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Vol. 13, Issue 39 - Week of September 29, 2014

8 Tips to help speed up your job search Abridged: Forbes

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- 1) Give yourself benchmark targets to reach. Evaluate your job searches at regular intervals: three months, six months, nine months, etc. 2) Simplify your career documents so employers can find you. Always use the same naming format structure - first and last name - for your resume, LinkedIn profile and email address. 3) Keep active and network through volunteering, consulting or contract work.

4) Brag a bit to show you're in demand. If you've been a serious candidate for a few jobs and have received offers, subtly communicate this to potential employers. Hiring managers like it when candidates they're considering are sought after. 5) Don't let them see you sweat. Never give the impression to prospective employers that you're desperate for a job. Desperation is never an attractive trait.

6) Reconsider your options. If you've been out of work for awhile, you should ask yourself every few months if it's time to expand or change your interests. Broaden your geographic parameters. Consider alternate job titles or roles or maybe even an entirely new career path. 7) Be prepared to answer tough interview questions. Never offer an answer expressing anger or spite. The response should convey that you're competent, have a strong work history and are a solid leader. 8) Remember that almost good enough can turn out to be good. Never forget that no job is perfect and a job you've been offered may well be a good next step.

Work smarter and land a job over the competition 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 92 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. Instantly post your resume on all the top job sites, to find a job faster.

3 Tips to recover after not getting the job Ariella Coombs, Careerealism

CHICAGO, IL -- It can be hard to recover after not getting the job, especially after all of that time and effort you put into your research, application, interview, and follow up. The good news is that, even if you didn't get the job, you can come out on top. Here are a few tips:

Step back. Take a deep breath. They didn't say, 'No, not ever.' They just said, 'No, not today.' Realize that a lot of talented people applied for that job, and the fact that you made it to the very end is awesome. Take a step back and put some perspective on the situation. Step up. Show your character, your authenticity and prove that you mean what you said. Send a note thanking them for letting you know you weren't selected. Also let them know you're still interested in working for the firm in the future. Touch base with them every now and then and make it clear that you'll be proactive in your efforts to work there.

It's really easy to say, forget them! Don't let your pride get in the way. You need to push it aside and be the bigger person. Focus on the future - what if another job opens up there? If you really were one of the top choices, they may just call you and skip the hiring process altogether. Wouldn't that be nice?

Want a killer LinkedIn summary to get you noticed? Abridged: The Muse

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- Make sure to include these four things: 1) Engaging and Original: This section is, truly, your playground. You have 2,000 characters to tell your story, in your own words. Take the opportunity to showcase who you are as a professional and what makes you interesting, memorable, and extraordinary.

2) Written in the First Person: LinkedIn is designed to facilitate conversation between people. And it's far easier for visitors to your profile to imagine having a conversation with you when you write the summary in the first person. 3) Angled Towards Specific People: Before you write a single word in that summary, ask yourself this question: Who am I talking to? Answering this question will help you craft a message that showcases you in a way that aligns with your most important audience. How will you capture their attention?

4) Be Clear on What You Want the Reader to Do Next: Spell out to your network and visitors what you're looking to accomplish, and what you'd like for them to do next. Give them a call to action. 5) Don't be afraid to take your LinkedIn summary to places never mentioned. Yes, you want to get the messaging and keywords aligned with your goals and most important audience. But that doesn't mean that your summary has to bore the pants off the universe. The universe needs its pants.

A LinkedIn profile is a must in today's job market. Staff Writer, The Career News

LOS ANGELES, CA - Currently, 88% of the U.S.'s recruiters now tap into LinkedIn to find qualified job candidates, according to a recent report conducted by the site. In short, LinkedIn has become the first, and top, platform that recruiters and HR pros access to do job searches and build their candidate pool. 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 get noticed and land more interviews, get a LinkedIn profile makeover today.

Interview tips: How to make a great first impression Abridged: The Undercover Recruiter

CHICAGO, IL -- Get off to a good start. Everyday, unexpected things happen which set us behind schedule. That's why candidates should not just be on time for a job interview, but to be there 1/2 hour before the interview. Being late to an interview creates a bad first impression. Arriving early will allow you to present yourself as a poised, polished and prepared professional which will help you get off to a good start.

A picture is worth a thousand words. The 'picture' you choose to present to your prospective employer at the interview - through your physical appearance - will go a long way in telling them about who you are. When you're deciding what to wear, take into consideration the company culture and dress accordingly. Wear something that you're comfortable in and be properly groomed.

Smile and the world smiles too. Use your body language to your advantage to project appropriate confidence and self-assurance. Smile when you first meet the interviewer, showing them that you're a friendly and approachable person. Be yourself, be at ease. Most people are nervous when it comes to interviews. This can be a benefit because it shows that you care about the job you're interviewing for. A great way to keep your nerves in check is to project a positive attitude, strive to learn from your meeting and contribute appropriately.

Revitalize your job search and land more interviews Staff Writer, The Career News

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA -- There's nothing easy about job searching. What's especially frustrating for many job seekers is a disappointing response rate. However, it's important to note that a job search is based on a numbers game. For example: If you get your resume in front of 1000 hiring managers, you should get 10-50 quality responses leading up to 5 interviews. If you don't pay attention to 'how' you are sending your resumes, your actions might only serve to put your resume in a pile with hundreds of others - if it even makes it to the pile at all.

Consider a more focused approach to your job search. A search that increases the number and quality of responses by using a targeted list of industries and decision makers who are looking for people with your skills. This new type of search also employs an affordable delivery system that ensures your resume will be seen by the right person. Impossible?

Not at all! We recommend using a service called JobsByFax. This service is simple to use, effective and an affordable way to ensure a more focused and satisfying job search. JobsByFax combines quality and quantity by faxing your resume to potential employers and recruiters. In fact, it's been statistically proven that sending 1000 resumes using JobsByFax can yield from 10 to 50 quality responses. JobsByFax will revitalize your job search and produce quality responses that lead to interviews and even job offers! Take control of your job search and land more interviews by going to JobsByFax.

Resume myths that can cost you the job Abridged: Monster

ATLANTA, GA -- It's All About You: Many job seekers list all of the things they've done, yet fail to focus on critical aspects of what employers are looking for. Successful job seekers first find out what that is and describe their background in those terms.

It Can Only Be One Length: Your resume absolutely can't be longer than one page. No wait, it's one page for every five years of experience. Forget all of that. Instead, focus on including the most relevant information as clearly and concisely as possible. It Can't Contain Any Gaps in Employment: This may have been true before the Great Recession, but it's definitely a myth now. Gaps between employment are much more common these days. Don't let a block of unemployed time on your resume deter you from applying for a job.

It's a One-Size-Fits-All Document: When you're applying to different jobs and different employers, you need different resumes to fit each one. Job seekers in the 2014 workforce are encouraged to target their resumes based on their career fields, job duties and relevant keywords within a job description. It Should Only Include Paid Experience: If you're young and inexperienced or you've been out of work for awhile, showcasing relevant coursework, volunteer experience and community participation can help beef up your resume. Doing so can demonstrate valuable skills, passion and drive.

Receive new job matches every day - automatically! 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.

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