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Vol. 13, Issue 17 - Week of April 28, 2014

Practical and easy tips for the modern job search Abridged: The Undercover Recruiter

NEW YORK, NY -- Pain is part of the job search process. Get used to rejection and learn from it because you're going to experience it a lot. Have a plan before you write a resume. Find targets, not jobs: Your goal is to be a referred candidate or at least learn about opportunities before they are widely publicized. Create a list of companies you would like to work for and use this list to help you research companies and find company insiders.

Job search is all about networking: Networking may be uncomfortable at first, but with some effort and strategic outreach, you can begin building new connections. Explain why a company should hire you: Everything you write and say about yourself is a pitch. It's up to you to explain how a company would benefit from hiring you. Convey your qualifications based on what companies need, not what you want.

Use job boards for intelligence: Don't spend the bulk of your time on job boards. Post your resume and set up job agents that match your search criteria. Use the boards to note required skills to ensure you are using the right terms to market yourself. The secret to getting your resume looked at is being a referred candidate. Always use the two-step method to apply: Step one is learning about a job opening, step two is asking a company insider to refer you.

Update your job search strategy and save time! Staff Writer, The Career News

LOS ANGELES, CA -- These days, to land a job over the competition, you have to work smarter. The hard part is to get your resume read by the right people at the right time. Good jobs aren't on the market very long. To succeed your resume has to be available to the employer the moment they decide to fill a position.

One easy way to be found by employers who are looking to hire someone with your skills, is to post your resume on all the top job sites and niche job boards. This is a proven, documented method of successful job searching. While it may take a fair amount of time to find and fill out the forms of all these sites, you will definitely multiply your chances of landing a job.

If you want all the benefits without all the work, you can let a service like Resume Rabbit do it for you. You fill out one simple form and they'll instantly post your resume on up to 85 top job sites like Job.com, CareerBuilder, Net-Temps, Dice & more. Then you'll be seen by over 1.5 million employers & recruiters daily. It takes ONLY 5 minutes and saves 60 hours of research and data entry. If you need help finding a job over the competition, try Resume Rabbit today.

Don't overlook your soft skills Abridged: CBS Money Watch

MIAMI, FL -- When you're interviewing for a job, it's critical to show you have the hard skills the employer is asking for. After all, who's going to hire an accountant who doesn't know accounting? But a new survey by CareerBuilder finds that hiring managers and human resources people are looking just as closely at your "soft skills."

According to CareerBuilder, here are the top 10 soft skills that managers want to see in candidates: A strong work ethic - 73%; Dependable - 73%; Positive attitude - 72%; Self-motivated - 66%; Team-oriented - 60%; Organized, can manage multiple priorities - 57%; Works well under pressure - 57%; An effective communicator - 56%; Flexible - 51%; Confident - 46%.

It's easy in a resume to list your hard skills, but writing about soft skills can be difficult. Management guru Alison Green, author of "How to Get a Job: Secrets of a Hiring Manager," gives some samples for soft skill descriptions on resumes: Built reputation for working successfully with previously unhappy clients (effective communicator); Became go-to staff member for relaying complicated medical information to patients of diverse backgrounds (team-oriented, flexible). You should go through your resume and see where you can emphasize these soft skills. Don't, of course, just list them, but demonstrate how you've used them within your job.

3 Tips that make a difference with your job application Abridged: Dana Manciagli Blog

BELLEVUE, WA -- If you are applying to jobs over and over and getting no responses, then it's time to change your strategy. Reboot. Take responsibility, stop applying the same way, and change your approach. Here are 3 tips to make a difference with your job applications: 1) Research Before Applying: You may find amazing insights about the company, this particular division, that department, and more by researching on the web. Use these insights in your cover letter and application.

2) Revamp Your Cover Letter: Make your cover letter page one of your resume. Yes, add a cover letter in the same word or PDF file rather than attaching two separate document files. Your new cover letter should look like a formal one-page cover letter and your resume will start on page 2) The new cover letter will only talk about the main skills and experiences you have that correlate to the specifications of the job description. Do NOT simply regurgitate your resume.

3) Highlight Relevant Matches: In your cover letter, highlight the skills and experiences they are looking for, based on the job description. You may even find that you left some important things off of your resume that this position needs. Add them in. Always be 100% truthful, of course. In summary, change your application approach, stand out, and aim to be called for an interview.

Strategy of a successful job seeker 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! Get organized and save time with this job search and apply tool.

Four essential traits to shine and get hired Abridged: Personal Branding Blog

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Strong communication skills: Successful candidates, the ones who get hired, send the right messages and deliver them in a powerful and compelling manner. A candidate first sends these messages with their resumes and reinforces them in their job interviews. Be prepared to answer: "Why should I hire you?" All other messages must support, defend and compliment this main message.

Empathetic: Know and address issues that matter. Show that you've taken time to become an expert on that company and their core strengths and challenges. You can do this ahead of your interview with some basic online research. During your interview show your knowledge of the company and demonstrate that you could fit in the culture and help solve their acute problems. A Good Conversationalist: In an interview, your goal is to build a connection to the other person. Be selective in terms of what you share and how you share information. Be careful to present only the most relevant information about previous accomplishments that would interest a perspective boss. Focus on what you bring to the table that could help the hiring manager achieve their goals.

Empathetic listener: During your interview you'll need to be a good listener as well as a good storyteller. Allow time for a pause before you respond to a question. Never interrupt the interviewer and wait till he's completely through with asking you a question before you try answering.

Video: Sneaky job interview 'trick' for job seekers 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, check out this free video from: The Job Interview Secret.

Building a resume that makes your phone ring Jessica Holbrook Hernandez, Careerealism

CHICAGO, IL -- Use The Right Keywords: A lot of times the first reader of your resume isn't a person at all. Many companies employ resume scanning software to sort through applicants. These programs are simply set up to scan and highlight the resumes that contain the same language as that found in the job ad. This means every time you apply for a job, your resume needs to include the same keywords the employer used to describe their open position.

Match The Qualifications: There was a time when applying for any job for which you were somewhat qualified for was an effective strategy. Nowadays, it's really not. If you have fewer than 95% of the qualifications an employer requires for a particular position, it's probably not worth your time to apply.

Make A Strong Case: Candidates who make a strong case for their accomplishments in their resume and cover letter go straight to the top of the pile. Every time a company advertises an open position, they are bombarded by hundreds of resumes that were submitted with minimal time and effort. If you take the time to customize your resume and compose a cover letter explaining why this is the perfect position for you, your application will be a breath of fresh air to the hiring manager. That's a great way to start the journey toward your new career!

Easiest way to start your own business--free consultation Staff Writer, The Career News

LAS VEGAS, NV -- Have you dreamed of owning your own business but don't know where to start? Franchises are becoming more and more popular as a way for people to buy and own their own business. Here are 4 main advantages to owning a franchise.

First, you're able to operate your own business with the security of working with a large company. Second, the start-up, operations and general business plans are laid out for you with training and support from the franchisor. Third, you reduce your risk due to the success of the franchisor's reputation & experience. Fourth, it may be easier to borrow money to start a franchise than an independent business. If you've been thinking about starting your own business, we recommend a free-consultation with FranChoice, the premier "matchmaker" of the franchising industry.

During your consultation, the consultants from FranChoice will help you identify franchise businesses that meet your criteria based on your goals, skills and preferences. Then they'll guide you through the franchise investigation process and answer all your questions. FranChoice is paid by the various companies offering franchises to help them find suitable matches. So it's free to you and there's no commitment or pressure to buy. To instantly sign up for your consultation, just go to FranChoice.

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