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Vol. 14, Issue 40 - Week of October 5, 2015

3 Standout interview questions to ask to get hired Abridged: Career Nook

SCOTTSDALE, AZ -- One iron-clad job interviewing rule is: Always have questions of your own to ask. Here are 3 great questions to ask in your next interview: "What qualities does the perfect candidate have for this job?" Ask this near the beginning of the interview, and you'll find out specific desired skills that might not be in the description (who knows who wrote the description or when they wrote it?). Once you know what the hiring manager really cares about hearing, you'll be able to talk up your experience and those related skills you have in your interview answers. This way, you'll get the maximum mileage out of every interview answer you give.

"Is there any reason why you wouldn't hire me for this job?" This is a hard question to ask--but it's the only way you're going to find out if they have any doubts about hiring you. Knowing what they are gives you a chance to address those doubts and hopefully clear them up. Job seekers who ask this question increase their chances of getting hired by 30 percent.

"What are the biggest challenges of this job?" This question lets you know what the most important tasks are for this job, or what potential pitfalls may be waiting for you. It's also the perfect opportunity to show the hiring manager how, when faced with tough times, you turn to your inner strength and innate skills to find solutions.

Update your job search strategy and save time! 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 over 90 top job sites like, 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. Get help landing a job over the competition with Resume Rabbit - to find a job faster.

Entrepreneur Test: Do you have what it takes? Abridged: Talk Business Magazine

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Here are some questions that might resolve whether you have what it takes. Be brutally honest with yourself. Recall your past experiences - or lack thereof - to support your answers to the following: Do I initiate projects and execute them through successfully? Have I managed projects well without supervision? Have I enjoyed being in charge? Can I hire and fire others when it's necessary? Can I delegate work? Can I negotiate and compromise without feeling that I am selling out? Do I have energy? Can I delay gratification to attain a goal?

If you answer mostly No, you need to recognize that being an entrepreneur is not your style, at least not yet. If most of your answers are Yes, you can be ready to go out on your own or are ripe for an even higher level of management. Consider that position now. It could work in surprising ways, taking you out of your comfort zone, a good thing, but not out of your career.

There is more to opening your own business than your entrepreneurial and leadership skills. Ensure not only that the business has the capacity for profit, but also that it's a fit for you specifically. If you're ready, find groups that will support your ideas. Sample local networking meetings and powerful places. Use your entrepreneurial spirit to start an exchange that can lead you to your next step.

Tips on finding the right franchise business for you Dan Citrenbaum, Careerealism

CHICAGO, IL -- First, you have to do your research. It's worth your while to consult a franchise expert along the way to help you narrow down your options to those with the best track record. Here are some tips to help you make the right selection:

Get a fix on your goals, your constraints and your personal aspirations. Know how many hours and days you want to work. Do you want employees? Do you like working with people? Do you want to work from home? Deciding what you want ahead of time will save you a lot of time down the road. Once you've narrowed down your franchise search to just a few, learn about the franchisor's business history.

A search online should uncover any unsavory newspaper coverage. To get a more accurate picture of the franchise all in one place, find what you need in the franchise disclosure document (FDD), which all franchise companies are required by federal law to disclose to potential franchisees. Get your hands on this document and read it thoroughly! How much does it cost? All upfront costs will be listed in the FDD, from the franchise fee, inventory software, build-out costs, initial training and ongoing marketing and advertising. Do I have enough money? We highly recommend you consult an accountant to go over whether you have enough to cover your costs to operate.

Get your free consultation with a franchise expert! Staff Writer, The Career News

LAS VEGAS, NV -- Have you dreamed of owning your own business but don't know where to start? Franchises are becoming more and more popular as a way for people to buy and own their own business. Here are 4 main advantages to owning a franchise.

First, you're able to operate your own business with the security of working with a large company. Second, the start-up, operations and general business plans are laid out for you with training and support from the franchisor. Third, you reduce your risk due to the success of the franchisor's reputation & experience. Fourth, it may be easier to borrow money to start a franchise than an independent business. If you've been thinking about starting your own business, we recommend a complimentary consultation with FranChoice, the premier "matchmaker" of the franchising industry.

During your consultation, the consultants from FranChoice will help you identify franchise businesses that meet your criteria based on your goals, skills and preferences. Then they'll guide you through the franchise investigation process and answer all your questions. FranChoice is paid by the various companies offering franchises to help them find suitable matches. So it's free to you and there's no commitment or pressure to buy. Instantly sign up for your free consultation with a franchise expert.

7 Essential tips for negotiating a higher salary Abridged: Inc. Magazine

NEW YORK, NY -- 1) Do your research: Before you come up with a figure, make some calculations based on objective research. This will help you come up with a more appropriate figure and you'll be able to back up your salary request with facts and evidence. Also research the average salary for your target position. 2) Know your value to the company. Your value to the company goes far beyond the position you're applying for. All those peripheral skills you've been developing do have an objective value, so don't neglect to include them in your calculations.

3) Ignore what you previously made. Don't base any of your calculations on your old salary, this is counterproductive. Instead, look at your objective value to the company and the evidence you uncovered in your research. 4) Think beyond base salary. Would you be willing to lower your ask for a more robust health plan or a retirement plan? Get creative and request extra vacation days or flexible work-from-home time.

5) Shoot high, but prepare for rejection. Don't be afraid to ask. The worst that can happen is you get a "no" and have to continue negotiating. 6) Explain your reasoning. When you make your original ask, be sure to mention all that research you did. 7) Maintain confident body and linguistic cues. Keep your posture open, straight, and large. Refrain from frantic body language movements, and maintain good eye contact.

Secret to negotiating a better salary package 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 get a stalled job search unstuck Abridged: Forbes

STROUDSBURG, PA -- If you aren't getting interviews, then one or two things is broken in your job search. If your resume is written in zombie language a la "Results-oriented professional with a bottom-line orientation," you have to change it. You won't make anybody's heart beat faster by sending out a resume that sounds exactly like all the other boring ones.

Instead, put a human voice in your resume, like this: "I'm a manufacturing Finance person with a focus on reducing cost in the supply chain and making smart investments. I'm looking to join a manufacturing firm with a big vision for the future." Now you don't sound like every other banana in the bunch. You also can change this up every time you send your resume to someone new. That brings us to the second element that may be keeping you from getting interviews.

If you're pitching job applications into faceless black hole recruiting systems, there's your problem! Find out who your specific hiring manager is in each target employer, and reach that person directly with an attention-grabbing, relevant and thoughtful "pain letter" where you talk about the hiring manager's biggest problem. When you take the time to customize resume and pain letter for each employer, determine the name and title of the hiring manager and write to that person directly, watch your job-search results improve!

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