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Vol. 17, Issue 4 - Week of January 22, 2018

Strategies to land your dream job in 2018 Abridged: Workopolis

BOSTON, MA -- Tailor your resume: Keep your formatting clean and simple. Customize and target your content - which is important for Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS). Highlight your resume with stats and numbers. This showcases your track record, and highlights your potential value to a company with tangible figures that show you were effective in your former role(s).

Don't give up on networking: Networking is no longer about meeting colleagues and exchanging business cards. Networking has become more of a give-and-take practice that not only helps you with your credibility in your industry, but also shows that you have a vested interest in the success of people in your personal network. When connecting on social media, it's no longer about how many contacts you have. What's most important is the amount of valuable, quality contacts you can maintain and interact with on a regular basis.

Work on your personal branding: Personal branding is your reputation in the industry and helps shape what people say and feel about you as a potential employee. It helps you build credibility and sets you apart from the competition when you're looking for your next great gig. To help define your personal brand, outline your goals, values, motivations, and passions. Think about what makes you remarkable as a candidate, and showcase this feature when you set up your social media profiles, and write your resume and cover letter.

Update your job search strategy 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 over 75 top job sites like Job.com, CareerBuilder, Careercast, 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.

3 Common assumptions that kill your job search Abridged: Fast Company

WASHINGTON, DC -- FALSE ASSUMPTION NO. 1: All The Best Job Opportunities Are Outside My Company -- Don't automatically assume this. There could be great opportunities right under your nose that you don't see! Network within. Ask your boss for bigger assignments, especially something with higher-level exposure. The more you broaden your sights within your company, the more opportunities you'll find.

FALSE ASSUMPTION NO. 2: Updating My Resume Is More Than Half The Battle -- To escape this trap, you need to recognize that your resume is maybe 10% of it. The real 90% is knowing yourself - your strengths, weaknesses, passions, and motivations, and how to talk articulately about those things. From there, it requires carefully targeting new opportunities and networking to get warm introductions to recruiters and hiring managers. In other words, a job search is a process, not an event. Give it time, and diversify your efforts.

FALSE ASSUMPTION NO. 3: The Best Jobs Will Come To Me -- The bad news here is that landing the job you really want takes longer than you think and involves a lot more effort. You can network in a way that uncovers opportunities that would never have landed in your lap otherwise. Look at the career paths of people you know with similar backgrounds. Where are they working now? Ask a former boss or colleague where they could imagine you working. Rinse, repeat.

Use LinkedIn to improve your job search Abridged: The Balance

BOULDER, CO -- Complete and Update Your Profile: The more complete your LinkedIn profile, the more chances that you will be found and contacted by an employer. Use your LinkedIn profile like a resume and provide prospective employers with detailed information about your skills and experiences. Creating a catchy headline and detailed summary, including a professional photo, and listing your skills and accomplishments are all ways to enhance your profile.

Find and Use Connections: The more connections you have, the better your chances of finding someone who can help with your job search. Employers look for referrals from their own employees to fill positions before opening up a job to the masses, so someone who is employed at the company or has connections there will have a leg up in referring you as an applicant.

Check Out Job Search Options: You can search for jobs on LinkedIn under the "Jobs" tab. Search for jobs by keyword, country, and zip code. Use the Advanced Search Option to refine your search and to search by date posted, experience level, specific location, job function, company, and industry. Use Recommendations and Referrals: If a job is listed directly on LinkedIn, you'll see how you're connected to the hiring manager and you can request a LinkedIn recommendation from someone you know at the company. These recommendations will help boost your credibility in the eyes of employers.

Get your LinkedIn profile optimized by a professional Staff Writer, The Career News

LOS ANGELES, CA - Currently 88% of U.S. recruiters now tap into LinkedIn to find qualified job candidates, according to a recent report conducted by the site. In short, LinkedIn has become the first, and top, platform that recruiters and HR pros access to do job searches and build their candidate pool. Is your profile being found?

If the content within your profile is a simple copy-and-paste from your resume, you could be damaging your chances of landing that dream job. The Career News recommends having your profile overhauled by "LinkedIn Builder", the professional writing service with a rapidly growing list of happy clients. The company will turn your LinkedIn content from passive to powerful in 72 short hours. Here's how: Precise, targeted headline; Conversational summary section with a perfectly social tone; Optimized job descriptions crafted to ensure maximum visibility; 100% profile completeness; Fast, email delivery with easy upload instructions; Downloadable DIY Guide loaded with best practices, LinkedIn insights and how-to tips.

LinkedIn Builder's writers specialize in structuring your online professional profile to effectively chronicle your career, achievements and key skills. Their writers possess the knowledge and cross-industry expertise to link your career aspirations with a smashing online presence. Opportunity is waiting. To get noticed and land more interviews, get help with your LinkedIn profile today.

Things to bring to every job interview Abridged: Forbes

SALT LAKE CITY, UT -- Extra Resumes: Bring a handful of printed resumes with you to the interview. Notepad, pen, padfolio: Tuck your extra resumes into a padfolio that includes a place to hold papers, a notepad and a place to hold a pen. Bring your favorite pen with you for good luck.

Well-informed questions: You will develop smart and useful questions to ask the interviewer(s) by researching the company you're going to interview with. Read their website and the LinkedIn profiles of their leaders. Do your homework and research the company to learn about what's happening in their industry. Write your questions down beforehand, so you can easily refer to them during the interview.

A Pain Hypothesis: A Pain Hypothesis is an educated guess about the principal reason the company is willing to spend money right now to hire someone. Identify what the companies pain point is. What is the real pain? What would go wrong -- and cost the company money -- if the right person doesn't get hired into this job fairly soon? Your Stories: Prepare your stories before the interview. First, pick appropriate stories that highlight your experiences, and tell yourself the whole story in your mind, to the end. There's nothing worse than beginning a story at a job interview and realizing with horror that the story ends in an embarrassing or less-than-seemly fashion.

[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.

Tips on answering unexpected interview questions Abridged: USNews

NEW YORK, NY -- Job interviews can be nerve-wracking for first time applicants. Needless to say, this is the most crucial skill that an applicant should act on. A job interview is also one of the things that will determine whether an applicant will get the job or not. As stressful as interviews can be, there are still ways to pass them so that you can get your dream job

Before you enter an interview, you need to dress properly. As much as possible, inspect yourself in front of a large mirror for anything wrong with your wardrobe that might be the subject of scrutiny to the employers. You also need to make sure that you turn off your mobile phone so as not to get distracted by it if it rings. Most importantly, before you enter the interview room, make sure that you stay focused and alert.

During an interview, employers often times ask unanticipated questions to test your ability to think on your feet. Even if the employer's question is not necessarily related to work, you have to answer the question based on the underlying concerns that surround the question. It's important to keep your cool as there are some employers who will really throw "below the belt" questions at you. After all, during the interview, it's important to sell yourself without appearing foolish in front of the interviewers. Be prepared and remain calm.

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 multiple job posting sites.

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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