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Vol. 13, Issue 41 - Week of October 13, 2014

Improve your job search odds. Try a specialty site! Abridged: Los Angeles Register

LOS ANGELES, CA -- Big job boards such as Monster, CareerBuilder and SimplyHired are like department stores, offering a little something for everyone. But a little something isn't always enough, especially if you're looking for a job in a specific field or location. While it's still recommended to cover all your bases and post your resume to the big job boards, experts recommend focusing your time on the industry specific ones.

If the big boards are department stores, specialty boards are boutiques. What they lack in size, they make up for by catering to the needs of a specific audience. Some of these niche job boards have job listings that only members of a professional organization can access. Most, though, are open to the public and free for all job seekers to use. When visiting specialty job boards, familiarize yourself with the guidelines they've posted before applying for open positions listed there. Some employers will toss out an application if the person didn't follow all the instructions, says Stacy Brooks, human resources manager at OneOC, which runs a job board for Orange County nonprofits.

Additionally, don't apply to every job a company has listed on a specialty job board. It doesn't show you're really interested in that position, just that you're looking for ANY job. It also makes you seem desperate. Above all, be honest. Specialty job boards represent tight-knit groups and in small communities, people talk to each other.

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 industry specific sites. Sure it may take some time, but posting your resume on all these job sites 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 90 job boards and industry specific job sites 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.

What's in your job search toolkit? Abridged: Philly Online

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- For the most efficient and affective job search, these seven pieces are key: 1) Resume: Target your resume towards the type of work you are seeking. Start with your general resume and tweak it on a case by case basis.

2) LinkedIn Profile: Most potential employers will look for you on LinkedIn and other social networks. Having a LinkedIn profile is a great way of taking control of your online identity. Complete your LinkedIn profile and optimize it for your job search. 3) Networking Cards: These are basically business cards that you design yourself and that can include a brief synopsis of your skills. 4) Tracking System: Whether you prefer to maintain an Excel spreadsheet or use another method, you'll want to keep track of where and when you've sent your resume, who you've spoken to, and the interviews you've been on.

5) Elevator Pitch: This is a 20-30 second synopsis of who you are, what you do, and how your work benefits the employer. 6) Credentials: It's a good idea to have any and all educational credentials (degrees, diplomas, certifications) readily available because some companies do request to see the actual documents prior to extending an offer of employment. 7) Interview Stories: Prepare a few concise stories to share in response to the questions you'll be asked in interviews.

Do you really need LinkedIn to land a new job? Abridged: Viacom

NEW YORK, NY -- The consensus among hiring experts is, YES! Here's the breakdown of their feedback: Recent graduates make up the fastest growing demographic on the site. There are nearly 40 million with a profile now. Although, younger people tend to be more familiar with the site's name, many still don't understand the value of it. Too many say, 'I have it because someone told me to set one up.'

People with certain career focuses may need to use LinkedIn more than others. For example, professionals going into marketing or finance will probably get more out of it than, say, scientists or engineers. It really depends on what field a person is going into, but pretty much everyone can benefit - especially if they're going into the corporate or business world.

Having a LinkedIn profile never hurts. These days, about 98% of recruiters and 85% of hiring managers use LinkedIn to find candidates. Those stats alone prove that having a profile - and making sure it's up-to-date and optimized - is crucial. Even after you get hired, experts recommend that you regularly maintain your profile to keep it current. LinkedIn tracks how active your account is. Showing that you're active is important when searching for a new job, because when a recruiter or hiring manager is searching for potential candidates, if you're active you'll show up closer to the top of that search result list.

Get help setting up and optimizing your LinkedIn Profile 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.

US Unemployment rate drops as job growth rebounds Abridged: New York Times

NEW YORK, NY -- Job growth rebounded strongly last month as the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported the U.S. unemployment rate fell below 6% for the first time in more than six years, easing fears the labor market was faltering again. The report also showed that the economy added 248,000 new positions in September. In August, it added 180,000 and 243,000 in July. "August was an aberration, and we're back to healthier growth and that's good," said prominent economist Sung Won Sohn, a professor at Cal State Channel Islands.

Economists had expected job growth to improve last month, attributing the poor August figures to one-time and seasonal factors. But the September increase was much better than the consensus forecast of 215,000 net new jobs and an unemployment rate holding steady at 6.1%. Now the rate is dropping faster than anticipated - 1.3 percentage points since September 2013.

Part of the reason for September's stronger job growth, was a rise in retail employment of 35,000 net new positions and 20,000 new jobs in food and beverage stores. Professional and business services, along with healthcare, also saw strong job growth in September. But hiring by manufacturers continued to be sluggish. Factory payrolls rose by just 4,000 net new positions in September, an improvement over August's loss of 4,000 jobs but still weak.

Send your resume to new jobs 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! To save time and automate your job search, check out this helpful job search and apply tool.

Avoid scams while job searching Abridged: KXLY Online

SPOKANE, WA -- Consumers are on high alert these days, monitoring their credit and banking information due to a number of data breaches, but there are scammers out there hoping to take advantage of difficult times in your life, like finding a new job. Job hunting is stressful enough, and many people are so eager to land a position, they often don't think about who their information is going to.

But, there are some rules for spotting a fraudulent job listing before those scammers strike. When applying for jobs, it's common to give out a lot of personal information, like your full name, date of birth, address, and sometimes even your social security number. So, know who you're dealing with and use common sense. For example, does it make sense that a national company would post a position on a local job board? If not, do your research by conducting some online searches to make sure it's legit. Always avoid anything offering easy money. There's no such thing. If a job seems to good to be true, it most likely is.

Get familiar with how the hiring process works. Career experts say no reputable company will rush you through the hiring process. If you find yourself being invited to a phone or Skype interview, and over the course of a 10-minute conversation are offered a job and asked to provide personal information, don't do it! It's probably a scam.

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