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Vol. 14, Issue 15 - Week of April 13, 2015

3 ways to spring clean your job search Abridged: The Ladders

NEW YORK, NY -- 1: Unclutter your resume - If you haven't reviewed your resume in a while, now is the time to give it a good polish. Rearrange the information to showcase your most relevant experience and qualifications. If you find yourself hoarding extraneous information, it's time to trim the fat. Edit your resume so it's no more than two pages and clear off any experience beyond the past ten-to-fifteen years.

2: Replenish your network - Use springtime as an excuse to dust off your address book and take stock of your network. Repair friendships with those you've lost touch with, and weed out those who aren't supportive of your goals. Plant the seeds for new connections by joining relevant professional associations or other industry-specific groups. Meeting new people in your industry will only increase your chances of landing the right job, sooner. Remember that not every networking opportunity will be a face-to-face affair. Break out your smartphone to keep networking while on the go.

3: Clean up your online presence - Out with the old, in with the new! It's time to give your online presence a face-lift. Set up Google Alerts for your name to actively monitor your brand, and clean out or update any outdated profiles. Increase the security settings on any personal accounts you don't want to associate with your professional brand. This will ensure that employers find the same professional online that they met face-to-face or read in your application.

Spring Forward: Jump start your job search 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 up to 92 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. To multiply your chances of landing a job faster, post your resume on all the top job sites today.

6 tips for landing a new job Abridged: Biz Journals

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- 1) Identify recent achievements: Highlighting recent achievements on a resume and cover letter will help secure an interview and provide the applicant with key talking points to impress a hiring manager. 2) Refresh the resume: Update the resume with new items and skills. Evaluate previous positions and delete any that are no longer relevant. Include recent industry awards/recognition and volunteer activities.

3) Establish a network of allies: Connect with individuals who can offer support and advice for finding a new position. Staying in touch with former managers and coworkers is another effective way to identify job openings because they may have knowledge of available positions within their organizations or at companies within the industry. 4) Be smart about social media: Instead of relying solely on search engines and career sites, job seekers should broaden their searches to LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Many companies manage career pages on social media channels where job openings are posted on a daily basis, along with important company information that could be useful for interview preparation.

5) Practice interviewing: Mastering the art of a successful interview takes practice. Conduct mock interviews to help keep skills fresh before an actual opportunity presents itself. 6) Learn new skills: In today's tech-savvy environment, learning new skills outside of the current scope of work will increase a candidate's value and could serve as a differentiator among qualified candidates.

Tips to make the most of your LinkedIn Profile Abridged: Social-Hire

MIAMI, FL -- Treat LinkedIn as your online living resume. Your profile allows others to discover who you are professionally, so focus the content on who you wish to engage with. Ensure you've covered the basics - a professional photo, your professional headline, contact details and also a summary that covers your experience, projects and achievements. Be as comprehensive as you can in filling out each and every relevant, editable section.

Add as much detail about your skills as you can, because these keywords are how people find your profile. Don't list any skills you might have but are NOT skills you want to use on your next job. Make your job description relevant. Include achievements in the description as well. Highlight the work you want to do now, and downplay elements you no longer consider part of your professional repertoire.

Create a customer LinkedIn URL so it's easier to remember. Fully complete your profile and review it regularly. Once your profile is fully completed, focus on identifying individuals you wish to connect with. Join a variety of industry related groups - then regularly contribute to them. Focus on joining groups that cover areas you're interested in and will highlight your expertise. It's important to remember, you need to be active on LinkedIn, so like and share relevant industry content with colleagues, peers and connections - as this will raise your profile considerably.

Improve your LinkedIn profile to get noticed! 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 your LinkedIn Profile updated today.

A simple how-to for writing that killer cover letter Abridged: USA Today

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A cover letter is meant to build your case as to why you're the right person to hire. And you need to tailor each cover letter to the job you're applying to. Here's how to do just that:

Start strong. Find the right person to address and skip the stock opener of "Dear Sir or Madam" or "To Whom it May Concern." If you don't know to whom you should address the cover letter, then do your best to find out. If you were referred to the company, the opening paragraph is the time to include the name of that person. Use keywords and key phrases that are easy for a recruiter or applicant-tracking system to spot. Your cover letter is not your resume, so don't repeat the same information. Instead, come up with 3-4 of your key competencies to highlight. The details you highlight should connect to what's in your resume and show how your skills can benefit them.

Proof your work. Getting information wrong is a surefire way to get tossed aside. Get a second pair of eyes on your letter to find any spelling mistakes or grammatical errors you may have missed. Always double-check the job title for the position you're applying for or any other specific information about the company that you include. The goal of any cover letter is to show why you are uniquely qualified for a position.

[Video] How to easily crank out a killer cover letter Staff Writer, The Career News

LOS ANGELES, CA -- A perfectly-written cover letter can be more important to your job search than your resume! A cover letter is really a sales letter. It's your personal advertisement, your first impression, your grand introduction. A brilliantly worded cover letter is the easiest way to assure your resume is the one, amongst a stack of resumes, that actually gets read. The best part is, few people understand this fact. So having a great cover letter is almost like having an unfair advantage.

As a matter of fact, the vast majority of your competition simply "throws" together any old cover letter just so they have something to attach to their average resume. As a result, most cover letters do nothing to land the job interview. In fact, hiring managers often make a decision to interview from a well written cover letter alone -- before even reading a resume.

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Ways to avoid the tunnel vision job search Abridged: Mashable

CHICAGO, IL -- Tunnel vision makes you believe that you must land a specific position, with particular specs and hours, in the industry that you originally targeted. In reality, though, the current job landscape or your skill set may not be conducive to an easy match.

If you've received denial after denial, it's time to step back and re-evaluate. Assess any feedback you've received, and examine whether or not you still feel like you're a strong contender. Perhaps you'll pinpoint that your level of experience is lacking and decide that a course or internship would be helpful before you continue applying to similar roles. In the meantime, you could pivot your existing skill set to another department or industry.

Instead of boxing yourself in and feeling like your new job must look a certain way, consider piecing together other types of jobs to give yourself more flexibility. For example, a "bridge job". One that pays the bills while you figure out what you really want to do. This is a great option for someone who needs financial stability but wants the bandwidth to change careers or build a side business. Expand your personal vision for your next job, with an eye toward what will best fit your particular needs and goals. This will help you discover new opportunities that may not have been in your line of sight before.

New! Search all top job sites from one place... Staff Writer, The Career News

LOS ANGELES, CA -- If you've been recently searching online for a job, you realize there are literally thousands of different websites all listing potential job matches for you. Amazingly enough, even the biggest employment sites have less than 10% of available jobs listed online. Yet finding and then searching through thousands of different job boards and company websites is nearly impossible. On the other hand, overlooking any one of these sites could cause you to miss out on the job of your dreams.

Wouldn't it be great if you could search all online job listings from just one website? Well you finally can, with a new job search engine at JobsWanted.com. This site works just like Google, Yahoo or Bing, except it searches only for targeted job listings from sites like: Careerbuilder, Beyond.com, Job.com, SimplyHired, Jobs2Careers, and more.

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