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Vol. 14, Issue 34 - Week of August 24, 2015

Looking for a job when you have a job? Abridged: LinkedIn

HOUSTON, TX -- Always keep your job search and work separate. Never search for jobs using your company's computer, and never use your work email to touch base with potential employers. Be very careful who you tell. Keep your job leads and interviews as private as possible while still harnessing the power of your network.

Schedule your interviews strategically. Try to schedule your interviews before or after work or during lunchtime. Be very careful of how you dress on days you have an interview. To avoid suspicion, quick changes in public bathrooms (or your home, if it's close enough) may be in order. Your current boss may see notice as a threat. It may seem ideal to give your boss a "heads up" that you're pursuing new ventures. But be very careful: Some employers may see your friendly "heads up" as a threat for salary or benefits negotiating power.

As much as you may like your current boss, it should be obvious to use former employers to be as references in your job search. If a potential employer asks if your current employer knows about your job search, be honest and tell him, "No." It's natural to feel optimistic about a new position after a stellar interview, but remember, that position isn't yours until it's offered to you. Don't submit your letter of resignation until you have an offer in writing.

Secure your search! Confidentially post your resume Staff Writer, The Career News

SAN DIEGO, CA -- After deciding to make a career change, the last thing you need to have happen is for your employer to accidentally find out that you're looking for a new job. But there are steps you can take to keep your job search confidential. While the job market is very competitive right now, there are still millions of jobs being offered by hiring managers who search all of the top career sites. Sure it may take some time, but posting your resume on all the top career sites 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. This useful tool helps you organize your search efforts and saves you time, while allowing you to focus on networking strategies. Just fill out one easy form and in about 15 minutes you'll be posted on over 90 top career sites like Job.com, CareerBuilder, America's Job Bank, Dice and more.

If confidentiality is a concern, use Resume Rabbit's confidentiality feature to secure your online resumes. Your resume can be seen, however, no one will see your name, street address or phone number. Whether you do it by hand or use a service like Resume Rabbit, creating accounts on all the best job sites will give you access to millions of jobs and exposure to 1.5 million employers and recruiters daily. Instantly post your resume on all the top job sites, to find a job faster.

Easy tips to nail your job interview Abridged: The Advertiser

NEW YORK, NY -- Do your homework. Prepare by learning about the industry, the company and position you want. If you've never been to the physical location where you are interviewing, drive by it the day before. It's a good idea to do a "mock interview" with a trusted mentor before the real thing too. Be on time. By "on time," what we really mean is at least 15 early. This gives room for error on potential parking snafus, check-in processes, and the unexpected traffic jam.

Dress the part. The dress code for a professional job interview is business formal. For men, this means a suit, crisp shirt and tie; for women this means a skirt suit or pants suit. Keep accessories conservative and to a minimum. Have the right supplies. The hiring manager or recruiter isn't going to tell you to bring a nice writing pad, pen and extra copies of your resume, but that's expected. If you bring your cell phone into the interview, make sure it's on silent or is tuned off. This does not mean leave it on vibrate.

Prepare questions for the interviewee. Asking questions demonstrates that you're engaged in the process and helps display your critical thinking skills. Confidently and honestly sell your skills. Businesses want people who are knowledgeable and competent in their area of expertise, as well as people who are pleasant, can hold a conversation, and will make great co-workers.

Your cover letter might be costing you the job Abridged: Payscale

SEATTLE, WA -- Here are some things to keep in mind: 1) Be specific. A cover letter should be geared specifically toward the particular job to which you're applying. Be sure to include details about why you want the job, as well as ways in which you are uniquely qualified for it.

2) No mistakes. Don't send out a cover letter riddled with grammatical errors or typos. Even the tiniest of spelling mistakes is likely to move your application from the "maybe" pile into the "definitely no" pile pretty fast. Read your cover letter over, along with the rest of your application, more than 24 hours after you finish writing it. 3) Don't insult the organization. While you want the company to know that you're a good fit, pointing out problems they have that you feel you can fix may be a bit premature. It could cost you the job. Instead, tell the organization how you'd be an asset to them.

4) Avoid "To Whom It May Concern." Take the time to do some research and learn the name of the person who will be reading your application and address your letter to them. Even if you end up addressing it to the wrong team member, you'll be in better shape than if you'd left it as, "To Whom It May Concern." You want to show the organization that you put in those few minutes rather than taking a shortcut.

[Video] Here's how 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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Is your personal brand in need of a makeover? Abridged: The Chief Storyteller

ANNAPOLIS, MD -- When was the last time you updated your resume? Revised your LinkedIn profile? Networked with people you've never met before? Took a class to learn a new skill? Searched for your name online? If you can't remember, maybe your personal brand is in need of a makeover.

The unexpected loss of a job, a decision to pursue a career change or an application for a promotion are all situations where a relevant and engaging personal brand can accelerate the achievement of your career goals. Your personal brand is the story that you tell with your resume, LinkedIn profile, business networking activities and interactions, investments in continuing education and your online presence. Tips for updating your personal brand include:

Maintain a current resume; include recent jobs and the quantifiable results you achieved for each. Update your LinkedIn profile regularly; add a compelling headline and a current profile photo. Leverage business networking opportunities; meet new business contacts and refine your elevator speech. Learn new skills; attend classes at local universities, participate in webinars hosted by alumni career services staff, industry experts and vendors. Be deliberate in your social media postings; include content that reinforces the message you want to convey. Your personal brand is one of your strongest career assets. You get out of it what you put into it.

Get a LinkedIn Profile that will get you noticed Staff Writer, The Career News

LOS ANGELES, CA - Currently 88% of the U.S.'s recruiters now tap into LinkedIn to find qualified job candidates, according to a recent report conducted by the site. In short, LinkedIn has become the first, and top, platform that recruiters and HR pros access to do job searches and build their candidate pool. 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 get noticed and land more interviews, get help with your LinkedIn profile today.

Over 50 and struggling to finding a job? Abridged: Aspire Personnel

BOSTON, MA -- Many job hunters over 50 feel they're being discriminated against with regards to finding a job because of their age. Some feel they are being overlooked because of a lack of online presence on social networking sites. Just remember, some employers may discriminate, but many won't. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

Older job seekers shouldn't be discouraged by statistics that address the public in general. Most Baby boomers have market knowledge and know where the areas of growth are. Mature job seekers have seen the obstacles and events that are negative before. Mature job seekers have highly developed critical thinking and problem solving skills. Although older job seekers need to sell hard skills, soft skills are crucial to present and show how they add value. Many Baby boomers have people skills perfected over the years in dealing with difficult co-workers and turning around disgruntled customers.

Emotional intelligence is a key attribute older workers have and now is recognized as a valuable asset. A value list could help you sell your uniqueness and define who you are. Make sure to use the job description as your primary tool to find skills that employers want. Put on your resume "Ongoing Professional Development" to show your learning is relevant. Consider internships, volunteer work, and freelance consulting to help you gain solid experience and networking opportunities.

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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