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Vol. 13, Issue 34 - Week of August 25, 2014

What's the best time of year for job hunting? Abridged: Boston Globe

BOSTON, MA -- The short answer to this question is "whenever you need one." However, the different seasons can impact a job search. Here are some reasons: Summer - For some companies, the interview and hiring process slows down in the summer, particularly in late summer when staff take vacations. However, there are some businesses and industries that experience their busiest periods during the summer, and other organizations adopt a "while it's quiet, I'll focus on recruiting" mentality.

Fall - Many businesses jump into gear after Labor Day and focus on getting things done that lagged in the summer. This is a time that they may be more focused on reporting their financials, not leaving much time for courting new staff. Winter - The holidays are not only distracting and encompass more vacation and travel time, but may also involve office closures for many companies. Weather can also be a factor, making it difficult for offices to schedule meetings for interviews.

Spring - In weather-related industries, such as construction, tourism, and hospitality, spring is when hiring peaks. It can also be a productive hiring period for companies that are focusing on new initiatives. New graduates entering the workforce brings more competition. No matter the season, there are exceptions to every rule. Understand the business cycles that are affecting the industry you'd like to work in and adjust your job search efforts accordingly.

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

LOS ANGELES, CA -- With the job search engine 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. Visit MyJobHunter, to search all job sites at once and apply to matching jobs with just 1-click.

How to find a job in another state Abridged: Parade Magazine

NEW YORK, NY -- Job seekers across the country are showing a strong interest in moving their job search across state borders. Is it time to expand your job search to new horizons? Then you might want to consider the following tips to help you with your search:

Create a targeted list of employers. Research each company and analyze their pros and cons. This will help you narrow down your options and help you create a targeted job search. Use a job search map. In July 2014, Glassdoor launched an interactive job search tool, Job Explorer. This tool features an interactive map where job seekers can find out which states have the highest demand for specific jobs. Attend conferences in your industry to meet potential employers. This gives you the opportunity to network with hiring managers and recruiters who could set you up with opportunities around the country.

Plan a trip for your job search. If you have a particular state in mind where you'd like to work, plan a mini business trip. Schedule informational interviews with employers and recruiters and even line up some job shadows. You can also schedule your trip around networking events and, if you're lucky, secure some real job interviews. Join networking groups in your desired location both online and off. Search LinkedIn for professional groups within your industry or in cities where you'd likely land a job.

7 Tips for acing the initial phone interview Abridged: USNews Money

MIAMI, FL -- 1) Don't be so available. Reduce your chances of being frazzled and unprepared. Let the call go to voicemail and return it within 24 hours. If the recruiter reaches out to you via email, respond with your availability to schedule a call. 2) Review the job description. Peruse details of the job so you can speak articulately about why you're a fit. Review your resume so you can talk specifically about your experiences and how they match the company's employment needs.

3) Call from a quiet location. Do it on your terms. Call from a conference room, your car or after hours at home. Set aside at least 30 minutes to speak without any interruptions. 4) Learn about the company. Know what business the employer is in. Check out the company's website and social media profiles to eyeball why it may have recently been in the news.

5) Be timely with tests. Some positions require a test as part of the screening process. If a test is involved, set aside quiet time to focus and complete it as soon as possible. 6) Be transparent. Make it easy for the recruiter to say yes to your candidacy. Be both flexible and transparent with your availability. 7) Be enthusiastic. Let your enthusiasm shine! Build rapport without coming across as needy or desperate. Express interest in the company, and ask about the next steps and a potential time frame.

[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 the perfect cover letter Abridged: Business2Community

SACRAMENTO, CA -- Cover letters are tricky things to get right, and even tougher to get your prospective employer to sit up and take notice of you. Here are some tips on creating the perfect cover letter: Address the correct person within the company. Impersonal openings like "Dear Sir/Madam" or "To whom it may concern" will just make the employer view you as lazy.

In your introduction, clearly state which position you're applying for. State where you saw the job advertised and outline the additional documents you've included in your application. Keep your introduction straight and to-the-point. Focus on what makes you unique. Think of all the candidates who will say they have degrees in their cover letter - there are a lot of them and nothing about that stands out! Focus on the things that make you truly unique that will spark the hiring manager's interest, and include these in your cover letter.

While unique qualities are important, also make sure they're still relevant to the role. Look at the job requirements and highlight the top three strongest, most relevant qualities you possess in your cover letter. Show why you're applying for the job and why you want to work for this particular company. Do a bit of research into recent news about the company. Referencing this news in your cover letter as a reason you want to join the company will show that you've really done your homework.

Check out this new 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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5 Tips to fill employment gaps Abridged: Come Recommended

CHICAGO, IL -- Learn: Do some research and learn where your unique skills and experience fit best, and how they create a competitive advantage for you in the job hunt. Websites like LinkedIn, GlassDoor, and company websites can help you gauge how things have changed since you last worked.

Assess: The job search requires a great deal of self-evaluation. As a worker, who are you? What do you have to offer prospective employers? If it's been a while since you worked, how has the industry changed? Figure out what skills make you a competitive applicant and which ones are irrelevant. Re-build: If you haven't been job seeking in more than a month or two, you'll need to rebuild your job search tool kit. Look at your resume, your portfolio, your online social networks, and even your professional wardrobe.

Join the conversation: Job seekers should connect with their peers and important people in the industry to score job leads and advice. Join one or more social networking sites like LinkedIn and Twitter. Make connections with people in your industry. Join a conversation and you could be talking to your next boss! Start off slow: If you've been out of work for a while, you don't want to overwhelm yourself with everything at once. Make a list of all the things you need to do in your job search and consistently knock one or two off the list every day.

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