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Vol. 17, Issue 1 - Week of January 1, 2018

Your new year's goal: Get a new job Abridged: USA Jobs

SEATTLE WA -- If you made a big, career-related New Year's resolution this year, check out this simple step-by-step guide to kicking off your hunt. Step 1: Get Your Resume Recruiter Ready. Whether you are job searching, or not -- you should always keep your resume updated. So first things first -- we urge you to dust off your resume and make sure it's in good shape - since you never know when opportunity will knock.

Step 2: Get LinkedIn. What's perhaps more important than an awesome, up-to-date resume is an awesome, up-to-date LinkedIn profile. Consider it your public job seeker persona. Make sure your profile is up-to-date, you are connected to everyone you know, and you're doing everything you can to put your best virtual foot forward.

Step 3: Enlist Your Army. One of the most important things to remember when you're a job seeker is that you're not alone. You have a whole network of people who can help you -- from your old bosses and colleagues to your friends to even the professionals -- and you should definitely use them. All you have to do is ask (the right way, of course). Step 4: Network Your Face Off. Step away from the computer screen. Put yourself out there. Meet everyone you can. Go to industry events, alumni mixers, meet-ups, whatever. Oh, and don't forget the power of informational interviews. We cannot emphasize this enough.

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 78 top job sites like Job.com, Nexxt.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.

Biggest job search mistakes made last year Abridged: Glassdoor

NEW YORK, NY -- 1) Not following up: Craft a unique follow-up message for every recruiter you talk to. If you want to be a memorable candidate, following up with recruiters is a must - both before and after you submit your application. 2) Sending out a generic resume: You should absolutely tailor your resume to suit the company, industry, location, and other parameters of the role you are applying to. By only sending out one resume, you're selling yourself short.

3) Skimming the job description: Trying to save time when reading through job descriptions only costs you more time in the end. Avoid wasting time and energy by carefully reading the details of the job ad. 4) Skipping the cover letter: If a cover letter is asked for, always include it. And if a cover letter is optional, best to include it anyways. Anything that can set you apart from the competition and show your dedication will boost your chances of landing a job.

5) Not knowing your worth: You should also have an idea in your mind of what kind of pay you're looking for. Be prepared to negotiate a higher salary, in case the one you're offered isn't up to par. 6) Skipping your research: A well-informed candidate is always preferable to the alternative. If you haven't done your research, it's ultimately a waste - not only of the recruiter's time, but also of your own.

LinkedIn hacks to boost your chances of getting a new job Abridged: CNBC

TRENTON, NJ -- 1) Write a great summary: The summary section on LinkedIn is a great place to showcase your achievements and professionals goals. In fact, recruiters consider it the most important section of your profile. 2) Upload a good photo: Profiles that include a photo are 21 times more likely to be viewed than those without one. They are also nine times more likely to receive connection requests. Opt for a flattering, professional photo that best represents you. Skip ones that are poorly cropped, low-resolution, or include another person.

3) Add your location: Many recruiters screen by location. Leaving this important information off, may leave you out of the running for a lot of jobs. By adding your city or metro area to your profile, you will boost your chances of being seen by 23 times, according to LinkedIn. 4) Include your educational background: By adding your school(s), hiring managers and former classmates are more likely to find you in searches. In fact, profiles with completed education fields receive 17 times more messages from recruiters. However, you may want to consider leaving off your graduation year, which can signal your age to potential employers.

5) Specify your industry: Listing the industry you work in, or the one you'd like to break into, helps you come up in those recruiter searches. It also helps LinkedIn connect you with the right job listings, events and trending articles.

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.

3 ways to get a better job in 2018 Abridged: USA Today

CHICAGO, IL -- Network, network, network: While it's important to have strong skills and a solid resume, ultimately, it's the people you meet and develop relationships with who might play the biggest role in boosting your career. LinkedIn reports that between 2015 and 2016, 85% of jobs were filled through networking.

Improve your skills: A great place to start is to identify some of the in-demand careers where you live, reach out to the hiring managers or HR departments at those companies, and ask them what kind of training and skills they have trouble finding. Once you've done that, go get trained, whether at your local community or technical college, through online coursework, or with on-the-job training such as apprenticeship programs.

Become a better interviewee: While some people are naturally good at being interviewed, most are not. If a person isn't prepared, most employers won't hire them. Preparing means knowing some basic facts about the company, the job, and the person doing the interview, assuming all of those things are publicly available. If you can't do that much work, then it suggests to you probably won't be a great employee. There's only one way to get better at job interviews, and that's to practice. Ask your friends to stage mock interviews with you or record yourself answering interviews questions. Practice may not make perfect, but it will make you a better interviewee.

[VIDEO] The secret to acing 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.

Tips for landing a job this year Abridged: USNews

HOUSTON, TX -- Position yourself as a thought leader in your industry. Create a professional blog and write insightful posts about industry trends and advice. Join and participate in niche communities and niche career sites related to your expertise and skills. Share relevant articles in your social networks to help develop your online presence. Networking within these communities may lead you to your next job opportunity.

Shift your focus and let a job find you. Instead of spending all of your time identifying jobs and applying, also think about how to help people who want to hire you, find you. Do this by ramping up your online presence and social networking efforts. In 2012, consider throwing out that old cover letter and start writing unique ones for each job for which you apply. Use your cover letter to provide information about how you're fit for the job; information that isn't available on your resume.

Bring questions to a job interview and make sure they're good ones. Having smart questions will show an interviewer that you are prepared for the interview, and that you're familiar with the company. Follow up after an interview. If you are genuinely interested in the job, send a follow-up note of appreciation. Not only is it a gesture of common courtesy, it's a perfect place for you to reiterate your interest and show the hiring manager why you are the right person for the job.

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