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

3 ways to get a better job in 2018Abridged: 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.

Other Articles in This Issue:

Your new year's goal: Get a new job

Work smarter and land a job over the competition

Biggest job search mistakes made last year

LinkedIn hacks to boost your chances of getting a new job

Get help finding a recruiter in your industry

[VIDEO] The secret to acing your next job interview

Tips for landing a job this year

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