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Vol. 14, Issue 13 - Week of March 30, 2015

Are you setting your sights too low? Abridged: USNews Money

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- When you're job searching, it can be hard to decipher a job description. It can also be tough to figure out what a company truly expects in a candidate. So, how can you tell if you're devaluing your experience? If the following situations apply to you, you may be setting your sights too low.

If you have been out of the workforce for personal reasons: Feel like employers won't understand why they took time off? They should. Be transparent about it in your cover letter. Don't think that you have to apply to a lesser job just because you have been out of work for some time. Remember that volunteer work is valuable and should be included on your resume. If you are currently unemployed: Some people think they will be completely looked over if not currently employed. This could happen, but it's less likely to if you're up front in a cover letter or resume about your reason for being unemployed.

If you are worried about your educational background: Strong work experience is often viewed as more valuable. Keep in mind, companies may consider work experience in lieu of a higher degree. If you've sent out dozens of job applications with no response: This is a sign that you may need to change your approach to job searching. If you haven't been doing any networking it's time to start! Referrals are still one of the top ways to get a job today.

Update your job search approach 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.

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How professional development can help your job search Abridged: Career Impressions

NEW YORK, NY -- A lot of people take a passive approach with their career; complacent to go to work every day and perform, but nothing more. These people rarely chase down opportunities for challenge and almost never pursue professional development. It's a competitive employment industry out there; job seekers need to leverage every advantage they can to stand out and win attention over competitors. People with passive careers will have less noteworthy items to put in their resumes.

So you might wonder why professional development matters if you have the skills to do the job. But do you really? How do you know which skills will set you apart? This could be the difference between you and your job competitors. Professional development gives the competitor clear value-add for their resume, and during the interview your competitor may have stronger stories of leading strategies or solutions to share that better match the employer's needs.

Professional development proves to employers that you are working on yourself. In addition, it keeps your skills sharp, helps you expand your network, and gives you more opportunity to shine. If you haven't pursued opportunities to expand yourself, you should. To win the job you want, boost your skills and increase your chances of positioning yourself as an expert in your industry!

Cut the clutter on your resume Abridged: CareerBliss

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- White Space is Good. A resume without white space suggests clutter and chaos. White space is reader friendly, easy on the eyes and encourages the reader to maintain focus. If your resume looks more crowded than a Walmart on Black Friday, take out your red pen and start cutting. Even a simple reformat using a smaller font and wider margins can make a big difference.

Structure is Important. The best resumes should look like a Christmas tree on the page: your name and contact details at the top, a short, sharp summary, a list of your strengths and specialties to follow, and then the 'branches' to show your work experience. If you find yourself putting more detail into the top section than there is below, it's time to take out the weed-whacker. Don't List Common Duties - List Accomplishments. It's easy to slip into a mode where you simply start listing job duties on your resume. Employers, however, don't care so much about what you've done as what you've accomplished.

Ask Yourself - "Does My Resume Still Make Sense Without This?" If, after doing all of the above, you still find yourself staring at the resume version of Gone with the Wind, here's a trick. Look at one line at a time on your resume, and ask yourself whether your resume would still be as good and as strong without that line. If the answer is "yes," cut it.

Free Critique: Get your resume reviewed by an expert Staff Writer, The Career News

LOS ANGELES, CA -- You've got terrific experience. Your work ethic is superb. You're even willing to be flexible on salary. But after sending your resume to countless, perfectly matched management opportunities, you're just not getting the interviews! Why? It may be hard to believe, but there's a good chance your resume is the culprit. With the average employer spending less than 30 seconds scanning each resume they receive, your resume needs "The Right Stuff" to grab attention and get the interview.

What is the Right Stuff? To find out, The Career News arranged for its subscribers to receive a free-resume-critique and price quote from a certified professional resume writer, specializing in resumes for management level job candidates.

You'll not only find out what's right with your resume - but more importantly, if it is actually preventing you from getting interviews. While the critique is free-and-valuable, you'll also learn how a professional writer might successfully re-vamp your resume and refine your job search strategies - and exactly what that would cost. This may just start making you money quicker than you think! Get your free resume critique by a professional resume writer today.

Not great at networking? Here are some tips to help Dawn Rasmussen, Careerealism

CHICAGO, IL -- Here are a few quick tips to get you through that initial awkward conversational stage and transform the people you meet at events into powerful contacts in your network.

Be Fearless - Walk up, stick out your hand, introduce yourself, ask them about what they do, then shut up. People love to talk about themselves. So let them. Take their conversational lead! Be Well-Read - Keeping up with current events and business trends gives you a treasure trove to draw from in terms of conversational topics. Initiate A Call-To-Action - Suggest to meet the person over coffee in a less busy setting. You'll both be more relaxed and the ideas can flow more freely.

Follow Up In 24 Hours - Don't shove the person's card in your drawer and call it good. That's not networking. E-mail messages or phone calls are the way to go. If The Conversation Isn't Working Out Very Well, Release The Person - Excuse yourself if they've lost interest or there isn't any rapport building. Say, "Well, it was nice meeting you and we should both probably mingle a little more... thanks again for chatting!" The purpose is to meet as many people as you can. Get out there, and get a networking workout. The more you do it, the easier it will become!

Network your resume to the right recruiters Staff Writer, The Career News

LOS ANGELES, CA -- When looking for a job, you may want to consider networking 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 network with recruiters in your industry, give Resume Mailman a try today.

Ways you are sabotaging your job search Abridged: Social-Hire

DENVER, CO -- You so are eager to find a new job, but you can't seem to get anywhere with your search. Could it be you? Are you getting in your own way of landing your dream job? Here are some ways that candidates sabotage their own job searches.

You Say "No" Too Quickly: If it doesn't sound perfect on paper, you don't want to waste anyone's time, right? Wrong. Stop finding excuses. Entertain conversations. Go on some interviews. Listen to recruiters. You Have Unrealistic Expectations: You graduated from a top school. You've been operating at two levels above your current one for years. You've recently turned down a bunch of offers. All might be true... but that doesn't mean that you should come into a role as a manager. We all have to earn our stripes. Aim high, but keep it real.

Your Presentation is Sloppy: Do you have misspelled words in your resume and cover letter? Is your LinkedIn profile picture of you celebrating at a party? If you're serious about a job search, make the time to proofread your application materials and clean up your online presence. You Don't Know What You Want: Take a moment, stop randomly applying to every new post you see and get some focus. Once you hone in on an industry or two, you're sure to start making some real headway.

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