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Vol. 11, Issue 17 - April 23, 2012

Advice for those thinking of a career change Abridged: Dromore Leader

NEW YORK, NY -- With spring now upon us, some people may be thinking that it's time for a change of career. Here are some useful tips for those thinking about a change of direction in their working life, trying to decide on a career for the first time or facing unemployment or redundancy.

Maybe you find you don't enjoy work as much as you used to and wonder if you are on the right path. Perhaps you've gone as far as you can in your current career and feel the need for further challenges and development. It could be that you're just fed up, asking yourself, "Do I like where my job and my company are headed?" For some, it could even be that you've been unemployed for a while, feel stuck in a rut and need help with your job search.

In all these cases, the most important thing is to think carefully. Don't leap before you look! Especially if considering changing careers, take it slowly and make sure that you really want to change careers as the grass always appears greener on the other side--but may not be. Remember that career change is a natural life progression. Most studies show that the average job-seeker will change careers, not jobs, several times over the course of his or her lifetime.

Confidentially post your resume online Staff Writer, The Career News

SAN DIEGO, CA -- When you don't want your current employer to find out that you are job hunting, there are steps you can take to keep your job search confidential. The last thing you need to have happen is for your employer to accidentally find out that you're looking for a new job. 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 85 top career sites like Job.com, CareerBuilder, Net-Temps, Dice and 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 career sites will give you access to millions of jobs and exposure to 1.5 million employers and recruiters daily. To confidentially distribute your resume, go to Resume Rabbit.

Turn your resume into a pitch for a job interview Abridged: MoneyWatch

CHICAGO, IL -- Can you deliver a clear, articulate, and thorough overview of your skills and value to a prospective employer without rambling on for minutes about the details of your work history? Not many people can. If you're in the same boat and struggling with this, you're doing it wrong. And you're missing out on an opportunity to impress the interviewer.

Recently, Forbes explained how to turn your resume into an elevator pitch that you can deliver in just 30 seconds. The article hits the nail on the head: In essence, you want to create the equivalent of a set of bullet points on a PowerPoint slide that zero in on just the things in your resume that are of interest to an employer.

When you get face to face with an interviewer, think about answering questions about your background in the same terse way. Start by filling a whole page with what you want to say to a hiring manager. Cut that down to half a page. Keep cutting until you get to a quarter page. Then pull out three bullet points that give a snapshot of your career. Bottom line: When an interview says, "Tell me about yourself," it's an opportunity to distill your background down to the most valuable skills for the role. This is an opportunity to put your best foot forward and stand out from the crowd.

Secrets to job search success Abridged: The Undercover Recruiter

DENVER, CO -- Create a targeting strategy: In order to make a job search effective it really helps to be clear about who and what you are targeting. This means being clear about what type of company you are looking to join, what type of role you want and in what industry. Harness your network: Knowing the right people can get you places. Take a harder, deeper look at your network and connections. Consider working with a recruiter in your industry. Be creative about it and don't be afraid to ask for help.

Interview preparation: Interviews can be a scary thing for some of us. Do your homework! Read up on the company and the role. Make sure you know who it is that is interviewing you and what to expect in the interview. Know what you want: Spend time getting clear about what you want to do, what you will enjoy, where you want to work and what you want from that role to be fulfilled.

Know your value: In order to articulate and communicate your value well, you must first know and believe in your skills and talents yourself. So learn about yourself. Evaluate yourself. Get to know what you are good at, what you can do, what your skills are, what you are an expert in, what your strengths are and what you can bring to an organization.

How to get 10 interview calls in 72 hours Staff Writer, The Career News

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA -- There's nothing easy about job searching. What's especially frustrating for many job seekers is a disappointing response rate. However, it's important to note that a job search is based on a numbers game. For example: If you get your resume in front of 1000 hiring managers, you should get 10-50 quality responses leading up to 5 interviews. If you don't pay attention to 'how' you are sending your resumes, your actions might only serve to put your resume in a pile with hundreds of others - if it even makes it to the pile at all.

Consider a more focused approach to your job search. A search that increases the number and quality of responses by using a targeted list of industries and decision makers who are looking for people with your skills. This new type of search also employs an affordable delivery system that ensures your resume will be seen by the right person. Impossible?

Not at all! We recommend using a service called JobsByFax. This service is simple to use, effective and an affordable way to ensure a more focused and satisfying job search. You'll have instant access to information on thousands of companies and their decision makers. JobsByFax combines quality and quantity by faxing your resume to potential employers and recruiters. In fact, it's been statistically proven that sending 1000 resumes using JobsByFax can yield from 10 to 50 quality responses. JobsByFax will revitalize your job search and produce quality responses that lead to interviews and even job offers! Take control of your job search and land more interviews by going to JobsByFax.

Want to know how to get a job by summer? Abridged: Snagajob

GLEN ALLEN, VA -- If you're trying to get a summer job, the clock is ticking. Want to know how to get job by summer? Here's a shortlist of stuff you need to do to secure a job by summer.

  • Start searching now. Employers are starting to hire now. Unless you want to compete for whatever jobs are left when everyone else gets out for summer break, do yourself a favor and look for the right jobs, right now.
  • Focus on your strengths. Completely flexible schedule? Social media savvy? People person? Highly organized? Make sure potential employers know it. Even if you haven't had a job before, you have strong points as an employee. If you are having trouble figuring out what they are, ask your friends and family for input.
  • Present yourself well. Having an error-free job application and showing up on time and well-dressed to interviews is no longer a way to stand out, it's a way to make sure you don't get eliminated up front. There is a lot of competition for jobs, don't give employers any reason to overlook you, or they will.
  • Don't just search, ask. Make sure your family, friends and anyone else you can think of knows that you're looking for a job. You never know when knowing the right person will lead to a job. And if you had a job last summer, your last job should be your first stop; many managers are happy to hire an employee whom they know and won't have to spend time training.
  • Job search engines help job seekers find work faster Staff Writer, The Career News

    LOS ANGELES, CA -- Are you tired of going to several job sites every day and having to search 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 solves all that!

    First, MyJobHunter will instantly search all major job sites at once for jobs matching your requirements. Next, 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 before the competition! Try it now at MyJobHunter.

    Tips for finding a job out-of-state Abridged: The Boston Globe

    BOSTON, MA -- Question: I'm considering moving out of my local area to secure a new job. Are employers willing to deal with a potential employee not in the area yet? Answer: You can do some job hunting from afar. Some recommendations:

    Get on LinkedIn and start connecting with colleagues, friends, neighbors, alums, etc. Join some groups on LinkedIn. When joining groups, look for groups in your target areas to join. Also join groups that are geared to your profession. Connect or re-connect with any personal or professional contacts that you have in your target areas. Search the job boards. Many job boards allow you to restrict your search to a certain geographic area.

    When you write your resume and cover letter, explicitly state that you plan to re-locate at your own expense. Often times when a recruiter reads a resume with an out-of-state address, there is a question of whether this candidate would need relocation assistance. Consider getting an online phone number in your target area -- especially if you are out of the country. If possible, plan a trip or two to your target areas. Try to schedule several face-to-face meetings during these trips and make as many new connections as you can. Lastly, send a thank you note or email to everyone who is helpful to you during your search. Don't burn any bridges. Be persistent without stalking.

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