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Vol. 14, Issue 25 - Week of June 22, 2015

Tips to speed up your job search Abridged: TheStreet

NEW YORK CITY, NY -- 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. 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's located, and the ideal qualifications for candidates.

Have a game plan: The key to job search 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: If you took two years off by choice or you have been unemployed for a long time, how did you spend it? Show that the time out was used productively and makes you an even better candidate now.

Volunteer: Try to be industry and job specific if possible so that the time you spend giving it away has the potential to introduce you to people who may hear of opportunities. Get help: Identify a group of people who are unemployed and form a job search support group. Sometimes power, insight, and motivation are achieved through a collective effort.

Get organized and cover all your bases Staff Writer, The Career News

LOS ANGELES, CA -- While the job market is very competitive right now, there are still millions of jobs being offered by recruiters and hiring managers who search all of the top career sites and niche job boards. Sure it may take some time, but posting your resume on these 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 up to 92 career websites like CareerBuilder, Job.com, Net-Temps, Dice and more! A comprehensive list of all the sites they post to is on their home page.

If confidentiality is a concern, use Resume Rabbit's new confidentiality feature. Your resume can be seen, however, no one will see your name, street address, phone number or even your current company name. Whether you do it by hand or use a service like Resume Rabbit, creating accounts on all the best career websites will give you access to millions of jobs and exposure to 1.5 million employers and recruiters daily. Cast your net wide and maximize your exposure to find a job faster.

3 ways to stand out... Jeff Pringle, Ambassador Resume

FAIRFAX, VA -- Standing out can be good or bad. Here are some bad ways. Choose wisely. 1) Wait patiently for a company to contact you for an interview. This one will hurt you, or at best, not help. After you have applied and if they placed an HR contact on the job description, reach out briefly one time, describe your value to them, and ensure they received everything needed. Demonstrate initiative and your research by highlighting one item, article or idea that might interest them.

2) Show them the real you by dressing down for your interview. After all, this is the 21st century and clothes don't make the employee. As true as this might be, dressing for success during an interview demonstrates you care (about yourself and their company), that you recognize the impact first impressions make, and that you are interested in representing their company (e.g. getting the job). Be professional, as it applies to the organization.

3) Let them tell you about the company without asking questions. This is often used by employers to set the stage and gauge whether you are a good fit and interested. It is important to be real (don't take a job you know you don't want), but showing you understand and care about the mission and vision of an organization is critical in making a connection with the interviewer and demonstrating you understand something about them.

How to end a job interview Abridged: Forbes

BOSTON, MA -- The minute you get the feeling the interview is ending, start putting your things away. You will have your trusty notepad and pen with you, and maybe your resume or some other documents. Pack it all up and rise from your chair, extending your hand to shake. Say "That was a great conversation! I'm very interested to learn more."

If you've used the technique of learning the companies pain points during the interview, the interviewer will be thinking about you and their business pain after the meeting. If you dug into the business pain points, you don't need to change course at the end of the interview and say "Please hire me!" Your job is to cultivate a consulting mindset and treat a job interview as a new-prospective-client consulting meeting.

Use your interview air time to probe for business pain and share dragon-slaying stories. When the talk is over, you can walk out with a smile on your face and your head held high. How can I say the interview was a success before we know whether you get the job? Easy! The interview is successful if you came to the meeting as yourself, stayed in your body and learned something. If they don't see you in the role, it's not going to happen, and that's okay. The sooner you move on from the wrong opportunities, the sooner the right one will find you.

[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.

5 Tips for negotiating your salary Abridged: USNews Money

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Do your research. Determine how much the standard rate is for your current position. This will help you feel more at ease when you meet with your boss or negotiate a new job opportunity. It will also demonstrate to him or her that it's not just about wanting more money - it's about the marketplace and your worth. Review salary range research like that provided on websites such as Glassdoor and Indeed. When you do, be sure to search by location.

Write down your accomplishments. Keep a list of your personal and professional accomplishments. Update this list every time you complete a project. Write down exactly what happened: the skills you used, the specific outcome (quantify as much as possible) and any testimonials you can gather from those involved. Prepare your list of accomplishments, and present them during your meeting.

Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse. Prepare your words beforehand. Replace minimizing phrases with more confident ones. Practice what you want to say out loud, so it comes across naturally. Practice in the mirror. Close the loop. No matter what the end result of your meeting, thank your interviewer or boss for his or her time. This will leave the door open for further conversations. And don't walk away with the issue hanging. Determine the next steps and schedule a follow-up discussion right then and there, or set up a time frame when you can follow up.

The TRUTH about salary negotiation Staff Writer, The Career News

LOS ANGELES, CA -- Money, money, money! When it comes time to talk MONEY, so many job seekers leave thousands of dollars on the interview table simply by not knowing how or when to negotiate their salary. Employers quietly understand this fact and will take full advantage of YOU every day of the week and twice on Sundays if you let them.

Many job seekers get 'run over' in the salary negotiation process. That's because salary negotiation by its very nature is a scary "two-headed monster." First, it deals with the issue of money. And we all know how wild and crazy people can get when it comes time to talk money. Most people do not feel comfortable discussing how much they make, or asking for more. Second, salary negotiation deals with the issue of... negotiation! Whether it's for a car, a loan, or a raise, people are generally uncomfortable negotiating anything. Why? Because negotiation can feel like "confrontation" and this goes against our basic human instincts.

As a result, many job seekers give up thousands of dollars accepting the first offer put in front of them for fear of losing the job opportunity altogether. But here's the TRUTH: Successful salary negotiation is not "confrontation" at all, it's really just smart, calculated "conversation." Anyone can learn to speak with kindness and respect while gently moving the salary conversation towards getting paid more money! Discover what to do, what to say, and precisely WHEN to say it: "The Salary Negotiation Secret".

How to job hunt while you're working Abridged: Forbes

DENVER, CO -- You can start a job search any time, but when you're already working at a full-time job, your job hunt will have to be handled differently. To start your stealth job search, you've got to know what kind of job you want next. You get to choose - you are employed, and that makes you a favored applicant!

At the same time, you have to choose. Why go through all the trouble of changing jobs to make just a tiny step forward toward your goals or to make no forward movement at all? You need to know what you want. Whatever you decide your goals are, you'll brand yourself for the opportunities you really want. If you work on your LinkedIn profile as you prepare to launch your under-the-radar job search, go to your Settings and turn off outgoing notifications about your LinkedIn profile updates.

Next, you'll want to build your target employer list and focus on those companies you would like to work for. After your list is complete, start your research. Read up on each of the organizations on your target list. Look for their LinkedIn Company pages and read the LinkedIn profiles of their executives. Once you're confident that a particular organization is worth pursuing, find your particular hiring manager and compose a cover letter to them that discusses their business pain points so you can start a conversation.

Search all online job listings from just one website 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.

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