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Vol. 11, Issue 03 - January 16, 2012

New Year, New You: Jump start your career search Abridged: Business Insider

CHICAGO, IL -- Begin 2012 with a new outlook on your career search. In order to do so, start with figuring out who you are and what career you are meant to do. Let's start off your New Year career path on the right foot. Here are some tips to get you started: Know yourself. Take a few personality and career tests. If you're feeling stuck in your job, or just want a change, use these tests to find out what motivates you, and learn about opportunities in other professions.

Explore passions. Think about what you look forward to doing and what you spend your free time on. Figure out how to match who you are with an employer's requirements. Develop a plan of action to obtain the career that's best matched to you. Then start working on how to actually gain employment with a company that works for you. Here is what you will need to do first:

Create your new resume showcasing your skills, experience and qualifications. Set your career goals and implement a clear action plan. Think about where you want to be and what steps you need to take to get there. Pump up your confidence and know your worth. If you don't believe in you, why would anyone else. Apply Apply Apply. Make the application process your full-time job. Prepare for interviews with the proper research and develop your interview skills. Are you ready to start 2012 off with a career search that will take you where you want to be?

Jump start your job search & beat the competition! Staff Writer, The Career News

LOS ANGELES, CA --Many companies are currently searching for qualified candidates to fill their open positions necessary to achieve their 2012 business plans. 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 career sites and niche job boards. As soon as an employer needs someone, this is one of the main places they look. While it's not the only job search activity you should pursue, it is a documented and proven method of more successful job seekers.

If you want all the benefits without all the work, you can use the resume posting service from Resume Rabbit to do it for you. You fill out one simple form and they'll instantly post your resume on up to 84 top career sites and niche job boards like CareerBuilder,, Net-Temps, Dice & more. You'll be seen by over 1.5 million employers & recruiters daily. It takes only 5 minutes to complete and saves 60 hours of research and data entry. Jump start your job search today and beat the competition with Resume Rabbit.

Is it possible to land a job using Facebook? Abridged: The Undercover Recruiter

NEW YORK, NY -- Here are two ways to use Facebook to get hired. 1) Networking: Most of your, friends, family, colleagues and business partners will be on Facebook. We can assume that recruiters, hiring managers and prospective new employers are on Facebook too. This gives you a unique opportunity to network yourself to whoever is hiring at the moment.

Many people expect to get contacted via LinkedIn, but Facebook is not a professional network, and therefore contacting somebody professionally could actually help you stand out from the crowd. As long as you tread carefully, this tactic will work. Let's say you identify a company that's recruiting, now find out who the hiring manager is. Then check for friends or friends of friends in common, in order to get referred to people working for the company. Contact this person with your best spiel and take it from there.

2) Status Updates: Update your Facebook status with your current job situation and what you're looking for. Friends, family, old colleagues, acquaintances are all there to help you. You'll be delighted at how much support you'll get. Bear in mind that another human trait is forgetting, so keep updating your Facebook status and give them the latest on your job hunt efforts. If you're on Facebook anyways, why not turn it into something productive. Add it to your social media job searching strategy along with LinkedIn and Twitter. Another weapon in your job hunting arsenal is not going to hurt.

Social media not your thing? Abridged: Newsday

MELVILLE, NY -- If social media is not your thing, it could be hurting your job search. Allie McCormick left her full-time PR position to be a stay-at-home mom. Once she was ready to get back to work, she posted to Facebook that she was looking for a job. "My status was along the lines of 'Allie McCormick is officially job hunting. I have 10+ years of experience in PR and marketing and am overall awesome [smiley face],'" she recalls. McCormick says she received several messages instantly. "Within four weeks, I had interviewed formally with three companies and had two offers on the table," says McCormick.

Social media, also referred to as social recruiting, is on the rise. And if you're not familiar with it, you had better get to know it soon. Social media is where the employers are and where they're investing their time. In a recent study by Jobvite, an online recruiting website, 55% of employers said they plan to increase their investment in social recruiting. 87% of them are already using LinkedIn for recruiting and 95% hired a new employee from their LinkedIn recruiting efforts alone, not to mention Facebook or Twitter.

Additionally, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that up to 85% of career opportunities go unadvertised, which means that you have to use your network. Word of mouth and friend referrals are huge [in a job search]. It is still often who you know, not what you know, and social media helps you to know a lot more people and find those unadvertised job opportunities.

