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Vol. 17, Issue 5 - Week of January 29, 2018

5 important job search lessons to learn Judy King, The Muse

CHICAGO, IL -- 1) Update Your Online Presence: Being a somewhat tech-savvy person, I had a LinkedIn profile. But too many people have ones that are lackluster or outdated. If that's you, place this at the top of your to-do list. Both recruiters and hiring managers use the site to find and screen candidates.

2) Always Network: Periodically touch base with your professional contacts. Be memorable by sending a personal note and an interesting article. Extend your network by asking your contacts to connect you with theirs. Follow-up with a thank you note. 3) Make it Easy for People to Help You: If you're asking someone to refer you, give them everything they need, so they can simply send along your details. So, if you're applying to a role at their company, this includes the job name, job number, your resume, and bullets outlining what skills and experience you'd bring that match the requirements for the role.

4) Refine Your Elevator Pitch: Be clear about your objectives. What are your areas of expertise? What type of role are you looking for? Zero in on one thing you want the other person to come away with. 5) Practice Self-Care: Unreturned emails, closed doors, and rejection all sting. But, it happens to pretty much everyone. So, be kind to yourself: go the gym, meet friends, and see a movie! That stuff may seem frivolous, but it'll help you feel happier.

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.

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Entrepreneurs: Before taking the leap, consider this... Abridged: The Business Journals

CHARLOTTE, NC -- 1) Starting your own business requires more time and work than you think. For whatever reason, it's often harder than you imagined. In addition, the work is never really complete. There's always more ways you can grow your business. 2) You must be persistent. It's okay to fail. Experiencing failure allows you to make adjustments and improve. Being determined and knowing how to fail forward -- or move forward in a positive way -- helps to make these failures opportunities to learn.

3) Tune out the negativity. Develop a support system that encourages you to push yourself and encourages your ideas and your journey. You need people in your corner to silence the negativity. 4) Focus on the big picture, while still focusing on the details. For many companies, the details matter the most in becoming successful. Addressing the small details can make a huge impact and will allow you to focus on the bigger picture.

5) Learn how to delegate. Creating a team that can assist you in moving tasks forward and getting projects completed is important. This allows you to focus on the bigger picture items. 6) Lead by example. While your team is working on the here and now, you should be actively working several months ahead of the company. This helps you anticipate what's next, and forge ahead making advance preparations to pave the way for the company to be successful.

Solid reasons to quit your job in 2018 Abridged: The Motley Fool

SEATTLE, WA -- You Know You Are Not Getting Paid Your Worth. While money shouldn't be the only factor dictating where you work or what job opportunities you pursue, it's a big one nonetheless. If you know that you're being underpaid at your company, or that there's no chance of getting a raise, then it makes sense to leave your current role and sink some time into finding better-paying opportunities elsewhere.

There's No Room for Upward Mobility at Your Company. If your company truly doesn't offer growth opportunity, then the last thing you want to do is resign yourself to a dead-end job. The longer you stay in the same exact role, the more frustrated you're likely to grow. It pays off to pick up and leave - well before reaching that point.

You Want to Work for Yourself. Entrepreneurs and Freelancers now make up more than 35% of the total workforce. There are many benefits to going this route. For one thing, you'll get to call the shots and be your own boss. You'll get the opportunity to take on assignments that are interesting and meaningful, to you. If you're tired of working for somebody else, and think you have what it takes to thrive as a self-employed freelancer or business owner, then that's reason enough to start mapping out a plan and strategy to get you closer to your career goals.

Free Consultation: Easiest way to start your own business 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 successful 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 a complimentary consultation with a franchise expert today.

Job seekers: Make sure recruiters can find you Abridged: Payscale

NEW YORK, NY -- Every job seeker should be working to get the attention of recruiters in their industry. A good recruiter can be your fairy godmother of jobs. A bad recruiter might struggle to understand what you do and what types of opportunities you are actually seeking, but your patience can result in new opportunities.

The first step is to post a master resume on all the top career and industry related career sites. Ensure that your resume features exact keywords and terminology used in your industry for maximum searchability. Uploading a searchable resume to career sites - puts you in front of 1000's of employers and recruiters'- searching online for qualified candidates.

Putting some work into your LinkedIn profile is crucial to attracting recruiters in 2018. Eighty-seven percent of recruiters use LinkedIn to source or vet job candidates. Complete as many profile sections as possible, be extremely thorough and to the point. Always include your most relevant accomplishments and measurable results. Your headline should include your a strong job title so you are found easily in search results. Recruiters use complicated Boolean searches to surface candidates with specific combinations of skills, so sprinkle your headline, summary, and work experience with skills and keywords specific to your qualifications and industry. Don't give up on conventional job search methods. Upgrade your search strategy by also positioning yourself for success in the hidden job market. You never know where new opportunities could be revealed.

Here's how to tap into the hidden job market 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! To tap into the hidden job market, get your resume delivered to recruiters in your industry today.

Maintaining financial stability after a job loss Abridged: Emporia Gazette

EMPORIA, KS -- Reassess your financial situation: Review your recent bank statements, current portfolio and upcoming financial obligations. Then, prioritize future spending. Maintain momentum on key financial goals. Be sure to make saving what you can a good habit. Understand your severance package: Your deal may include several paychecks, reimbursement for unused paid-time-off, sick days, or stock options, among other possible sources of income. Consider reviewing the terms with a trusted attorney or financial professional.

Use your emergency fund: If you have a healthy emergency fund, give yourself permission to dip into it. It can be challenging to watch money flow out after diligently building your savings, but doing so can help you meet financial obligations. Avoid dipping into your retirement accounts: It's important to maintain your dedicated savings. Borrowing or withdrawing money from a 401(k) is taxable, and will also incur a 10% penalty fee. You could also miss out on months worth of compounding and potential market growth that can be challenging to make up.

Consider tax implications: Losing a job - and finding a new one - can affect your taxes. Severance pay, unemployment compensation, payment for accrued vacation or sick time and other financial benefits from your employer may be taxed. On the flip side, costs related to your job search are often tax deductible. Consult a tax professional who can help you determine what to expect for this year's tax return.

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