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Vol. 14, Issue 9 - Week of March 2, 2015

5 Questions to ask before you start a job search Tai Goodwin, Careerealism

CHICAGO, IL -- Before you start your job search, get clear about what you really need to thrive instead of survive at work. Doing a better job defining exactly what you want doesn't mean your ideal job will magically appear, but it will help you focus your job search on opportunities that have greater potential for long term career growth. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Which values are most important to you right now? You may have chosen jobs based on money before, but maybe autonomy and growth are more important for you now.
  • What experience or opportunity is missing in your current work? If your current tasks are not challenging you, the same job description in a different company won't make a difference.
  • What kind of opportunity will allow you to do your best work? The same job in a different industry could make a big difference in job satisfaction and growth potential.
  • What kind of work environment, culture, and values do you want in your next employer? Use your network and online resources to get background information before you spend time applying to companies that may not be a good fit.
  • What thoughts, behaviors, and beliefs about work do you need to let go of in order to attract different opportunities? Remember, you will attract what you give attention to. Are you holding onto a belief that work has to be hard? Or maybe you expect that managers are always out to find your flaws.
  • Thinking of a career change? Post your resume today! Staff Writer, The Career News

    SAN DIEGO, CA -- After deciding to make a career change, the last thing you need to have happen is for your employer to accidentally find out that you're looking for a new job. But there are steps you can take to keep your job search confidential. While the job market is very competitive right now, there are still millions of jobs being offered by hiring managers who search all of the top career sites. Sure it may take some time, but posting your resume on all the top career 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. This useful tool helps you organize your search efforts and saves you time, while allowing you to focus on networking strategies. Just fill out one easy form and in about 15 minutes you'll be posted on over 90 top career sites like Job.com, CareerBuilder, Net-Temps, Dice and more.

    If being found by your current employer is a concern, use Resume Rabbit's confidentiality feature to secure your online resumes. 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 job sites will give you access to millions of jobs and exposure to 1.5 million employers and recruiters daily. Instantly post your resume on all the top job sites, to find a job faster.

    Commit to invest in your personal career development Abridged: Career Outcomes Matter

    TRENTON, NJ -- 2015 is in full swing and after multiple conversations with job seekers, many fall into one of these three buckets: 1) You're dreading having to polish your resume yourselves or looking for a professional to take that burden off of your shoulders. Either way your resume is not yet a document that you can start using to pursue new job opportunities.

    2) You have multiple job interviews lined up during the next few weeks, yet are unsure what questions you'll be asked. And you're not clear on how your answers compare to your competition's responses. In this scenario, you don't yet feel confident that you'll be perceived as the best candidate. 3) Many of you have learned all that you can within your current role and don't know what to pursue next. You're also unclear on what specific steps are necessary to start a career transition. You have varying interests and you're not sure which to tackle nor which to table.

    If you find yourself in any of these three scenarios, here's a recommendation. It's time to be decisive! In the workplace, you've uncovered insights, crafted your analysis, and moved forward - decisively. You've used tools to gain a competitive edge. You've known when to confide in experts. You've honed a keen ability to evaluate investments. Make 2015, the year when you will decisively make a commitment to invest in your own professional development.

    Tips to optimize your LinkedIn profile Abridged: The Next Web

    NEW YORK, NY -- Stand out with the new profile image options. To enable a more personal feel, LinkedIn has incorporated several visual changes to build you a better LinkedIn profile as your own unique brand. Here are some new image features to lookout for are: wider profile header background; larger profile photo; gallery for premium users. When deciding on which images to include in your profile, think about what kind of imagery could add a tasteful yet personal touch, and tell a story about you and your professional background.

    Get found with the right keywords in your LinkedIn profile. This is the best way to increase your chances to be found by employers and recruiters in relevant search results. LinkedIn is making it easier by suggesting a list of personalized keywords. Some key areas of your profile to include these keywords are: your headline, summary, experience and skills section.

    Open up your profile's accessibility so employers and recruiters can view your profile. LinkedIn is currently introducing a new setting called "Open Profile". This option allows you to make your full profile visible to all LinkedIn members as well as allow anyone to send you direct messages. Measure and compare your visibility. LinkedIn is adding some new major components as well as modifications to some older features. Check out the new 'How You Rank' tool to help you see where you stand against others in your field and network.

    How to optimize your LinkedIn profile and get 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 banish (almost) all of your pre-interview jitters Abridged: The Muse

    BOSTON, MA -- To make sure you don't walk into your next big interview a sweaty and nervous mess, here are a few strategies to try out. Meditate and Breathe: Just a couple minutes of relaxation a day can make your mind sharper, your senses more alert, and your entire body more relaxed. Exercise: Get a little endorphin rush and exercise. Wake up early and hit the gym, take a yoga class, or do a run around the neighborhood to clear your head before the interview.

    Visualize Success: Visualize yourself charming your interviewer, nailing all the questions, and being offered the job before you even walk out of the door. Your brain favors proving itself right, so go ahead and be generous with yourself. Do a Power Pose: Positioning your body in stances of power impacts the way you behave. Do a "power pose" for two minutes prior to your interview. You'll magically be more calm and charismatic.

    Smile Like You Mean It: Smiling tricks your brain - the physical act, even if it's forced, will prompt you to actually feel happier. It's a neat little pick-me-up from your brain for when you're feeling a bit down. Practice: This is all great advice for getting the most out of your brain and body, but in the end nothing will trump practice. The more practice you can get answering interview questions aloud, the more confident you'll be when the real thing happens.

    [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.

    Easy job hunting tips every job hunter should know Abridged: Interview Success Formula

    RESTON, VA -- To help keep you sane during the job hunt process, here are five tips to consider: Don't take it to heart. Accept that the path you're going to take is full of rejections. If you don't hear back from an employer move on. If you hear negative remarks about yourself, take them as constructive criticism for you to improve.

    Be patient. If you've been waiting for days for the hiring manager to call, chances are they might not have read your resume yet. Hiring managers have a lot on their plates on a daily basis, and hiring isn't necessarily top priority. In this case, it's best to be patient. Move on immediately. If you haven't heard anything from the company, don't procrastinate. Start looking for other job openings right away.

    Don't speculate. When interviewing, don't try to read your prospective employer's actions, especially if you don't know how to read signals. Don't ever assume that you're going to get the job, even if you feel like it seems obvious. If you do assume, and things go the other way, you're not helping your psyche. Stay away from people who pressure you about your job search. It's nice to have friends that are concerned about your employment status. However, some well-meaning people can become annoying, and can get on your nerves every time they ask for updates. If they're overly persistent, tell them kindly that you'll update them when you can.

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