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Vol. 13, Issue 10 - Week of April 14, 2014

Common interview mistakes that cost you the job Dan Morrison, Careerealsim

CHICAGO, IL -- Be better prepared for your next interview by avoiding the following common mistakes. 1) You Neglect Your Cover Letter: There's nothing more important than your cover letter--not even your resume. 2) You Try Too Hard: You should display confidence, but it's important to remember that there's a fine line between confidence and ego.

3.)You Keep Going, And Going: Do not talk over the interviewer. If you catch yourself doing this, don't persist. Stop, let the other person finish speaking, and then try again. 4) You Badmouth Your Previous Employer: No matter how you feel about your last job, check that negativity at the door and come in armed with a more appropriate answer to the question, "Why did you leave your last job?" 5) You Flunk The Salary Negotiation: Mentioning money early on in an interview can cause doors to close. You need to sell yourself before you can set a price.

6) You Lack Enthusiasm About the Job: The candidate who gets the job is the one that does their research, demonstrating a strong desire to do good work for a potential employer. 7) You Don't Explain Triumphs: Show, don't tell. Tell the interviewer a story about how you used a skill to accomplish something for a prior employer. 8) You're Desperate--And It Shows: Over-eagerness can backfire in an interview, and it's often paired with anxious rambling that bores and annoys interviewers.

Land more interviews with this job search tool Staff Writer, The Career News

LOS ANGELES, CA -- With a new job search engine service 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. To make your search easier and land more interviews, try MyJobHunter today.

Should I send LinkedIn invitations to recruiters? Abridged: Susan Wright-Boucher on LinkedIn

SAN DIEGO, CA -- Recruiters need candidates and you need a new job. It's an automatic match made in heaven, right? Not so fast. Not every recruiter will be able to help. Here are some quick tips to get attention from the right recruiters for you. Which Recruiters? Every recruiter has a specific focus or area in which they work. Only target recruiters that handle the location in which you want to be employed.

Once you've identified four or five recruiters who work in your field, it's time to send LinkedIn invitations. First, make sure you have the recruiter's email address. This is very easy to obtain--either from their LinkedIn profile or from the job ads you used to select them. Second, make a note of the type of work they do and how it relates to your career path. Third, is there anything you have in common, such as membership in a LinkedIn group or volunteer activities? Now you're ready.

LinkedIn requires you to identify how you know the person. Select the category that applies to you. If you don't know them, select other and insert the email address. Now for the best part: the personal note. Erase the standard message and insert a few words. You only have 300 characters so be brief. Focus on what's in it for them to accept your invitation. LinkedIn success tip: Engage first as a person - build the business relationship later.

Instantly improve your job search results Abridged: About Jobs

HOUSTON, TX -- Scan your resume. That's exactly what an employer will do. If you don't get a clear message about what you can do for them, then it's not a good resume. Focus on the high return job efforts. Networking has over a 50% effectiveness rate. Start networking by selecting 10 to 30 companies where you would love to work. Do a company search on LinkedIn and identify the decision makers and their staff.

Then, see who you know who may know someone who can make an introduction for you. Follow the company and people on LinkedIn and Facebook, join their groups and conversations, and comment on their blogs and become known. Optimize your LinkedIn Profile. If a recruiter was searching through LinkedIn to find people for the position you're seeking, would you show up? Try it and if you're not on the first or second page, go back to your profile and pepper it with the right keywords to get yourself a higher ranking.

Review your online presence. Make sure you look good on LinkedIn (100% complete profile), review your activity in Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and any other online account. Take down or change any comments that reflect poorly upon you. Create Measurable Goals. Stay disciplined. Focus on high-impact efforts like networking and keep a record of your efforts so if an employer calls, you can quickly determine when and how they were contacted.

Get Noticed: Update and optimize your LinkedIn Profile Staff Writer, The Career News

SAN DIEGO, CA -- Is your LinkedIn profile creating valuable job leads and networking opportunities for you? Are you confused about navigating your way around the site? Don't have enough time to write your LinkedIn profile? In an era where 100% of employers and recruiters tap into LinkedIn at some stage in the hiring process, it's imperative that your profile is professionally written and optimized to its fullest potential.

