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Vol. 11, Issue 06 - February 6, 2012

Organize your job search and networking efforts Abridged: Standard Examiner

OGDEN, UT -- If you haven't already done so, it's time to organize your job search and networking efforts, even if you are currently working. Don't wait until you're unemployed to start your networking! A good place to start organizing and carrying out your networking efforts is LinkedIn. Many employers will check your LinkedIn profile and even Google your name before asking you for an interview.

The best approach to maintaining a good professional online brand is to control your content and the privacy settings on your LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter accounts. All of these websites are sensitive to protecting your privacy, but you must control that privacy yourself within each website. To help organize your job search efforts and better manage your career, also consider utilizing online job tools and career websites to assist you. Many of these online job tools organize your job search efforts by storing your resume, cover letters and accomplishment statements -- as well as many other features specifically designed to manage your career.

There's a some controversy about companies that charge the job seeker for even the lowest level of service, such as TheLadders.com. Obviously, if you believe you're getting a worthwhile service, paying a small amount is a wise investment in your career. As you organize your job search and networking efforts, there are a number of great online job tools and websites to help you. If you end up deciding to pay for a specific service, you may be one step ahead of the competition.

Save time, organize your job search & land a job faster Staff Writer, The Career News

CARLSBAD, CA -- 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 and niche job boards 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 85 top career sites like Job.com, CareerBuilder, Net-Temps, Dice and more.

If confidentiality is a concern, use Resume Rabbit's new 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 get your resume posted confidentially on all the top career sites and niche job boards, just go to: Resume Rabbit

Job search lessons learned from the Oscars Abridged: Business Insider

LOS ANGELES, CA -- Last week, the Academy released this year's nominees for the 84th Academy Awards. Anxious celebrities will gather, and some of you at home will tune-in to see the glam and ceremony of the red carpet, the lengthy acceptance speeches, and a film montage or two. As someone who writes career advice, here's a list of things that any job seeker can learn from the Oscars:

Be open to surprise. Every year something new or unexpected happens at the Oscars. In your job search, expect the unexpected. You never know where your next boss or dream job might come from! Dress to impress. The red carpet is where all the stars put on their very best threads. In your job search, have pride in your appearance and have one clean professional interview outfit ready. Know your role. Actors know that they're actors, and directors know that they're directors. In your job search, know your role. What can you contribute to the success of the whole team?

Respect tradition. The Academy Awards have been going on for 84 years now. Films, actors, and movie makers are held to the same criteria. In your job search, recognize that traditional job search methods still hold true. Resumes, cover letters, and thank you notes are still the gold standard. Be grateful. Oscar winners attempt to thank everyone who helped them. In your job search, never neglect to thank the people who helped you. Be grateful to them and show them you care by writing thank you notes, emails, or even a phone call.

Internet makes job searches much more complicated Abridged: Times Herald-Record

MIDDLETOWN, NY -- Before the Internet, the typical job search seemed so straight-forward and basic. Craft a resume, peruse the classifieds, seek out a recruiter, apply for the job and wait for the follow-up call or letter. Alternatively, the job seeker might even hand-carry a resume directly to the corporate employment office and perhaps even speak to a real person. Now, the job search is transitioning from paper resumes to online resumes.

Job search components now include online professional profiles like on LinkedIn.com, social networks, resume postings on job boards, use of job search engines, blogs and even video resumes. With the diversity of online resources now available for both the job seeker and hiring manager, make sure you're putting your best face forward. Bear in mind, any competent hiring manager will perform due diligence by verifying your reputation online before inviting you in for an interview. It's a good idea for all job seekers to make sure that there are no online blunders that just might embarrass them. 1 photo = 1,000 words.

An online name check can reveal substantial and potentially damaging information about any job applicant. Such information may include speeding tickets, your blog posts, lawsuits, bankruptcy, custody issues, etc. This information could raise an eyebrow by any hiring manager. Disparaging comments or images can easily compromise your reputation. Being proactive is important for monitoring and managing your online identity to ensure that your image has not been tarnished. Remember, if you can see it, so can a hiring manager.

Job search engine helps you beat the competition Staff Writer, The Career News

LOS ANGELES, CA -- With a new job search engine called MyJobHunter, you can search all top career sites at once & apply to all matching jobs with one click. Just enter your search criteria, review the matching jobs and select the ones you want. Then, click a single button and you'll instantly apply to all selected jobs with your resume and cover letter (without having to log into each job site separately).

Click another button and you can automate the whole process! MyJobHunter can remember what you searched for, search for it again each day, and AUTOMATICALLY APPLY FOR YOU to new jobs matching your criteria. Review jobs in advance or put searching & applying on auto-pilot. The choice is yours.

You'll also get an application history report that makes follow-up a breeze! It shows the jobs you were applied to, full job descriptions, employer contact info, and application dates. You can even add personal notes to each job! This service is proven to reduce hours of job searching and resume submitting to just minutes. Simply upload your resume, enter your job search criteria and let MyJobHunter take it from there. For more information visit MyJobHunter.

Practice your interview techniques in a mock interview Abridged: US News Money

NEW YORK, NY -- Not everyone is automatically comfortable with job interviews. In fact, many people find them nerve wracking and are extremely nervous about the entire process. If you find yourself among those who are nervous about the prospect of going through a job interview, ask a friend to sit down with you and conduct some mock practice interviews. Have a set of questions that are typically asked at interviews for them to ask you -- and practice your answers. The more often you go through this process, the more comfortable you'll be during the actual interview.

Before the interview, make sure you research the company. Frequently, when you go to job interviews, you'll be speaking with managers who are experienced with the company. If they have a company website, read it thoroughly. Find out what kinds of products or services they offer and learn about their company history. It can also be helpful to find out who the company principals are and learn little bit about their backgrounds and management style.

Besides the company profile, also look online and see if you can find out additional information about the company. For example, find out if there are published forecasts about upcoming products or if there have been company profiles published in leading magazines, trade publications or industry websites. As you go through your job interview, answer questions in a way that demonstrates your knowledge of the company. Ask questions about upcoming products and the future growth of the company.

Ace your next interview and 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.

First impressions: A negative attitude can hurt you Abridged: CareerBuilder

PHOENIX, AZ -- One reason interviews cause job seekers so much anxiety is the need to make a favorable first impression. Although qualifications make up the bulk of the hiring decision, employers are also looking at the kind of attitude you display to determine whether or not you'd be an asset to the organization. Lauren Milligan, host of the business radio show "Livin' the Dream," advises job seekers to temper any negativity they have involving their previous jobs.

"During an interview, a common question posed to the candidate is, 'What problems did you encounter in your previous job?' A negative employee will use this time to talk about their boss, co-workers, job functions -- anything that didn't sit quite well with [him or her]," Milligan says. "Don't do that! A positive employee will see this question as a chance to talk about a difficult situation and how they turned it into a good experience."

The cliched business advice of bringing your boss solutions, not problems, is actually true. "Negative employees think of how problems affect them while positive employees think of how they can solve a challenge," Milligan says. Of course, maintaining an upbeat attitude for 30 minutes or an hour during an interview is far easier than fighting off grumpiness every day. You'll probably have to vent once in awhile because some days will be bigger pains than others. Habitual negativity is a problem because it can quickly become your trademark and overshadow any accomplishments and job skills you possess.

Instantly subscribe to industry and trade publications Staff Writer, The Career News

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