Recruiters often know about unadvertised jobs Staff Writer, The Career News

LOS ANGELES, CA -- One of the first steps towards your job search process is to make a list of resources and people who you can contact to expedite your search. The smarter and better you can network now the faster you will land a job. These days job seekers should spend 60 to 70 percent of their efforts on networking. Let everyone know you're out of a job and available for work. People like to help, but they can't help if they don't know you're looking. On average, 80 percent of job openings aren't advertised at all. Therefore, working with a recruiter and networking may be the only way to hear about them.

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.

If you don't know of any good recruiters and would like to have your resume sent to recruiters that specialize in people with your skills, Resume Mailman will instantly email your resume and cover letter to 1000's of targeted recruiters. You can even get a list of the recruiters they forwarded your resume to for follow up. To get your resume into the hands of the right recruiters visit Resume Mailman.

Temporary hiring expected to grow in 2012 Abridged: CareerBuilder

CHICAGO, IL -- The recent employment report indicated, unemployment levels are beginning to drop. But, in the new economy new research shows many job-seekers looking for a full-time position might have more luck finding a temporary job. A new survey from CareerBuilder found that 36 percent of companies will hire contract or temporary workers in 2012, up eight percentage points since 2009.

The good news is that many of those temporary positions could turn into full-time jobs, with 35 percent of the companies surveyed planning to eventually hire their temporary staff on a permanent basis. The search for temporary workers will begin immediately for some companies, with more than a quarter of those surveyed expecting to do their hiring in the first quarter of the year.

Eric Gilpin, president of CareerBuilder's Staffing and Recruiting Group, believes temporary jobs are playing an increasingly important role in the country's economic recovery. "Our studies have pointed to a rise in these positions post-recession as companies address growing market needs," Gilpin said. "Employers are relying on temporary and contract workers to support leaner staffs, and in many cases will transition those workers to permanent full-time roles." Based on data from CareerBuilder's Supply and Demand Portal, staffing and recruiting positions in demand now include occupational or physical therapists, maintenance technicians, mechanics, network engineers, administrative assistants and customer service representatives.

How to find part-time and temporary jobs safely, easily! Staff Writer, The Career News

SAN DIEGO, CA -- There's only so much time in the day, as the saying goes. If you are one of the millions of people burning the candle at both ends by trying to earn a living and raise a family, you know it can be hard to find a work-life balance. It's a common challenge because historically it has been very difficult to find jobs that are both legitimate and offer some flexibility.

Thankfully, this is changing, and online job site is at the forefront. FlexJobs brings legitimate, flexible, part-time, temporary and telecommuting jobs -- as well as the work-life, economic, and environmental benefits they offer -- to the people who want them. Every single job on their website has been hand-screened by their staff as both legitimate AND having some level of telecommuting option.

So if finding a job that allows you to work-at-home or have a flexible schedule sounds good to you, check out FlexJobs ASAP! They provide their service for a low-cost membership fee, which is worth it in our opinion because they remove ALL of the scams, ads, and too-good-to-be-true business opportunities and just show you great, qualified job leads. Oh, and they offer a full money-back-guarantee if you're not satisfied for any reason - which helps too. Find part-time, temporary and telecommuting jobs safely, easily and quickly at: FlexJobs.

Reasons why it's a good idea to start a business at home Abridged: Demand Media

HOUSTON, TX -- People choose to start home businesses after retiring, because of a job loss or when they stop enjoying the corporate life. Others want to spend more time with their family. Whatever the case, starting a home-based business can be a good option. It provides the owner with the best of both worlds--being able to balance work and home life.

Starting a home business can be ideal for families with dual incomes and small children. A home business also eliminates lengthy commutes to and from the office. Instead, the owner can spend the extra time managing various aspects of her business. Having a home business can keep expenses down. Instead of paying rent for an office or small shop, many home business owners work out of a spare bedroom or den. Also, home business owners can usually deduct most of the supplies and equipment they purchase on their tax forms.

Home businesses do not require as much capital to get started. The business owner can build his business at a gradual pace, while still earning income from another source. He can then leave his job and become a full-time business owner when sales start taking off. Owning a home business gives a person an opportunity for professional growth, using skills in which they excel while working at something they love. For example, a web designer can acquire additional skills, such as business and marketing skills, that he may not have developed while working for someone.

Learn how you can start your own business--free consultation Staff Writer, The Career News

LAS VEGAS, NV -- Have you dreamed of owning your own business 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 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 free-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. To instantly sign up for your consultation with a franchise expert, just go to FranChoice.

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