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Vol. 11, Issue 21 - May 21, 2012

How to double your odds of getting a new job Abridged: The Guardian Express

LAS VEGAS, CA -- Consider these helpful tips to double the odds in your search for a job. Carefully read the job posting. Do this for two reasons: It will help you understand what the employer is looking for and it will guide you on how to write your resume. Recruiters are looking for a match as close as possible to the job description.

Have a strong resume. If you're having problems writing a resume, consider hiring a professional resume writer. Whether you write the resume yourself or hire someone, make sure it's clear and to the point. Sign up for work. If you have been eying a company, create an applicant profile by submitting your resume on their website. By doing this, you will be the first in line when recruiters start looking to fill job openings.

Don't stop there. Cover all your bases. Go on to job boards such as Job.com and Careerbuilder, and post your resume there as well. Get to know the company where you want to work by reviewing their website. If you get the interview, make a great impression by showing up on time. Dress conservatively, and be polite. Whether you think the job interview went well or not, you can still improve your chances on getting that job by following up after with a thank you note. This lets the employer know you are interested in the position and makes you stand out among the other applicants.

Cover all your bases & save time! Staff Writer, The Career News

LOS ANGELES, CA -- With so many people currently in the job market or looking for better career opportunities, how can you make sure your resume will be seen? With advancing technology, the internet is an extremely popular resource for posting and finding resumes. But with all the job boards and niche career sites available, wouldn't it be nice if your resume could be found on all of them?

Consider a site that can make that happen. You post your information to their site once, and they distribute it on up to 85 different top career sites! It's called Resume Rabbit and it's so easy to use. Just fill out one simple online form and in just 5 minutes you'll be well on your way to landing that job you've been searching for. There's also a personal posting report auto-login feature that lets you log in to the many sites where your resume is posted in just one mouse click!

Let Resume Rabbit cover your bases and save you hours of filling out forms to post your resume online. Use those saved hours to take the offense in your job search while 1.5 million employers still see your resume daily. Organize your job search and save time distributing your resume with Resume Rabbit today.

Expert tips for using LinkedIn in your job search Abridged: Forbes

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- Here are a number of ways that LinkedIn users can maximize the site's effectiveness during a job search: 1) Use LinkedIn's mobile application. This makes the site easier to use when you're traveling. LinkedIn has also added a handy tool called "CardMunch," that lets you take a picture of a business card with your phone. Then it automatically adds the person to your connection list and sends them a connection request.

2) Make use of company pages. Once you search and find a company of interest, you'll see both first degree connections, who are on your contact list, and second degree connections, who are connected to people you know. These lists present you with instant networking opportunities. 3) Search for people who went to your school. This presents yet another networking opportunity. This would also be a great way to join LinkedIn groups. Groups can be a great way to expand your network.

4) Signal a lay-off. Let the world know you've lost your job. In the "headline," right under your name, make it clear you're available. The headline comes up whenever someone searches for your name, so it's an important label. 5) Add an internship or volunteer work. Internships and volunteer work can augment a profile. If you've organized a fundraiser or have taken an internship in your area of interest, do add that experience to your profile and resume.

Things recruiters look for in every hire Abridged: Forbes

NEW YORK, NY -- As a job seeker you might be overwhelmed by the many things you have to do to land your dream job. But you can break this down into manageable parts. Prepare to answer these 3 questions well, and you'll be a very convincing candidate.

1) Can you do the job? A well-prepared candidate goes through the job description and has specific examples to demonstrate each requirement and job responsibility. Always confirm during your interviews the requirements for the job and expectations from management so you can highlight what the decision-makers are seeking. 2) Can you do the job HERE? You need to know, not just the job, but the company and how that job fits into the overall organization and objectives of the specific company. Research culture in advance and as you select examples to highlight your skills, include examples that match the culture and environment of this particular employer.

3) Can you do the job here NOW? Sometimes recruiters find a talented candidate who is a great fit for the company they are hiring for. However, the candidate's current objectives were not aligned with this particular role or company. The candidate might be interested in more responsibility or needs more support. In addition to proving that you can do the job and that you fit with the company, you have to demonstrate that you want the job right now.

Let a recruiter find you a job! Staff Writer, The Career News

NEW YORK, NY -- When looking for a job, you may want to consider working with a recruiter. 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. When contacting a recruiter send a resume and cover letter just as though you were applying for a job. If a recruiter calls you, always call back - even if you are not currently job hunting. You never know when circumstances might change and you might need job search assistance.

If you don't know of any good recruiters and/or want to instantly have your resume sent to 1000's of recruiters that specialize in people with your skills, we have a suggestion for you! One service, Resume Mailman, can email your resume to 1000's of targeted recruiters. Resume Mailman asks you to fill out some general information and input your resume. Then, your information is delivered to recruiters who specialize in finding jobs for people with your skills, in your area! Give Resume Mailman a try today.

How to find a job that suits you Abridged: The Republic

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Here are some pragmatic tips for young job seekers from job search experts and business owners -- not the "add some zazz to your resume!" or "make sure to wear a power tie" type of advice. Concrete, sensible stuff that fits the modern business world.

If you're looking for a job, you don't want to just take anything that comes along. Find a place that matches your core values. That's a place where you'll be recognized, and that's a place where you'll have a better chance of getting hired. This requires research. Take some time, reflect on what inspires you, talk to people in your industry about what they do and then start finding companies that match your desires. Investigate the company and deeply dive into it and figure out if their personal skills and values line up. Ask about the culture, ask about core values, ask about how they measure your performance.

Along with researching the daylights out of companies, job seekers need to network like never before. Talk to alumni, friends of family, friends of friends, strangers you meet on the street. Given the competitive nature of the job market, you might have to settle for part-time opportunities or contract work at first. But remember, anything you do, whether it's paid or volunteer, provides critical experience and opens more networking doors.

Search top career sites at once & apply with 1-click! 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? To help reduce the time spent searching job ads, try using a job aggregator site to search millions of jobs from thousands of company websites, job boards and newspapers -- all from one place.

The Career News recommends a service called MyJobHunter. With this service, you can search all top career sites at once AND apply to all matching jobs with one click. 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! Supercharge your job search and save time for networking by going to MyJobHunter.

Use the Internet to improve your job search Abridged: Scripps Howard News Service

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - The Internet can be a key resource to improve your job search. Here's how to use it to connect with the right people: Ironically, the best time to prepare for a job search is before you're unemployed. If you've established a solid network of contacts, you won't be scrambling to find them when you need them. But don't despair -- it's never too late to (social) network your way to the connection that might hook you up with your next job.

First, never post negative comments about your past or present employer or co-workers. Second, don't broadcast your newly unemployed status. It's much harder to get someone to connect with you when the only thing driving the connection is your desire for help. If you send out connection requests, be sure to include a personal message with why you'd like to connect -- something other than your hope that the person will help you find employment.

Determine those professional colleagues with whom you've bonded and add them to your social networks. Touch base with these contacts frequently through commenting on their posts. If you stay on their radar, they're more likely to think of you in a positive light when the time comes to ask for a recommendation. Also consider using LinkedIn, a professional social network that allows you to stay connected with colleagues, others in your industry and personal contacts that may know helpful people in your field.

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