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Vol. 16, Issue 52 - Week of December 25, 2017

4 Tips to help you and your career resolutions Abridged: Monster

NEW YORK, NY -- Don't Keep it a Secret. Share it. The more people you tell, the more pressured you'll feel to hold yourself to your resolution. Telling other people holds you accountable to not just yourself but to others. This makes your resolution a team effort. With people keeping you on track you have a better chance of success.

Stay Grounded. Be Specific. Your success is contingent on whether your resolutions are realistic, which the best ones are. Resolutions should be something you can actually achieve - and will also challenge you. Set your goals and make them specific. The more specific, the easier it is to measure your success. Set Reminders. One of the biggest problems with keeping resolutions is remembering what you were trying to do. Set a calendar reminder for January 15 and for the first of each following month. Tracking your progress and setting mini goals throughout the year is a sure way of motivating yourself.

Be Flexible. Plan For Hiccups. Sometimes resolutions aren't as good of an idea as you originally thought. Life unfortunately cannot be planned sometimes. Don't fret or give up. There is no failure in modifying your resolutions to your new lifestyle. They should still be challenging but constantly modified so that they are attainable.

Update your job search approach and save time! 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 78 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.

What's the best way to start a cover letter? Abridged: The Balance

HOUSTON, TX -- The first sentence or two of your cover letter are the most important ones. Be direct. In these opening sentences, you want to explicitly let the reader know which position you're applying for. For example: "I am interested in the Coordinator position at ABC company."

Mention a contact. If someone referred you to the position, include that information as well. For example: "Jane Doe let me know about the job, and suggested I apply for the position." State an accomplishment. Try to state an accomplishment from your previous job. If you can, show how you added value to the previous company you worked for. You might even add the job title you had if it's similar to the one you are applying for.

Express excitement. Convey your passion for your work, and your excitement about the job and company. Your cover letter is an opportunity to sell yourself to the hiring manager, and to share why you're well qualified for the job. For example: "I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to meet with you to discuss what I have to bring to the position at ABC company." Use keywords. If you can include any keywords from the job listing, do so. For example, you might mention a skill you have that was included in the listing. Don't overdo it though. You want your letter to read naturally, not appear like it's stuffed with keywords.

3 Ways your cover letter lost you the job Abridged: USNews

BOULDER, CO -- 1) You Regurgitated Your Resume: Your cover letter is meant to complement your resume -- not reiterate it. So, it won't do you much good if you simply take the best bullet points from your resume and repeat them in your cover letter. If your cover letter and resume are replicas of each other, why submit two documents in the first place?

2) You Used a Canned Version: You may not love the idea of composing a unique cover letter for each job you apply to, but it's worth it. When a recruiter reads, "Dear Hiring Manager, I am so excited to apply for the open position at your company, where I hope to...," they immediately recognize it for what it is -- a stock cover letter. That's not going to fly with a company that wants employees who are truly excited about its unique mission and vision.

3) You Highlighted Your Weaknesses: If you don't meet the basic requirements of the job, your resume will clearly indicate that -- so you don't need to begin your letter by stating, "I know I don't actually have any coding experience or know much about computers, but..." That simply shines light on the fact that you're not qualified. And once the recruiter realizes that, she probably won't make it to the part of the letter where you try to convince her that she should hire you anyway.

[Video] Easily crank out a perfectly-written 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! A cover letter is really a sales letter. It's your personal advertisement, your first impression, your grand introduction. 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, few people understand 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. 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, just go to The Amazing Cover Letter Creator.

Strategies to help you land a new job next year Abridged: Forbes

SEATTLE, WA -- First, don't be over confident and make the mistake of under preparing or under estimating the amount of time and energy a true job search takes. Do your research when you're applying for jobs and demonstrate a real interest and knowledge of the employer. Elevate this to an even higher level of preparation for an interview. Hiring managers are completely turned off when you don't even know what the company does.

Make sure that you have good job search habits. Always view your search as a job that you literally get up for each day of the week, get dressed and get to work. Set goals for the day to apply for positions that you're truly interested in and qualified for. Keep a record of your application submissions and dates so you can follow up. Reach out to a number of contacts in your network and set up as many information calls and meetings as possible.

If you haven't already, establish an email account that is professional and can handle large files. Name your resume with your actual name, not my resume to make it easier for a recruiter to keep track of. Utilize social media in strategic ways. Find companies and organizations that you're interested in and follow them on Twitter and LinkedIn. Comment appropriately and keep an eye out for tweets and job announcements.

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 a consultation with a franchise expert .

Are you having a hard time finding a job? Abridged: Inside Hired

SCOTTSDALE, AZ -- Do you feel that you are being overlooked? Does your resume represent you as a qualified candidate for the position? If your answer is no then you need to devise a resume that is strategically targeted to your specific job needs. These days most people tend to have a generic style resume that list all of their previous jobs and experiences. However, that may not cut it.

Today's job market is very competitive, therefore; you need to have a resume that will demonstrate that you have all of the qualifications that the employer is looking for while highlighting your achievements. Remember employers are looking for the most competent candidates to fill the position. So, in order to get the job, you may need to start your target practice by doing your homework.

Learn everything about the industry you are pursuing. Learn what precise skills, qualifications, education, and credentials someone in that field is expected to have. When composing your resume make sure to emphasize the specific qualifications they are seeking. Keep in mind that by targeting your resume and emphasizing your relevant qualifications you may need to omit unrelated information.

Search smarter with this job search engine Staff Writer, The Career News

LOS ANGELES, CA -- If you've been recently 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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