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Vol. 17, Issue 6 - Week of February 5, 2018

Are you feeling the itch to change jobs? 3 Key tips... Abridged: FlexJobs

BOULDER, CO -- 1) Take Time to Reflect: What are your most important strengths? What are the most important skills you've developed? What other skills do you want to develop? Turn to some of your closest friends and mentors and ask for their feedback on your answers. Getting an outside perspective enables you to identify opportunities you might not have initially considered, as well as strengths and examples you can use during the interview process.

2) Work Your Network the Right Way: Reach out to former co-workers. Set up a drinks date to talk about what they do now, what projects they're working on, and what skills are needed to do their job. Use LinkedIn to find potential people to network with who share a commonality, and ask for their advice about breaking into their field. Ask for recommendations of other people to network with when you're meeting to expand the kinds of roles you might want to pursue.

3) Build Your Own Personal Support Team: To create your support team, consider the different areas in your search where you could use the most support. Once you establish these areas, you can pinpoint people in your life that would fit the role. The more support you surround yourself with, the less painful the job search process will be. Don't think you have to do this alone! Because if a career coach needs help, you probably do, too.

Career Changers: Confidentially post your resume Staff Writer, The Career News

LOS ANGELES, CA -- After deciding to make a career change, the last thing you need to have happen is for your employer to accidentally find out that you're looking for a new job. But there are steps you can take to keep your job search confidential. And while the job market is very competitive right now, there are still millions of jobs being offered by hiring managers who search all of the top career sites. Sure it may take some time, but posting your resume on all the top career sites will give you better exposure than your competition.

If you want the benefit of maximum exposure, but don't want to spend 60 hours researching and filling out website forms, consider letting a service like Resume Rabbit do the work for you. This useful tool helps you organize your search efforts and saves you time, while allowing you to focus on networking strategies. Just fill out one easy form and in about 15 minutes you'll be posted on over 75 top career sites like Job.com, USJobNetwork, CareerBuilder, Dice & more.

If confidentiality is a concern, use Resume Rabbit's confidentiality feature to secure your online resumes. Your resume can be seen, however, no one will see your name, street address or phone number. Whether you do it by hand or use a service like Resume Rabbit, creating accounts on all the best job sites will give you access to millions of jobs and exposure to 1.5 million employers and recruiters daily. Instantly post your resume on all the top job sites, to find a job faster.

How To search for a new job while you're employed Abridged: The Balance

SEATTLE, WA -- Don't Job Hunt on Your Boss's Time: It is very likely you will have to do some job search related activities during business hours. However, this is when you will also be at work, and your boss will be paying you for your time. How should you handle this? Use any breaks you get during the day to make phone calls and respond to email.

Make Job Search Related Phone Calls Away From the Office: Make all calls related to your job search away from your employer's premises. Go to your car or take a walk to a nearby coffee shop that isn't frequented by your coworkers. Schedule Interviews Before, After Work, or at Lunchtime: See if the interview can happen after work. If the prospective employer can only interview you during business hours, take a personal day or if you can schedule several interviews in a week, use vacation time.

Be Careful About What You Wear: Your boss and coworkers will be suspicious if you show up for work wearing a suit when you normally dress casually. Find someplace to do a quick "Superman-style" change into interview attire. Use Former Employers as References: Since you don't want your current boss to know about your job search activities, use a reference from a previous employer instead of your current one.

Quick tips to writing a good cover letter Abridged: Channel 3000

MADISON, WI -- When submitting a cover letter it's easy to fall into the trap of writing a lengthy letter that reads like your resume in essay form. Instead, take a look at these tips to help your cover letter stand out from the competition.

Don't repeat your resume: When writing a cover letter, don't think of it as your resume written out in paragraphs. Since you are already sending your resume along, the hiring manager will have access to your resume. Use your cover letter to describe additional details that you weren't able to squeeze onto the single page of your resume. This is your chance to stand out from the other applicants. Try to show your personality so the manager can get a better idea of who you are.

Keep it short: Your cover letter should be no longer than a page, and probably doesn't need to be more than about half of a page. You don't want to risk having the hiring manager not read your entire cover letter. Instead, keep it short and to the point. Finish on a high note: Make sure the last thing the hiring manager reads in your cover letter is strong. It should be a quick summary of how your experience makes you the right hire for this job.

Use this to craft the perfect 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! What most people don't realize is that a cover letter is really a sales letter. It's your personal advertisement, your first impression, your grand introduction. Additionally 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, practically no one understands 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 that is guaranteed-to keep your phone ringing. 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 - without writing one word, just go to The Amazing Cover Letter Creator.

Tips to help you crush your next job interview Abridged: Forbes

SEATTLE, WA -- Your goal on a job interview is not to impress the interviews, but to figure out whether you want the job or not. If you don't know the answer to a question somebody asks you, that doesn't mean you won't get the job. The more advance preparation you do, the easier and less stressful your job interviews will be.

You won't know as you conduct your research - using the company's own website, Google and LinkedIn - whether you want the job or not. You won't know that until later in the process. You have to conduct your job interview preparation with the assumption that you want the job. If that turns out not to be true, it's okay - you're growing your employer research muscles, and any muscle-building exercise is never a waste of your time.

Your preparation will include these elements: Read the employer's website, paying special attention to their products and services, Management Bios and press releases. What do you imagine is the number one reason the hiring manager was able to get approval to hire a new person? What's the most expensive Business Pain plaguing the hiring manager now? Write down your questions for the hiring manager. Keep in mind that a screening interview with a recruiter or HR person, is very different from an interview with a hiring manager. The recruiter or HR person won't understand the job at nearly the same level of depth the manager will.

[VIDEO] Ace your next interview to get hired faster 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.

Strategic steps to a successful job hunt Abridged: USNews Money

WASHINGTON, DC -- When looking for a job, especially if you're unemployed, it's imperative that every step you take is strategic. The following can help get you started: Secure a local telephone number. Recruiters may be skeptical of applicants who are from outside areas. A local phone number will show that you are committed to the area in which you are applying for work. If you're unemployed, try Google Voice, which assigns free telephone numbers based on the area that you choose.

Use your online persona to your advantage. Make sure that your LinkedIn and Facebook profiles incorporate a balance between your professional identity and your great personality. Market yourself while you are job hunting, and showcase your web-savvy persona with excellent online identities. If you have time, make a website or blog with your professional portfolio.

If you're unemployed, find something productive to do. In an interview, recruiters are likely to ask you what you're doing during an employment gap. Make an effort to improve yourself. Consider learning a new skill by taking courses at a community college. Try learning a skill in your field, or consider a new skill altogether. Whatever you do, be prepared to answer the question, "so what have you been doing?" From a recruiter's perspective, "nothing" is the worst answer possible. Even though job hunting is like a full time job, your life needs additional levels of balance.

Use this powerful job search tool and find a job faster Staff Writer, The Career News

SAN DIEGO, CA -- If you've recently been 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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