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Vol. 13, Issue 10 - Week of April 21, 2014

Ways to keep your job search secret Abridged: Benzinga Online

SOUTHFIELD, MI -- So you're actively searching for a job while still going to work for your current employer every day. More than likely, you want to be discrete about your search. Here are a few strategies. If you have to go to an interview during your regular workday, take a personal day or do it during lunch. If your boss gets a call, let them know that you're always considering the next step up the career ladder.

Change your LinkedIn privacy settings and turn off your activity broadcasts. Don't hint to anyone about your job search online or in social networks. If you're networking with others, especially friends, let them know that you're keeping your search under the radar and to not post. Keep your online resume secure and confidential and don't list your current employer. Your resume should show limited personal information. Many job sites have a confidentiality feature so be sure to use it.

Be up front at your interviews. Hiring manager understand that the process has to be confidential. If they ask for a reference from your current employer, explain the situation and you would be happy to provide that reference at the point of an offer. Try to refrain from counteroffers. Employers aren't thrilled with candidates who go back and forth over salary offers. A great way to open discussions after you have received an offer is to ask for a meeting to discuss further.

Confidentially post your resume on all the top job sites Staff Writer, The Career News

LOS ANGELES, CA -- You've decided to take the leap and look for a new job. But where do you start? While the job market is very competitive right now, there are still lots of jobs being offered by hiring managers who search all of the top career websites. Sure it may take some time, but posting your resume on ALL the top job 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. With this service, you fill out one easy form and in about 15 minutes you'll be posted on up to 85 top job sites like CareerBuilder, Job.com, Net-Temps, Dice and more.

If confidentiality is a concern, use Resume Rabbit's 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. Post your resume today to find a job online.

How to help your job search in 5 minutes Abridged: The Work Buzz

NEW YORK, NY --You may not think you have enough time to make progress in your job search. But if you've got five minutes, you can move your search forward with any of these actions: 1) Replace the objective statement at the top of your resume with a branded headline that conveys your value to the reader.

2) Connect with your network. Contact at least one person from your network with whom you haven't spoken in over a month. Pick up the phone, too - don't rely on emailing. 3) Update all your social profiles. Make sure your LinkedIn profile is 100% complete. 4) Conduct research and get a basic understanding of the company.

5) Make your voicemail more professional. Remove ringtones and silly voicemail recordings. 6) Prepare for the interview. Make up a list of the questions you do not want to be asked; then answer them in the company of a friend. 7) Contact and join a local professional industry association. 8) Clean up your resume and remove irrelevant experience. Pick and choose your relevant experience, and tailor it to the job you're applying for. 10) Stay organized. Create a master list for all the jobs you apply for. To do this, create an Excel spreadsheet that contains a row for each job you apply for. Update it as you proactively apply for jobs.

3 Tips for securing a 6-figure job Jessica Holbrook Hernandez, Careerealism

CHICAGO, IL -- 1) A Polished, Professionally Written Resume: If you want a company to pay you at the highest end of their salary scale, your resume needs to be far better than the average one they examine. Investing in a resume written by a certified professional reflects a commitment to quality in everything associated with your name.

2) Product Demonstrations: (When the product is you!) Stay engaged with your professional network. Whether this involves presenting at conferences, participating in alumni activities, or offering your expertise through an online blog - the more people who have direct exposure to your skill set, the more people who will be willing to take a chance on paying you the big bucks.

3) Electronic Portfolios: With video capabilities being a standard feature on many cell phones and digital cameras these days, it's easy to demonstrate your skills to potential employers. While your audience at a conference workshop may be only 20 people, setting up a camera in the back of the room allows you to share your expertise with anyone who can download a file. Envision your polished, professionally written resume with hyperlinks to articles you've written and videos of presentations you've given. Next to being good buddies with the CEO, it's hard to compete with that.

Free Critique: Get your resume reviewed by an expert Staff Writer, The Career News

LOS ANGELES, CA -- You've got terrific experience. Your work ethic is superb. You're even willing to be flexible on salary. But after sending your resume to countless, perfectly matched management opportunities, you're just not getting the interviews! Why? It may be hard to believe, but there's a good chance your resume is the culprit. With the average employer spending less than 30 seconds scanning each resume they receive, your resume needs "The Right Stuff" to grab attention and get the interview.

What is the Right Stuff? To find out, The Career News arranged for its subscribers to receive a free-resume-critique and price quote from a certified professional resume writer, specializing in resumes for management level job candidates.

You'll not only find out what's right with your resume -- but more importantly, if it is actually preventing you from getting interviews. While the critique is free-and-valuable, you'll also learn how a professional writer might successfully re-vamp your resume and refine your job search strategies -- and exactly what that would cost. This may just start making you money quicker than you think! Get your free-resume-critique by a professional resume writer today.

Cover letters: still crucial when job searching Abridged: Arkansas Traveler

FORT SMITH, AR -- Applying to a job without a cover letter is like baking a cake and not putting frosting on it. Yes, you want to eat the fluffy cake part, but the best part, and the one that attracts you to eating the cake, is the luscious-looking frosting. An applicant with a cover letter is that cake with the alluring frosting.

It's the first-impression part of applying for jobs and it showcases your personality and passion for the job you're applying for. A resume simply states experience and skills. It doesn't highlight why you worked at a Company XYZ and how you worked your way up. Hiring managers are looking for a candidate who has both passion and ability. Your goal in your cover letter is to let the reader know how this job is the perfect fit for what you do and what you're good at doing. Hiring managers want to know why you would be a crucial part of their team. They want to know what it is about you personally that makes you a qualified candidate vital to the company's success.

Having an impressive resume is always important. However, cover letters are more than ever, crucial when job searching. It's the only way a hiring manager will distinguish you from the hundreds of candidates they come across.

[Video] Free cover letter video for job seekers Staff Writer, The Career News

LOS ANGELES, CA -- A perfectly-written cover letter can be more important to your job search than your resume! What most people don't realize is that a cover letter is really a sales letter. It's your personal advertisement, your first impression, your grand introduction. Additionally a brilliantly worded cover letter is the easiest way to assure your resume is the one, amongst a stack of resumes, that actually gets read. The best part is, practically no one understands this fact. So having a great cover letter is almost like having an unfair advantage.

As a matter of fact, the vast majority of your competition simply "throws" together any old cover letter just so they have something to attach to their average resume. As a result, most cover letters do nothing to land the job interview. In fact, hiring managers often make a decision to interview from a well written cover letter alone -- before even reading a resume.

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8 Traits you'll find in every fearless job seeker Abridged: Business Insider

AUSTIN, TX -- Why is it that some people just seem to effortlessly climb the career ladder? You know these folks we speak of: They always know how to dazzle during an interview, and they have a knack for nabbing that prime position before it's even posted. What's their secret? According to the authors of "Fearless Job Hunting: Powerful Psychological Strategies for Getting the Job You Want," these are people who have mastered the job hunt by not only honing their skills but also building up the psychological know-how to get through a sometimes soul-crushing process.

We tapped two of the book's coauthors--Bill Knaus, a psychologist who specializes in personnel selection, and Russell Grieger, a psychologist and organizational consultant--to find out what makes such so-called fearless job hunters tick. Based on their research, Knaus and Grieger have pinpointed eight key traits that they say make these job seekers so resilient--and a hiring manager's dream.

1. They Accentuate the Positives
2. They Identify Their Hang-Ups
3. They Have Passion and Purpose
4. They Pressure-Proof Themselves
5. They Network, Network, Network
6. They Always Do Their Homework
7. They Convey Confidence, Not Arrogance
8. They Learn From Each Letdown

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