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Vol. 11, Issue 02 - January 9, 2012

Tips for landing a new job in 2012 Abridged: USA TODAY

LOS ANGELES, CA -- Position yourself as a thought leader in your industry. Create a professional blog and write insightful posts about industry trends and advice. Comment on other top blogs to increase your visibility within those communities. 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.

Get your name out there and get noticed! Staff Writer, The Career News

LOS ANGELES, CA -- You've decided to take the leap and look for a new job this year. But where do you start? While the job market is very competitive right now, there are still lots of jobs being offered by hiring managers who search all of the top niche job boards and career websites. Sure it may take some time, but posting your resume on ALL the top websites 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. With this service, you fill out one easy form and in about 15 minutes you'll be posted on up to 85 niche job boards and career websites like Job.com, CareerBuilder, Beyond.com, Dice and more.

If confidentiality is a concern, use Resume Rabbit's confidentiality feature. 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 career sites will give you access to millions of jobs and exposure to 1.5 million employers and recruiters daily. To maximize your exposure and get noticed this year, try Resume Rabbit today.

Why are men getting jobs that women usually dominate? Abridged: Tampa Bay Times

TAMPA BAY, FL -- There's a flurry of stories out there suggesting the "mancession" which targeted men's jobs so aggressively is now favoring men in what little hiring is happening. A recent USA Today story says that men are claiming more than two-thirds of the private-sector jobs created as the economy recovers. Nearly 1.28 million men gained jobs in the 12 months that ended in November, compared with 600,000 women, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Institute for Women's Policy Research found that men disproportionately lost jobs early in the recession, from April 2007 to February 2010. Women began losing jobs in April 2008 and have seen fewer jobs created during the recovery. Other analysts point to economic timing as a factor. Education and health care jobs are now getting cut, and those are the jobs that have traditionally employed females. Workers are dropping out of the labor force in droves, and they are mostly women. But they are not dropping out forever; instead, women are postponing their working lives to get more education.

So what does this all mean? More men are getting jobs traditionally going to women in part because fewer women currently are competing for those positions. And, of course, the longer-term message is more women will be better educated and trained to lead in the coming years as men forgo college, higher degrees or more specialized training. For now men, be glad there are more job opportunities of any kind out there to grab. But don't forget to upgrade those skills whenever possible.

A few 2012 job market predictions Abridged: About Job Searching

NEW YORK, NY -- Now it's all about mobile and using social networking sites to job search. If you are an unhappy employee, as the job market continues to pick up in 2012, here are some 2012 job market predictions to consider: Prediction #1: A favorable online identity will be key to employment success. With social networking playing an increasingly key role in the employment process, it's important for job seekers to clearly identify which networks they want to participate in and mold their online identities accordingly. 90% of recruiters check social networks before hiring a candidate, which means that your online persona should properly represent you and show that you're the right person for the job.

Prediction #2: The explosion of mobile usage will continue to grow in 2012. The ever-increasing use of smartphones means people are foregoing traditional networking avenues in favor of connecting digitally. 77% of job seekers are already using mobile apps when searching, and this figure will undoubtedly rise in the coming year.

Prediction #3: The "unhappy employee" group of job seekers will begin seeking better pastures. The recent economic downturn caused people to take positions that weren't necessarily ideal, simply because they needed a job. As the economy improves and unemployment rates decrease, more people will look to change jobs that make them happier. Though this group has always existed, their numbers are expected to grow since the number of underemployed is much higher now than in previous years.

How to save time while job searching Staff Writer, The Career News

SAN DIEGO, CA -- Are you tired of going to several job sites every day and searching each one separately? Do you dread submitting your resume & cover letter over and over for every job you apply to? Do you find it difficult to keep track of where you sent your resume for future follow up? Now a new service called MyJobHunter.com solves all that and more!

Here's how it works. First, MyJobHunter will instantly search all major job sites for jobs matching your criteria. You'll review a list of job matches and put check marks next to the ones you like. Then, press a single button and your resume is sent to the jobs you selected. It's that simple! They'll even personalize your cover letter with each job application. Login any time to review jobs applied to and even add follow-up notes on each one.

Check out these other great features. Don't want to forget keywords that generated perfect jobs? Try the "Saved Search" feature. Want MyJobHunter to find & apply to jobs for you? Turn on "Auto-Apply" and your resume is automatically sent to new job matches every day. You'll never miss an opportunity and your resume gets there first! To start searching smarter and save time for networking, visit MyJobHunter.

Tips for staying competitive in the job market Abridged: Chicago Now

CHICAGO, IL -- Here are some useful tips for staying competitive in today's job market: Stay abreast on happenings in your industry. Read business and trade publications and stay up-to-date in your area of interest. This is essential to create value for yourself. Knowledge is power and it will make you a stand-out in your field. Create a hit-list of those that are major players in your industry. Create a plan to meet a few key players in 2012. Surround yourself with the leaders in your industry.

Learn how to use social media effectively to get the most out of LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. Spend more time building your online brand and becoming a resource to your network and followers. People are addicted to Facebook, so make sure you have interesting information to share with them. Join organizations that are pertinent to your industry. Get involved with these groups. This includes LinkedIn groups which are easy access to meet people in your industry, with no cost.

Spend time creating and perfecting your personal image. Take a look in the mirror. Is the image you see what you want a potential employer to see? Would you hire you? If not, spend time on creating a new look for yourself. Image is essential. These tips are something you will need to continually do throughout your career! Competition for well paying, enjoyable jobs is increasing as we become a world economy. Don't miss opportunities as 2012 begins to offer more chances for employment.

Get hired faster with these interview tips! 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.

Need a new job search strategy for the new year? Abridged: US News Money

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Companies are hiring, but you need to stand out from the crowd if you want to win an interview, and ultimately, the job. As with anything related to job search strategies, there are many correct approaches; it's up to each job seeker to identify an authentic, strategic way to conduct their job search. Sometimes, this may require stretching your comfort zone and taking a risk. Many career experts believe getting aggressive this year can help job seekers. Here are some suggestions to be more assertive in your search:

Narrow your list to your highest-priority targets. Then call, fax, email, show-up, court the gatekeeper, bring lunch and network with the contacts around them. Worried it might be too much? Don't be afraid of being too aggressive. When possible, get referred in. If a hiring manager is interviewing someone who was referred and endorsed by someone they have respect for, the interview is very different than the one who came from an online posting and a resume.

Do the unexpected. Research all the people in the organization. Take that list and run it by your entire network. Search every name against your LinkedIn database. Find a few people to connect with. Talk with them and ask them to put in a good word for you. If you're facing 2012 thinking you have done everything you can do to land a job and it has not been successful, you may want to try these techniques to give yourself an emotional jump-start.

How to easily crank out a perfectly-written 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.

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