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Vol. 13, Issue 29 - Week of July 21, 2014

Investments you should make during a job search Abridged:

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- Educational Courses: Investing in your education is great way to make yourself more marketable. If you don't already have a bachelor's or master's degree, consider making this a goal. If you're in a broad industry, complete a certificate program. Taking the time to improve your current skills will give you a boost in this competitive job market.

Personal Career Coach: Advancing your career doesn't have to be a one man job. Forbes suggests investing in a career coach to increase your commitment level, improve your direction and help you hold yourself accountable. Reliable Transportation: If you live in a city, get familiar with the public transportation system. If not, it might be time to start thinking about investing in a car or other mode of transportation. Being able to get to and from work every day is something your future employer will expect from you.

Professional Appearance: Invest in some new attire that fits well, is up to date and makes you feel great. Schedule regular haircuts and strive to maintain healthy habits. Looking good will help you feel more powerful and confident in an interview. Online Presence: If you have a professional online profile but find yourself needing more exposure, think about investing in your own professional blog or website. If you'd rather invest in your existing online accounts you can upgrade to a LinkedIn Premium account, which puts you at the top of searches and labels you a Featured Applicant.

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, 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.

Secrets to a successful summer job search Abridged: Seacoast Online

PORTSMOUTH, NH -- Here are some secrets for landing a great summer job that could be your ticket to a full-time position: Most employers who are hiring project-based support are looking for specialized knowledge. Make sure your resume specifically lists any specialized skills. If you don't spell it out, you're likely to get passed over. Find a temporary agency, or two. While some companies hire temporary staff on their own, the vast majority use a staffing agency. It can't hurt to visit more than one agency to expand your options.

Take advantage of industry-specific associations that have job boards. Do you have nonprofit experience? Are you a legal administrator? Check out your state's association of legal administrators. Contact your local unemployment center. Agencies and employers alike utilize unemployment centers to find qualified applicants. This is a free service that often gets overlooked.

Be flexible. Companies hiring summer help are generally looking for flexibility, both in schedules and your ability and willingness to be a team player and help out wherever you're needed. Once you get an interview scheduled, make sure you're prepared. Even if it's a temporary position, remember the pool of candidates is likely to be larger in the summer, which means even stiffer competition. In fact, although the increased number of available summer jobs has remained steady, the number of job hunters has risen. Do your research, have questions prepared and be ready to impress.

5 things to bring to a job interview Abridged: Pro Resume Center

MILWAUKEE, WI -- 1) Your resume. Use high-quality resume paper and make sure your ink cartridge is full before printing. Conduct additional research on the company, the department, the hiring manager, and/or the general state of the industry before the interview. Your research may prompt you to adjust your resume to better fit the position and company.

2) A cover letter. It will add value if you have a copy with you. Find out the name and title of the people you'll be interviewing with and customize your inside address and salutation. Create a fresh, brief introductory message that emphasizes your enthusiasm, interest and value you'd bring to the position. 3) Your references. Ensure you include the necessary reference information to make it easy for the reader: name, company, title, direct phone line, and email address.

4) A strategic plan. Arrive with a strategic plan that will further "wow" the employer. For example, if you're applying for a sales manager role, your plan may cover these three things: One, an assessment of the current situation. Two, steps you'd take to begin turning the ship around. And three, measurable objectives you will meet by the end of that time period. 5) Your portfolio. Portfolios add value, especially for graphic artists, other creative folks, and sales professionals. For example, a salesperson's portfolio may include testimonial letters and emails from bosses, clients, colleagues, and vendors along with colorful sales charts or graphs showing your success.

Search smarter with this job search engine 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 tool.

6 Traits all great entrepreneurs share Abridged: Fox News

CULVER CITY, CA -- Confidence: Belief in oneself is a universal characteristic of serial entrepreneurs. You must believe in yourself, and believe in your vision. Your doubts cannot overwhelm your core beliefs. Self-motivation: You must be motivated to work toward the realization of your vision, and that motivation should come from within. Other people cannot push you to greatness. If you need constant kick-starting, your chances of success are greatly reduced.

Tenacity: Successful entrepreneurs don't lie down in the face of adversity. An honest evaluation of your ability to triumph over adversity and to follow through when staring at hardship is necessary before you embark on your entrepreneurial journey. Understanding limitations: Be able to view your own abilities objectively and know when to listen to others. If you stubbornly refuse to listen to other viewpoints, or insist on doing things yourself that can be done better by those with a more suitable skill set, you are steering your enterprise toward failure.

A healthy disrespect for the rules: Illicit risk-taking behavior is a common trait among entrepreneurs, and that translates into the ability to defy conventions that stand in their way. Great entrepreneurs are willing to cross lines that some people are not. Willingness to fail: Successful entrepreneurs fail, but then they start over and try again. Rarely is a huge leap taken without huge risk. An entrepreneur has to be able to objectively weigh risk and reward, and take the risk when it makes sense.

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.

Don't make these assumptions when job searching Abridged: Huffington Post

NEW YORK, NY -- Applying for a job in response to a job posting is the fastest way to land a new job. Bad assumption: In studies of many different career experts, networking and employee referrals are the top sources of people hired into a company. The reason? The employer is not hiring a complete stranger and someone who already works for the company can vouch for the person.

The job is currently open. Bad assumption: For many job boards and employer websites, the jobs are posted in a timely manner, but removing them is not done as quickly when the opportunities are basically closed. For job boards, the client may have purchased a 30 day or 2-week posting, and the job will remain visible until the time frame has ended. Typically, the resumes submitted the first few days form the pool from which the ultimate "winner" is chosen. So make sure you are setting up job search agents, and submit your application before the competition.

The job posting is for a job that is open with an employer. Bad assumption: Unfortunately, many job postings are fictional, or, at least, they're not really open when they are posted. The reasons are varied from benign through annoying to scary, but all of them are a waste of the job seekers' time: Recruiters testing to see interest, Recruiters collecting resumes for future use, employers fulfilling the "public" posting requirement before hiring the candidate who has already been selected.

[Free] Business and trade magazines keep you up-to-date Staff Writer, The Career News

SACRAMENTO, CA -- The economy and technology is constantly evolving and changing. For this reason, it can be difficult at times to stay up to date with information in your industry. However, staying informed is important for a number of reasons. If you work in a technological environment, then it's important to stay up-to-date with changing technology simply to be able to do your job. If you work in the service industry it's important to keep your finger on the pulse of what's hot and what's not. Reading trade publications and business journals also makes you more marketable to potential employers.

So 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. First search by publication title, industry, or geography. Then, pick the magazines you want, fill out a brief online subscription form and press submit. It's really that easy. Sign up for your free business and trade magazines today.

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