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Vol. 11, Issue 18 - April 30, 2012

Networking your way to a new job or career

CHICAGO, IL -- Networking is the number one job search strategy and the best way to learn about jobs. As a professional, you should develop a substantial network. The main objective of networking is to make professional connections to build a pool of people resources to assist you throughout your entire career. Begin the networking process by making a list of all of your professional contacts, and then consider the following:

If you're hunting for a job, let everyone know you are looking. The more people who know, the better off you will be. Develop a broad list of "connectors" who open doors to other people who might be hiring authorities or job lead providers. This includes obvious and not so obvious contacts through family, friends, former fellow employees, former fellow students and teachers, career advisors, headhunters and recruiters.

Meet with career mentors and advocates who serve to motivate, give candid advice about job searching, and provide recommendations. Join online communities utilizing social networking sites like LinkedIn. Talk with various local organizations for opportunities to connect and gain experience that's valuable to an employer. Attend business socials. Join a job club in your area. Utilize corporate and college alumni networks. Once you have a job opportunity you're interested in, check to see who you may know at the company. You never know who might be able to give your candidacy a boost.

Network your resume on all the top career sites Staff Writer, The Career News

SAN DIEGO, 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 and niche job boards. Sure it may take some time, but posting your resume on these career sites will give you better exposure than your competition. Are you ready to think outside the box and update your current job search strategy?

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 and niche job boards will give you access to millions of jobs and exposure to 1.5 million employers and recruiters daily. To use the strategy of a successful job seeker and land a job faster, go to: Resume Rabbit.

Kick-start your job search Abridged: Hearst Seattle Media

SEATTLE, WA -- Here's your job search kick-start. It's a new week, a beautiful day, and it's a good time to look at your job search objectively. Are things slowing down? Do you feel like you're just going through the motions? Here are some ideas to get things back on track.

Are you visiting or networking? Take a few minutes to look back over your last few networking conversations. When you were done, what did you learn? If you're not adding information, it's time for a change. Ask who you could talk to for more information. This broadens the conversation. Negative thoughts grow into barriers. What are you thinking ... literally? Negativity brings your confidence down. If you're feeling negative, call up a positive friend and spend your time with upbeat people.

You may be concentrating too hard on your search. I'll bet you thought that couldn't happen! Trying too hard can get in the way of results. You need balance in your life. Schedule relaxation into your job-search plan. Avoid magical thinking. Magical thinking goes like this: If you wish for a good job opportunity -- but you don't take the initiative in your job search -- something good will happen. Are you wishing for something to come along without doing the work to make it happen? If so, spend some time evaluating your efforts, and get back on track.

Many workers itching for a career change Abridged: Monster

NEW YORK, NY -- It turns out that a majority of workers believe that the grass really is greener somewhere else. That's the finding of a new poll, which found that 55% of global workers were considering a career change because of the current economic situation. An additional 30% of respondents said they would consider a change if they could find a better career.

In the United States, 56% of workers responded that they were trying to change careers. "There are many types of career changes, with some people making a career 'sidestep,' moving into a new kind of role within their current industry, while others may be making a more radical change," Charles Purdy, Monster.com career expert, said. "Before considering a change, workers need to do thorough research, making sure they have realistic expectations and a concrete plan for filling their skills gaps."

Even though many workers are currently looking to make a change, Purdy thinks workers should always be focused on a career change, regardless of economic standing. People considering a career change should also reach out to their networks and consider conducting informational interviews. "All of us should be actively managing our careers and making sure we're on top of developments in our chosen industry. At the same time, employers can work to retain employees by offering incentives such as training and skills development," Purdy said.

This job tool gives you the competitive advantage! Staff Writer, The Career News

LOS ANGELES, 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 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! Get the competitive advantage and save more time for networking! Just visit, MyJobHunter.

Are you preparing yourself prior to the job interview? Abridged: Times Herald-Record

MIDDLETOWN, NY -- When preparing for an interview, take some time prior to your meeting and learn about the company and the position you've applied for. Conduct a deep-dive analysis of the employer. This includes information about their products, services, history, financial health, key opportunities and challenges, people and recent news items. You should be well-versed in what the firm is about and where it's going.

Know what the job requirements are and how they relate to you. Make sure you understand how your experience and skills relate to the job requirements. Try to reach some contacts. Do you or anyone in your network know somebody at the firm? Find people who can give you more information on the job, the company and/or the hiring manager. Show that you're ready to start. Prepare a 1-2 page summary of how your experience, skills and knowledge relate to the needs expressed in the job ad. This is your talking document during the interview. It's also a "leave behind" document that talks about how you would approach the position.

Ask good questions. These questions should be developed from the research you do. You work hard to get an interview, and when it happens, you need every advantage you can find. Employers are more impressed with people who they can visibly see have spent some time preparing themselves. It's a way to differentiate yourself from your competitors.

Interview Secret: Automatically stand out from the crowd Staff Writer, The Career News

SAN DIEGO, 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.

Department of Labor makes $20 million in grants available Abridged: Newswire

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of approximately $20 million in grants to fund cooperative agreements that will improve educational, training and employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. These grants represent the third round of funding through the Disability Employment Initiative, a joint program of the Labor Department's Employment and Training Administration and its Office of Disability Employment Policy.

"These grants are a wise investment in America's greatest resource, our nation's workers," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "The mission of the programs awarded under these grants will be to improve services for people with disabilities so they can more easily and effectively participate in the workforce."Grants will be awarded to state workforce agencies, which will collaborate with local workforce investment boards.

Programs supported by the grants will build upon the Labor Department's Disability Program Navigator Initiative and other models of service delivery strategies. The department anticipates awarding six to 10 grants, ranging from $1.5 to $6 million, to be spent over a three-year period. The complete solicitation for grant applications is available at http://www.doleta.gov/grants/find_grants.cfm.

Free Trade Magazines: Stay on top of your game! Staff Writer, The Career News

LOS ANGELES, CA -- Whether you're looking to move up or move on - reading business and trade publications lets you move right in to the job of your dreams. They keep you sharp, well informed, articulate and in-demand. It's no secret that keeping up with the news and trends of your industry or profession (as well as that of your clients') will give you the competitive edge you need. And now, you can get your trade magazines without having to pay for them.

Through a special offer from The Career News, you can instantly get a subscription to practically every leading industry and business publication. It takes only a minute to search the website to quickly find the magazines matching your skills and interests.

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