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Vol. 14, Issue 21 - Week of May 25, 2015

4 Horrible job search tips to ignore Abridged: Forbes

TRENTON, NJ -- Horrible Tip One: Use a traditional, sounds-like-everyone-else resume full of buzzwords. Why would anybody advise you to sound like every other job-seeker? Put a human voice in your resume, use the word "I" and tell your story in the Summary at the top! You aren't like anyone else, so don't pretend or try to be.

Horrible Tip Two: When applying for a job you're interested in, only follow the rules set out in the job ad. If you pitch your resume into a Black Hole recruiting portal, you might wait forever for a response. It's best to try to reach the hiring manager directly and address your cover letter to that specific person. Horrible Tip Three: Use your interview air time to explain why you really, really, really want the job. Do you go on a date to beg a person to go out with you? No! A first date is a recon mission. A job interview is a recon mission, too. Use your interview air time to learn more about what isn't working behind the scenes at your possible next job.

Horrible Tip Four: In your cover letter and on a job interview, talk about what other people say about you. Who cares what some unknown person thinks about you? The relevant question is 'What do YOU think about you?' Tell stories about real situations where you saved the day at work or anywhere.

Work smarter and land a job over the competition 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. Instantly post your resume on all the top job sites, to find a job faster.

Ways to make your cover letter stand out Abridged: Business 2 Community

NEW YORK, NY -- Address it to an actual person. A little bit of online research can help you uncover this information. It makes a stronger impression when you are directly addressing the person in charge. Mention connections. If you know someone who works for the company already, mention their name in the cover letter. This will catch the attention of the person reading your documents and show that you already have some knowledge of the company and a reference from within.

Align your strengths with their needs. Use the job opening as well as what you know about the company to emphasize how you fit their needs. How can you better serve them through your experience and accomplishments? Pick out those key points that best illustrate your abilities to do what they need. Use bullet points. Avoid the temptation to write several paragraphs. Have an opening paragraph, a closing paragraph, and three to four concise bullet points in the middle. Not only will this cut down on length, it also draws their attention to the main points you want to emphasize.

End with a call to action. Rather than just thanking the hiring manager for their time, be more assertive. Mention that you will follow up or look forward to meeting with them to further discuss your qualifications. Have confidence in your abilities and show that you are serious about the position.

4 Things millennials do wrong while job hunting Abridged: Philadelphia Metro

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- 1) They over share on their resumes. Jazzing up the old resume is usually the first order of business when job hunting. The problem is that many millennials feel a compulsion to overshare. The way you talk about yourself on your resume may very well be holding you back. Instead of turning your resume into a laundry list of all your work responsibilities, only list the stuff that's really going to sparkle to a potential new employer.

2) They don't have their elevator pitch ready. Before you step foot in the interview, have a well-polished, well-thought-out elevator pitch about yourself. Be able to talk about yourself with confidence and polish. 3) They ask for feedback about why they didn't get the gig too early. Millennials are an assertive bunch. They don't shy away from asking an employer why they didn't get a gig. It may seem like a proactive move, but the truth is, this often rubs employers the wrong way. Tread lightly here...

4) They don't network effectively. Did you know that 80% of job openings actually aren't posted? According to Forbes, what you see posted online only represents about 20% of what's actually out there. This is called the hidden job market. If your job hunt is strictly Internet-based, you're really only hitting 20% of available jobs. So make sure you're networking with recruiters in your industry.

How to tap into the hidden job market Staff Writer, The Career News

LOS ANGELES, CA -- These days job seekers should spend 60 to 70 percent of their efforts on networking with friends, family, recruiters, headhunters and other professionals in their industry. Let everyone know you're out of a job and available for work. People like to help, but they can't help if they don't know you're looking. On average, 80 percent of job openings aren't advertised at all. Therefore, working with a recruiter and networking may be the only way to hear about them.

Recruiters, otherwise known as headhunters 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 hiring company pays a fee, typically when a candidate is hired. Additionally, most recruiters know of hundreds of jobs that are not advertised in conventional places like classified ads or online job boards. Using a recruiter is the only way to tap into these hidden jobs.

If you don't know of any good recruiters and/or want to instantly have your resume sent to recruiters that specialize in finding jobs for 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! Give Resume Mailman a try today.

Now is the time to land your summer job! Abridged: Huffington Post

CHICAGO, IL -- Think summer jobs are just for kids? Well ... think again! The seasonal job market has opened up to applicants of all ages as many employers welcome job-seekers with a mature work ethic and well-honed communication skills. In addition to seasonal work, part-time and/or temporary, contract positions are more plentiful during the summer as organizations scramble to cover for their vacationing employees.

If you land a part-time position in your line of work -- at a company where you'd like to be employed -- your chances of being brought on full time are good. In addition to the increased job options that the summer provides, your opportunities to mix and mingle are greatly enhanced by the warm weather. Backyard parties, gatherings, and community events abound and are prime venues to "meet and greet" and get the word out about all you have to offer.

There's one big, additional benefit to having a summer job and actively building your list of contacts. The larger your network, the better you will position yourself for the surge of full-time employment opportunities that usually takes place in September and October. So get out there, make yourself known, and present yourself as the knowledgeable, enthusiastic candidate you are. You never know whom you might meet and where such opportunities might lead. And, come early fall, you just might find yourself happily employed in the full-time position you've wanted all along!

Try out this new job search engine. No sign up required! 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. Conversely, 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.

You simply plug in your job title and desired location, and in seconds you can review all your best job matches pulled from all the top job sites -- and all in one place. Now instead of spending endless hours bouncing around to countless different job sites, the jobs are brought right to you in seconds. The best part is there's no charge for this service, no sign up required, and you can try it right now. Just go to: JobsWanted.com for--free.

Unemployed for a while? Here are some job search tips... Abridged: The Street

MIAMI, FL -- Don't appear frustrated or discouraged. When you carry the burden of a job search that seems to drag on forever, everyone will see and feel your frustration. Find a place to store your feelings temporarily until you have landed a new job. Be focused on your goal. Get clear on your target and communicate it with precision and passion; the kind of job you want, where it is located, and the ideal qualifications for candidates.

Have a plan. For everyone in a job search, the key to success is having a game plan. That's the strategy you use to put yourself out there. It includes everything from your resume, cover letters, follow-up correspondence, interview questions and practice, as well as research on the market and companies. It must all be seamless and support your target, with no exceptions.

Establish your credibility as a long-term job seeker. You'll need to distinguish yourself from other candidates. That happens in your resume and in how you explain your time out. The story you tell must be truthful and needs to position you in the very best possible light. Can you show that the time out was used productively and makes you an even better candidate? Volunteer. Try to be industry and job specific if possible. That way the time you spend has the potential to introduce you to open opportunities. And if you take on a leadership role, it will offer visibility.

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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