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Vol. 13, Issue 42 - Week of October 20, 2014

Don't sabotage your job search Abridged Times Herald-Record

ROCKLAND COUNTY, NY -- Avoid these job search pitfalls: Being a selfish networker. The key to successful networking is offering value. Before you ask for help, be proactive and always offer. Whether it's an article of interest or sharing a contact in your network, offering your support early in the game underscores your value.

Being unprepared for the interview. Many candidates miss out on job offers because they are not prepared to talk about the business, culture, history and job requirements. Sites such as Vault.com and Glassdoor.com can provide excellent insight into a firm's corporate culture. Failing to proofread your resume. Many employers will automatically dismiss a candidate from consideration if their resume has typos. Always proofread your documents several times before sending them out. Better yet, reach out to a professional resume writer to scrutinize your resume.

Ignoring your online presence. The first thing a prospective employer will do after reviewing your resume is search for you on Google. If you don't show up there, the hiring manager will either conclude that you are a technological dinosaur, or have little to offer. Never commence a job search without creating a LinkedIn profile. Avoid the pity game. Age discrimination is a reality and it's also increasingly difficult for the long-term unemployed to find jobs. Blaming the economy or corporate culture for your misfortune will do little to muster sympathy for your cause. Avoid any such discussion.

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 over 90 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. If you need help finding a job over the competition, try Resume Rabbit today.

3 Ways to turn networking meetings into job offers Abridged: Huffington Post

NEW YORK, NY -- #1) Be professional, organized and focus your meeting on information gathering only. Don't give the impression you're asking for a job. Your visit is for information gathering only and a chance to learn from his or her experience, obtain knowledge of the company, and, most of all, to make another ally in your job search.

#2) Order your questions for maximum impact. It's best to ask your questions in a certain order. Here are some sample questions you may wish to use. What is a typical day like for you around here? How did you break into this field? What do you most enjoy about your job? Next you will want to move on to the advice questions: Which types of individuals thrive in the company culture and succeed around here? At the end of your meeting, ask for additional referrals: You've been so helpful. Do you know anyone else who might be willing to give me his or her perspective on this field/organization? And may I use your name?

#3) Follow up and establish an ongoing connection. Send a thank-you email or note expressing your gratitude for their advice and list specific ways you have or will follow up on their suggestions: Thank you for suggesting I contact Mary Marketer. We have an appointment set up for next week. Thank you for suggesting I read the article in Salesperson Weekly. I've done so and found it to be extremely helpful.

5 Must read resume writing tips Patricia Erickson, Careerealism

CHICAGO, IL -- 1) Keep It Simple: Keep your resume simple yet filled with relevant information and keywords. Sell your skills, abilities, and accomplishments by showing how you're an excellent fit for the job. Remember, your resume is your ticket to an interview, so it should make you shine!

2) Don't Cram: If you have more than five years of experience, it's not necessary for you to try to cram everything into a one page document. Two pages are perfectly acceptable and standard practice. Generally, you want to keep your resume at no more than two pages. 3) Show How You're The Solution: The employer has a pain, so to speak, so you need to show how you are the solution. Your resume should target the job for which you are applying. Remove anything that isn't related.

4) Just List The Years: You don't need to use months and years on your resume; just use years. This will be especially helpful if you've held irrelevant jobs for less than a year because you don't have to mention them on your resume. 5) Show The Result First: For greater impact, mention the result first then describe how you achieved it. Take a look at this before and after. Before: Designed and implemented a research strategy that resulted in $30,000 in additional revenues each month. After: Generated $30,000 in additional monthly revenues by designing and implementing a high impact research strategy.

Get a free critique with an experienced resume writer! Staff Writer, The Career News

NEW YORK, NY -- Did you know that the average job opening has 250 applicants competing for it? What's worse is 70% of those applicants will be eliminated from the candidate pool by an applicant tracking system. That means that only 30% of applicants make it to the desk of hiring managers. But, wait. It gets even worse!

Hiring managers use the 30 second test to eliminate 80% of the remaining candidates. That means, that on your first pass in front of the eyes of a hiring manager, you have less than 30 seconds to impress them. Career professionals like to call this the "applicant black hole." What many people don't realize is that they aren't even getting their resume into the hands of hiring managers for reading! What can you do to avoid the black hole?

Well, for starters, you need to realize that it isn't your skill-set or your accomplishments that are ruling you out, it's your resume! A self-written resume has a 6% chance of being read. A professionally written resume has a 60% chance of being read and generates 2-3x as many interviews as a self-written resume. The Career News has arranged a special deal with TopResume and is offering free resume evaluations. Their resume experts will read your resume and give you actionable tips that will instantly make your resume more professional. Get your free-resume critique from an experienced resume writer.

3 Networking mistakes and how to fix them Abridged: CIO Online

SPRINGFIELD, MA -- Problem #1: Not Engaging on LinkedIn. You should continually engage with contacts and constantly update your own profile to make sure you're 'coming alive' through your profile. Your profile should honestly reflect what you want people to know about you both personally and professionally. For contacts you're connecting with online, include a personal note with the connection request describing why you want to connect and how that relates to your career goals.

Problem #2: Not Participating in Give-and-Take. Always give and receive information. When reaching out to your new contact, reference any kind of challenge they mentioned in your conversation and ask how you can help them address it. People are more inclined to remember you if you offer them assistance. Instead of just asking for the information you need, send them an article about their area of business, a website to share with them, or tell them how you took action on something you discussed in your meeting.

Problem #3: Quantity Over Quality. LinkedIn makes it easy to develop a network of people without having to meet them face-to-face. Does your profile reflect not just your career and professional self, but your interests, hobbies, causes, organizations to which you belong and recommendations? These are the things that matter. When someone requests to connect, ask yourself, Do I know them? How do I know them? Do we have a common connection or interest?

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 and apply tool.

3 Reasons your online job search is failing Abridged: Time Magazine

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- You use your smartphone instead of a computer. A recent study shows that 20% of job applicants would give up on an online application if they couldn't do it entirely on their phones. But unfortunately, many big companies don't have their hiring process set up to work well on a smartphone.

You rely on Twitter and Facebook. If you're seeking work, go to LinkedIn. A study from social recruiting company Bullhorn Reach finds that only 20% of recruiters use Facebook to find job candidates; about the same percentage use Twitter. LinkedIn is the overwhelming favorite, used by 97% of recruiters. You give up too easily. Nearly a quarter of candidates will give up on applying for any jobs at a company if they have a bad experience with completing an online job application. If you're serious about finding a new gig, this could amount to shooting yourself in the foot. Job seekers should be cautiously optimistic because technology is evolving quickly.

More than half of job-seekers say they'd be deterred if an online application didn't let them upload their resume - a problem that's probably keeping an untold number of people from landing the jobs they want. Uploading a resume was the second highest challenge cited by job seekers in the survey. If you can't upload your resume, call or email the company even if the job listing says not to.

Send your resume to 1000's of hiring managers 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's 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 send your resume to 1000's of hiring manager now.

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