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Vol. 13, Issue 30 - Week of July 28, 2014

Way to conduct a secret job search Abridged: The Ladders

NEW YORK, NY -- Don't use company equipment. Your corporate laptop, smartphone, and wifi are all off-limits for your confidential job hunt. Even if you clear your browser history religiously, there's no way to be sure that Big Brother isn't watching you. Put in 100% at your current job. Don't leave before you leave. Tempting though it may be to disengage completely, if you're still collecting a check, you should put in the work.

Don't lie, at least, not more than you have to. Everyone has had the fake dentist appointment that covers a job interview, but unless there's no other way to get time off, don't lean on these excuses. It's far better to take a personal day, if possible, and keep the fibbing to a minimum. Be careful on social media. You'll have to network and using LinkedIn is crucial, but remember to be covert, to avoid the risk of your current boss becoming suspicious. Don't change all your online headlines and bios in such a way that your boss will be forced to recognize that you're looking for something new.

As for posting your resume, you need to be careful. Some job boards and resume posting services will allow you to hide portions of your resume to maintain confidentiality. Before you post your resume to a site, check out the features available. Don't post your current company phone number or email address for your contact information.

Secure your search. Confidentially post your resume 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 job boards and niche career sites. Sure it may take some time, but posting your resume on all the top websites 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 job boards and niche websites 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. To keep your job search secure and confidential and post your resume online with Resume Rabbit.

Use job boards that focus on a particular niche Abridged: Mashable

CHICAGO, IL -- Job sites such as Monster, CareerBuilder, Glassdoor and Craigslist can be invaluable resources for job seekers -- but the competition for these listings can be downright overwhelming. If you're looking for a job in a specific industry, consider researching job boards that focus on a particular niche. Career experts believe that niche job boards allow both companies and job seekers to narrow down the search to highly targeted positions and candidates.

Targeted job boards provide employers and candidates a more effective approach to hiring. The advantage of niche job boards comes down to quality over quantity. Below, is a quick and dirty "dos and don'ts" list for job seekers thinking about utilizing niche job boards in their search.

DO: Research the company to make sure you'll be a good fit, then tailor your resume for each position. DON'T: Just apply for any and every job because you're desperate for work. DO: Follow up with employers and recruiters, and ask relevant questions. DON'T: Follow up constantly and pester recruiters. DO: Include relevant keywords on your resume, so you'll show up more often in recruiters' searches. DON'T: Ignore the advantages of a niche job board. Take the opportunity to get to know your niche fully, and look critically at the opportunities present. It might give you a good idea of the skills you lack or the education you need to acquire to make yourself more marketable.

How to best work with recruiters Abridged: Globe St. News

DALLAS, TX -- You've finally decided it's time to start thinking about your next career move. So, you started putting together your strategy and are wondering how to best work with recruiters. Recruiters are indeed a valuable part of one's job search and overall career management.

Big picture, recruiters should play only a limited, but important, role in your job search and in your overall career planning. But, as part of that strategy, definitely reach out to recruiters, particularly to those who you know are leaders in your industry or niche. Be aware that it's hard for recruiters to keep up with the number of requests they receive from job seekers. So, if you do not fit a current search, either the recruiter will be non-responsive or will send you a note that they're putting you into their database for future searches and to check back periodically. Do not take that as a form of rejection; it's just reality.

Make sure that you have a strong LinkedIn profile and a deep network in your industry to help recruiters in finding you through that vehicle. Every professional should build a long-term relationship with one or two recruiters and maintain them as a two-way relationship. Recruiter helps candidate when needed, candidate helps recruiter when recruiter needs help. Your career is a long-term game and your relationship with recruiters is part of managing your career.

Here's how to find a good recruiter in your industry Staff Writer, The Career News

LOS ANGELES, CA -- When looking for a job, you may want to consider networking 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! To network with recruiters in your industry, give Resume Mailman a try today.

New rules for landing a job in today's market Abridged: Work Coach Cafe

MARLBOROUGH, MA -- You need a LinkedIn profile! It would be unwise to conduct a job search today without one. LinkedIn has become one of the most popular resources to find talent. Think like a marketer and build an online presence through a website, blog, or social media. Promote yourself by sharing content and visuals to generate interest and attract opportunities.

First impressions are lasting impressions. Smile, act and look contemporary and dress for the role you are pursuing or one step up. Make your resume a proposal. This requires you to customize your resume for each company in order to uniquely spell out how you will add value to their company. Rehearse your interview answers out loud. You only have one shot to nail the interview. Your answer should last around 60 seconds. Rambling or spelling out every detail will not win the interviewer over.

Know how and when to negotiate. Almost every job offer has some elements that are negotiable. Be sure you know what's important to you. Don't negotiate anything until an offer has been extended. The competition is tough -- be tougher! Companies want the "perfect" set of skills and people who want those jobs are acquiring the skills. You'll also see job seekers trying new tactics to catch the attention of employers. The bar has been raised and the job search play book has to be updated too.

Make sure you can be found on LinkedIn Staff Writer, The Career News

LOS ANGELES, CA -- Two hundred million users can't be wrong. LinkedIn has exploded onto the employment search scene and is now used across 200 different countries. It has sparked a recruiting revolution of sorts, as many hiring managers search its massive database of prospective employees before even announcing a job opening. Is your profile being found?

If the content within your profile is a simple copy-and-paste from your resume, you could be damaging your chances of landing that dream job. The Career News recommends having your profile overhauled by "LinkedIn Builder", the professional writing service with a rapidly growing list of happy clients. The company will turn your LinkedIn content from passive to powerful in 72 short hours. Here's how: Precise, targeted headline; Conversational summary section with a perfectly social tone; Optimized job descriptions crafted to ensure maximum visibility; 100% profile completeness; Fast, email delivery with easy upload instructions; Downloadable DIY Guide loaded with best practices, LinkedIn insights and how-to tips.

LinkedIn Builder's writers specialize in structuring your online professional profile to effectively chronicle your career, achievements and key skills. Their writers possess the knowledge and cross-industry expertise to link your career aspirations with a smashing online presence. Opportunity is waiting. To land more interviews, get started now on your LinkedIn profile makeover.

Job search tips for workers over 40 Abridged: Kare 11

MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- A resume is not a history book. Your resume should focus your skills and accomplishments while matching the open position. One way to overcome the perception that your age is an issue, is limiting what you include on your resume from a chronological perspective. Avoid the stigma of being considered "too old" by emphasizing accomplishments, not years of experience.

When writing your resume and your cover letters, there's no need to mention every job you've ever had. Limit the experience you include on your resume to the most relevant jobs you've held. Address the Technology Issue Head-On. Your resume must confront any reservations the prospective employer may have regarding your technical aptitude. One concern employers have about hiring older workers is that they haven't kept up with technology. So you should flaunt what you've got in this area, whether it's an impressive list of certifications or a simple mention of office-productivity software training you've undertaken.

Use your Network. Employers often connect with job seekers through referrals. Increase your exposure and be able to sell yourself. Older job seekers tend to know more people. This is a big advantage. Who you know and who they know can make a big difference in getting hired. Whenever you're speaking to friends, family, or acquaintances, ask if they know anyone in a position to hire, or more specifically, any employers who prefer hiring older workers.

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