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Vol. 14, Issue 30 - Week of July 27, 2015

7 Steps to planning your current job search Abridged: Undercover Recruiter

SEATTLE, WA -- 1: Ask yourself why you're looking for a new job. Are you looking for a new job because you hate your current field of work? Or is it because you have become so good at your job that you no longer feel challenged and need to step up and find something more stimulating. 2: Think about what you're looking for. Figure out what you want to do AND what you don't want to do. At the very least, know which fields or industries you're interested in, and what types of positions you're suitable for.

3: Know your strengths and weaknesses. What are you good at? Highlight them in your resume or you may not even be invited for an interview. 4: Do your initial research. Find out what opportunities are out there in the fields that you're interested in. Take a look at job boards, niche career sites and company websites of businesses you're interested in.

5: Set aside time to do your job search. Make sure it is your sole focus for that time. Make it your "job". 6: Set weekly goals. Setting measurable goals for yourself will help you to stay motivated and give you a feeling of achievement each time you meet a goal. 7: Practice your interview techniques. Always be prepared. List out some of the common interview questions and practice, practice, and practice!

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, America's Job Exchange, 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.

3 great reasons to hire a Career Coach Jeff Pringle, Ambassador Resume

FAIRFAX, VA -- You may want to consider a Career Coach if one of the following realities apply to your professional life or career progression. 1) You are tired of not seeing results. It is critical when stagnation sets in to shake things up and get a second opinion. A coach will have ideas based on experience and will work with you to develop a plan. A CrossFit class will push you beyond what you think you can handle, and does so with structure.

2) You want a real person to help you. You've been through online training, watched videos and obtained your certification. Yet you can't seem to get that promotion. Hiring a coach provides you with a personalized look into areas of your professional life that might be hindering (or not advancing) your upward trajectory. Finally, a coach will do so critically in a personalized manner.

3) You've reached a tipping point and are ready to sacrifice for your career success. No longer satisfied with simply going to work, you are ready to totally revamp your strategy. Someone with an outside perspective and knowledge of additional opportunities will be able to help push you beyond what you think you are capable of. Just like a trainer will show you a new exercise and push you to accomplish more than you could have imagined. Are you ready to jump to the next level?

Steps to writing a top notch cover letter Abridged: Career Cake

NEW YORK CITY, NY -- Make it personal. Try to avoid addressing letters to Sir/Madam/To Whom it May Concern. Do your research and find out the hiring manager's name. If you can't find it, give the office a call and someone there may be able to help you.

Tell them why you want to work there. Start off by being specific about what role you're applying for. Let them know why and show that you're genuinely interested in the company. Find something significant and personal to their company that you admire and mention that in your letter. Tell them why they should hire you. Identify a list of attributes that you want to promote about yourself. Then compare this with the skills and experience asked for in the job description and elaborate on the relevant qualities you possess. Tell them what you can do for them and how you can add value to the business with use of specific examples.

Show passion. Be enthusiastic and show them you really want the opportunity. Be passionate about your career and demonstrate your ambition to progress at the company. Be friendly and polite. People want to work with individuals who are friendly and easy to get along with, so try to show this side of you in your cover letter. You can do this by thanking them for their time considering your application.

Use this to craft the perfect 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! What most people don't realize is that a cover letter is really a sales letter. It's your personal advertisement, your first impression, your grand introduction. Additionally 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, practically no one understands 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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Tips for the executive level resume Abridged: Business 2 Community

HOUSTON, TX -- Quantify Your Work: Wherever you mention anything that could possible include a number, make sure you include that number. Did you guide a federation of associations through a series of hurdles or increase the profitable revenue of your company? Make sure you include how many or how much. Using numbers puts a value on your worth and adds an emphasis that many resumes leave out.

The Glance Test: How much information can easily be read within 10 seconds? Are you using bullet points? Are there keywords that stick out? Are your talents immediately on display? Make sure the top quarter of your resume really highlights who you are. Areas of Expertise: What makes you a strong leader? Include a section in your resume that discusses your specific areas of expertise. Discuss things that really showcase your top business skills so that a reviewer can quickly assess how beneficial you will be to their company.

Mixed Media Resources: Share your LinkedIn profile URL on your resume. Why should you bother with LinkedIn? Because it provides you with a way to share more information about yourself that you might not have room for on your resume. The smaller details that really make you who you are work well on this business-themed social platform. It's also great to show if you've got lots of endorsements for your skills so the recruiter knows just how talented you are.

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

NEW YORK, NY -- Did you know that the average job opening has 250 applicants competing for it? What's worse is 70% of those applicants will be eliminated from the candidate pool by an applicant tracking system. That means that only 30% of applicants make it to the desk of hiring managers. But, wait. It gets even worse!

Hiring managers use the 30 second test to eliminate 80% of the remaining candidates. That means, that on your first pass in front of the eyes of a hiring manager, you have less than 30 seconds to impress them. Career professionals like to call this the "applicant black hole." What many people don't realize is that they aren't even getting their resume into the hands of hiring managers for reading! What can you do to avoid the black hole?

Well, for starters, you need to realize that it isn't your skill-set or your accomplishments that are ruling you out, it's your resume! A self-written resume has a 6% chance of being read. A professionally written resume has a 60% chance of being read and generates 2-3x as many interviews as a self-written resume. The Career News has arranged a special deal with TopResume and is offering free resume evaluations. Their resume experts will read your resume and give you actionable tips that will instantly make your resume more professional. Get your free-resume critique from an experienced resume writer.

Consider these tips for your summer job search Abridged: The Devex Blog

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Take advantage of the slower pace. Employers aren't the only ones on vacation, candidates are too. So while there may be fewer jobs posted overall, you are likely to face less competition. Summer is a great time to fix up your resume. Use the time you would spend on submitting job applications to give your resume an overhaul. That way, you'll be ready to bite when hiring ramps up again.

Take a timeout for research. Spend this time researching potential employers that align with your skills, interests and values. Set up job alerts on career sites so you will be notified as soon as they do have new postings. Don't wait for employers to post a job. Contact organizations that interest you proactively so you're already on a recruiter's radar when they have new openings.

Set up a few informational interviews. With a lot of people out on vacation, those left behind with a lighter meeting load may have more flexibility for informational interviews, coffee or an after work drink. Be patient. Hiring decisions can take longer to make during the summer. Juggling vacation schedules of key stakeholders can make it challenging for employers to come to a consensus as quickly. Take a break yourself. Use that time to re-evaluate your career goals and then come back to your search with a refreshed sense of purpose in a few days.

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