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Vol. 16, Issue 46 - Week of November 13, 2017

Here's what hiring managers are looking for right now Abridged: Payscale

SEATTLE, WA -- Understanding current hiring trends is helpful when you're looking to maximize your job search process. A new report from Jobvite sheds some light on what companies are looking for right now. Let's take a closer look at a few of the most important findings from this report. Experience Matters Most: When it comes to getting hired, experience matters most. But, it's also a big deal if you can demonstrate that you're a good cultural fit for the organization. Being introduced to the company by a current employee is also in your favor.

Certain Traits Catch Recruiters' Attention: Candidates are more likely to be hired when they display certain abilities and skills during their interview. Demonstrating knowledge of the industry made a significantly positive impact on recruiters' decision to hire a candidate. Other factors, like coming prepared with questions for the interviewers, or bringing a portfolio of work, also registered as priorities.

There Are Some Universal Deal-Breakers: Recruiters agreed about these hiring deal-breakers. Bad hygiene automatically disqualified a candidate - as well as - showing up late for the interview. Some felt that checking one's phone during an interview warranted an automatic disqualification. And, others said being rude to the receptionist or other support staff meant that the candidate didn't stand a chance. The responses revealed lesser factors as well. For example: dressing too casually; bringing food to the interview; interrupting the interviewer.

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 85 top job sites like Job.com, Beyond.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.

How to tailor your resume to any job posting Abridged: Workopolis

NEW YORK, NY -- Mine the Job Posting for Keywords: Start by highlighting any skills and required experience you can find in the job posting. Look for job-related skills first. What skills are must have? You should have most of these skills. Otherwise, you won't be able to perform the work. Next, look for skills that you could translate from one job to another. Make sure they show up in relevant places in your experience section.

Add Numbers and Details for a Spotlight Effect: Draw attention to the skills you find most important by adding numbers and details. By being specific, you can demonstrate how you've used these skills in the past. Using facts and figures has two benefits: Numbers pop out on the page and are easy to find; Details make it easier for hiring managers to imagine you achieving similar results in the future. Don't write: "Customer Service." Write: "Decreased returns by 10% through effective customer service."

Don't Make the Mistake of Sending a Generic Cover Letter: Yes, you still need to send a cover letter. And yes, you need to tailor it to match the job description as well. Make sure you add keywords to your cover letter, but avoid copying your resume. Your cover letter should complement and augment the content of your resume.

Ways to help you stand out in a job interview Abridged: CNBC

TRENTON, NJ -- Brendan Browne, the global head of talent for LinkedIn, says there are 3 key ways to make your interview memorable. "Talk to me about something you're passionate about, how you think on your feet and how you engage," he tells CNBC. Browne says that although certain roles do focus more heavily on tech-based "hard skills," he also looks for softer skills, such as passion and the ability to think efficiently.

In interviews, he often asks prospective employees to discuss how they have taken "intelligent risks" in the past. They also walk him through how they reached decisions in previous roles. For those just entering the workforce, Browne says that it's important to take inventory of all the work you have done, no matter how trivial. That way you can boost up your resume and focus on the relatable skills you picked up along the way.

Interviewees should also demonstrate that they're knowledgeable about the organization and their work. Always do your research and come to the interview informed about the role. Compensation should not be brought up early in the interview process, says Browne. "There's a time and a place to bring salary up," explains the HR chief. He also advises interviewees to always ask follow-up questions. When a prospective candidate doesn't ask questions at the end of the interview, says Browne, it raises red flags.

[VIDEO] The secret to nailing 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.

4 Things companies aren't being honest about Abridged: Entrepreneur

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- 1) The right person for the job: Hiring managers face tremendous pressure to quickly fill vacant positions. However, making a hasty decision just to get someone into the job creates trouble down the road. While finding the perfect fit is rare, hiring managers should create and stick to a list of "must-have" skills and experience. Candidates who don't meet these basic requirements should not move on to the later stages of the hiring process.

2) The upsides of the job: By not mentioning the positives -- for whatever reason -- recruiters will not be giving candidates a total picture of the position and company. Positive aspects of any job are often taken for granted. However, in order to gain an accurate picture of the position and make an informed decision, job-seekers must be able to weigh all aspects -- both good and bad.

3) The downsides of the job: On the other hand, it's also important to be honest about the negative aspects of a role or company. While it seems counterproductive to "un-sell" a job, employees will soon discover the truth and either quit, slack off or discourage others from applying. When that happens, trust is broken. 4) Advancement and raises: Honesty about advancement and raises is essential. If the company doesn't have a raise structure in place, that fact should be made known.

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 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 free consultation with a franchise expert.

Sharing fun facts during your interview Abridged: The Balance

CHICAGO, IL -- If you're bored during the interview, then your interviewer likely feels similarly. That's not a good outcome. Aim to show some personality during job interviews; sharing fun facts makes your responses memorable, and gives interviewers a full sense of you as a person. Here are some questions where sharing fun facts - like your hobbies and interests - can really help:

  • What are your hobbies?
  • What are you passionate about?
  • What is your greatest strength?
  • What is your greatest weakness?
The idea here is to use your fun fact as a path to talking about yourself as a worker. So, for instance, if you were asked about your greatest weakness, you might start by talking about how you've always struggled with discipline, but training for a marathon showed you how structure and routine could help you succeed in long-term projects. Then, you want to loop your answer back around to a work situation, and show again, how you're working to increase your discipline. So go ahead: Use fun facts to provide a full picture of yourself, and share some engaging, memorable information about yourself throughout your application process, from your resume through to in-person interviews.

Have you tried this powerful job search engine yet? 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 for--free.

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