibly because of age discrimination or the elimination of their traditional jobs -- at which a change in career might be a wonderful solution. It worked for me extremely well.

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.

Essential tips for older job seekers Abridged: Madison Online

MADISON, WI -- Limit what you put on your resume. There's no need to list every position you've held since you started working. Don't include the year you graduated college. It's unfortunate but true, if you show that you're in your early 60s, some companies might discount your job application. But if you make that age more ambiguous on an otherwise strong resume, you'll be more likely to get called in for an interview.

Create a LinkedIn profile and establish a strong presence. This professional network won't just help you land a job by virtue of enabling you to network; it'll also send employers a message that you haven't fallen behind the times. Network like crazy and look for a referral at your companies of interest. Not only do personal recommendations carry a ton of weight, knowing someone on the inside at a company might allow you to get your foot in the door sooner.

Focus on your most recent and relevant experience during interviews, not your entire work history. If you happen to look your age, then it might work against you. That said, a company might be more open to hiring someone in his early 50s than, his late 50s or early 60s, and while you absolutely shouldn't lie during an interview, it never hurts to lead your interviewer to think you might be younger than you actually are.

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