Optimizing your LinkedIn profile can be a difficult task for a hardworking executive and an intimidating one if you're new to the workforce. Filling in the blanks and hoping you've done it correctly is not a viable approach. It's crucial that your LinkedIn profile is designed by a professional complete with proper headlines and keywords in place. Through the implementation of strategically placed keywords, your skills and expertise will be emphasized, distinctive and easily found by search engines.

The Career News recommends having your LinkedIn profile written or revised by the experts at Resume2Hire. The professionals at Resume2Hire possess the skills, expertise, and capabilities to build a LinkedIn profile that will skyrocket you to the top of the search engine results. You'll have the opportunity to consult privately with a Resume2Hire expert who will methodically define your strengths and abilities, and then strategically revise and optimize your profile to highlight your credentials and achievements. Resume2Hire is the source that will get your LinkedIn profile noticed! Get started on your LinkedIn makeover today .

How to interview with confidence Abridged: Simply Hired

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Here are a few tips on how to interview with confidence: Monitor your speech. One of the biggest factors in exuding confidence is vocal skills. This includes making sure to talk at a calm, slow pace, as well as including thoughtful and deliberate pauses in your speech. Test yourself by reading or speaking out loud and timing yourself to make sure you aren't speaking too quickly or too slowly.

Rehearse! Nothing will make you feel more prepared and enable you to keep your cool under pressure like rehearsing for an interview beforehand. Find as many sample interview questions as you can and write down your answers. Practice your answers in the mirror until you can get to the point where you don't need to read them off the paper anymore.

Do your research. Research on the company and the duties of the position in which you're interested before you go. Your prospective employer will want you to have a genuine interest in the company, and showing you have taken the time to learn about them will demonstrate that interest. Know what you have to offer. Go into the interview knowing that you are the right person for the job because of what you can offer the company. This will not only boost your confidence during the interview but also help your interviewers realize why you stand out from other candidates.

[VIDEO] 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.

How to create your own job opportunities Abridged: Hcareers

NEW YORK, NY -- Contrary to popular opinion, you don't have to wait for an engraved invitation to apply for a job. Sure, you're more likely to land a position for which a company is actively recruiting, but plenty of jobs are awarded without ever having been formally advertised. With the right cover letter, you can tap into needs that a company doesn't even know it has yet. It's a matter of positioning your skills and potential contributions as irresistible.

Get to know your target. Research the company and figure out what they need. Read their website and do research to determine the name and title of the VIP to whom you should address your letter. Figure out your angle. Determine the best way to fit your experience to their needs. The cold-call cover letter is more like a sales letter than a standard issue introduction to a resume, so you'll need to put forth a really compelling "value proposition" in order to catch their eye.

Focus on your assets with a laser-like intensity. Once you've figured out the main point you'll emphasize in your letter, stick to it closely. Your letter should be a short and to-the-point statement that encapsulates exactly what you can bring to the table. Follow up assertively. Don't be afraid to move the process along with a couple phone calls and/or follow-up email. Be persistent and polite, but not pushy.

Free Service: Save job search time with 'job alerts' Staff Writer, The Career News

LOS ANGELES, CA -- A good way to save job searching time is to set up Job Alerts on the job sites you use. Using a Job Alert will ensure you see new jobs as soon as they are posted. In addition, it will save time because you won't have to go back to a bunch of different websites and search as often.

The Career News recommends setting up a "free" ZipRecruiter Job Alert Account. This service makes the job search process fast and easy. Their job search engine produces far more targeted results than ALL of the other alerts out there. They have real jobs! No junk or spam job postings. Active and passive job seekers alike can benefit from their job alerts program. Simply enter your search criteria and start to receive highly targeted job openings in a daily or weekly email. Need to cancel or modify an alert? No problem. It's easy to track, modify and remove job alerts.

If you prefer to be more hands-on, then visit their site to search millions of openings from across the web. There, you can also upload your resume into the resume database so you can be found by employers and hiring managers in your area. ZipRecruiter is the leading provider of job alerts for job seekers and provides tools for managing job search on the web and mobile devices. To get the newest jobs from across the web sent to your inbox daily, sign up for free job alerts today!

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