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Vol. 13, Issue 46 - Week of November 17, 2014

New ways to secretly search for a job Abridged: Washington Post

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- One of the problems with finding a new job - if you already have one - has always been trying to keep your boss from knowing that you're looking. So how can you keep your job search off your manager's radar? Here are some guidelines for keeping your search on the down low.

Be careful about what you put on LinkedIn. Don't indicate that you're actively searching and make sure you're activity broadcasts are turned off. Don't tweet, blog or post on Facebook about your search. Schedule interviews first thing in the morning or as late in the day as possible. Many employers are willing to accommodate employed job candidates by offering interview times at the very start or end of the day. Don't use your company computer, email or other resources to job search. You might think it's fine to browse job postings on your work computer during lunch, but many employers monitor Internet use.

Avoid conducting phone interviews from work. Watch how you dress. In some offices, showing up in a suit for the first time in months is a surefire trigger for questions about whether you have an interview. Make sure the employers you're interviewing with know to keep your search discreet. it's reasonable to explain that your search isn't public and ask that it be kept confidential.

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 career websites. 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 over 90 top career 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. Keep your job search secure and confidential and post your resume on all the top job sites.

Ways veterans can ease into a job search Abridged: The Seattle Times

SEATTLE, WA -- Stand in the spotlight. Hiring managers want to hear not just how your unit performed, but specifically what you did. Think back to the times when you demonstrated leadership, and list them as accomplishments. Mentioning medals you may have received can't hurt, either. Avoid military jargon. Life in the military could be described entirely in a long string of acronyms and technical terms. For the rest of the job market, though, hiring managers won't know an NCO from an XO, so be sure to translate your MOS codes into their common English descriptions.

Translate your skills. You may know how to drive a tank in combat or guide a fighter jet onto a heaving carrier deck, but how do you apply those skills to a desk job? Start with the general technical skills you learned, and emphasize how you used this knowledge to manage projects, plan a course of action, solve problems, mentor younger personnel and/or work together to reach goals.

Hang up the uniform. A uniform implies that you haven't ended your service and may not be fully committed to a new job. Chart your own course. Before you send out resumes, think about not just your next mission, but also where you want your career to go. Research your prospective employers, try to network with people who work there, and picture how you and your skills would fit into this new environment.

Ways to attract recruiters to your LinkedIn profile Abridged: Mashable

CHICAGO, IL -- Develop a Keyword Strategy: Make a list of terms associated with your skills and experience. Take those terms and rework them from the perspective of a searching recruiter. Then organically incorporate these key terms into your profile to attract both the search engines and human readers.

Say Cheese: Hiring managers are seven times more likely to view your profile if you have a photo; it's a must have on LinkedIn. A photo allows your profile to stand out in the search results, and also shows recruiters that you're active on the network and LinkedIn is a viable way to contact you. Be Vain: Claim your vanity URL. This is a customized URL that drives directly to your profile. This makes it easier for hiring managers to find you and share your information with other hiring managers.

Rack up Recommendations: Solicit recommendations from people you have worked for or with. Make a strategic plan and approach different people and suggest particular skills or experiences you would like them to highlight. Strategic Connections: Strategically identify people you'd like to be linked to and approach them with a custom connection request. Share with your Connections: Don't just set up your profile; actively engage on LinkedIn. Share useful content or comment on the shared content of others to make your profile more viewable. Interacting with others on the platform not only makes you visible to them, but also their connections.

Get a LinkedIn Profile that will get you hired! 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 help with your LinkedIn profile today.

How to pick a recruiter for your job search Liz Ryan, Human Workplace

NEW YORK, NY -- There's a widespread misconception about recruiters, sometimes called headhunters. The misconception is that a recruiter is doing you a favor by shopping your resume around to employers. That couldn't be further from the truth. Job candidates are the only thing a recruiter has to sell. You represent a recruiter's bread and butter!

When you decide to work with a recruiter, you call the shots. Don't let anyone bully you into thinking that they hold the reins for your career. If one recruiter can place you, lots of them can. Every recruiter has competition. You're the talent, and your recruiter is your agent. They get a commission from the employer when you accept a job offer.

The first question to ask a recruiter when they call you about a possible job opportunity is, "Tell me about your history with the employer we're discussing now. How many positions did you fill for this organization this year? How many positions have you filled for this particular department manager?" If the recruiter is patient, willing to spend time answering your questions, sensible and mature, you might be starting a tremendous partnership. The key is to remember that without talent, a recruiter has nothing to sell. You're driving the bus for your career, and and that includes carefully choosing the people you allow to carry your precious flame.

Can employers and recruiters easily find you? Staff Writer, The Career News

NEW YORK, NY -- When looking for a job, you may want to consider working 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 find good recruiters looking for qualified candidates in your industry, consider using Resume Mailman today.

Tips for a more mindful (and less stressful) job search Abridged: Idealist Careers

LAS VEGAS, NV -- In order to have a mindful job search, it's important to stay in the present moment. This can be hard to do as a job search really plays into the mind's tendency to dwell in the future and past. We need to project ourselves into the future to anticipate how we might grow in a certain position. We also need to learn from past career mistakes. Being able to come back to the present moment can allow us to notice when we're mistaking those stories for objective fact.

It's useful to set job search goals, but even better is a clearly articulated intention. An intention is a guiding principle rooted in the present. Without a foundation of intention, a job search can leave you feeling like a balloon getting tossed around in the wind. An intention could involve the type of position you're looking for or how you go about searching for a job.

Part of the practice of mindfulness is to notice the judgmental inner voice and to let that go. That voice might pop up when you look at a position you don't feel qualified for. Mindfulness is about noticing that internal voice and asking yourself why you believe it. Knowing what you want is necessary if you're going to find a fulfilling opportunity. The goal is to start noticing when the judgments happen, because you might be unintentionally limiting yourself out of habit.

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