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Vol. 15, Issue 5 - Week of February 1, 2016

Tips on landing a new job when switching careers Abridged: The Clark Howard Show

ATLANTA, GA -- Set up a LinkedIn profile: There are tons of recruiters looking for you on LinkedIn. Be mindful about adding them as connections if you're trying to be discreet about your job search. Be discreet when looking for a job: The Wall Street Journal ran a piece about the power of the passive candidate -- a person who has a job and is not necessarily looking for a new one. But the thing is, employers love poaching others who are already employed.

Don't overlook the power of face-to-face networking: Identify key people in the industry to which you want to move and try to set a face-to-face meeting with them. Interview them for their career advice and see about possibilities of doing internships or job shadowing. The beauty of networking is that most jobs are filled by hiring managers who are likely to interview someone they know or know of through a friend of a friend or a colleague of a colleague. People think that networking is passe. No way! It will get you in the door.

Find cheap ways to invest in re-education: Job seekers who are looking to transition into a new field must take stock of their current skills to determine their future career path. Add additional training on your resume by taking courses from a community college or online certification program.

Thinking of a career change? Post your resume today! Staff Writer, The Career News

LOS ANGELES, 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. And 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 up to 92 top career sites like Job.com, CareerBuilder, 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.

Establish a finite plan for your job search Abridged: The Writing Guru

CHICAGO, IL -- What's Your Next Ideal Role? Do you want to stay in the same industry or take your skills and maximize them in new territory? Are you ready to take the next step and leap into a role with more responsibility? Before you begin any job search, it's important to narrow down and target your job search to the ideal positions you want.

Does Your Resume Need a Makeover? If your resume simply lists your work history and job duties, but does not encompass accomplishments, achievements, or major contributions to an organization, it's time to consider giving your resume a lift. Today, resumes have moved from the simple work history to a more strategic marketing document. Consider having your resume reviewed by a professional resume writer to determine if your resume can benefit from a face-lift.

Are You Utilizing a Professional Image on Social Media? It's a fact that 94% of recruiters utilize LinkedIn to source candidates. Therefore, having a professional image on LinkedIn with an expansive profile that communicates your professional value is a must in today's times. Do you have a future game plan? Knowing where you want to be in 5, 10, and even 15 years from now can enable you to see the big picture and prepare for the future. Make a list of future goals and methods to help set your wheels in motion.

Tips on landing your perfect career Abridged: The Guardian

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- Research the companies you want to work for, and find out about their environment, goals etcetera, to decide if they match your mission statement. Online groups and social networking sites are great for gaining insight and feedback from people already in the field. Register with recruitment agencies and check the career websites of your target companies to apply directly. Keep your online profiles up-to-date and advertise that you're open to new jobs.

Once the vacancies come in, take time with your application. Match your skills to what they're looking for and sell your personality so it suits the business, both in your cover letter and resume. If you want to stand out from the crowd, consider a video resume as it shows how you present yourself and that you can use technology creatively and effectively. Charts, graphs and infographics in resumes can be a powerful way for the reader to quickly see all your accomplishments at a glance -- which will be gratefully received by any busy employer.

Before you attend an interview, be clear on the job role and research the company. Prepare any questions and practice your interview technique; consider your voice, tone and pace, and pay attention to body language. Answer interview questions in detail but do not ramble, and maintain eye contact throughout to show you're interested and enthusiastic. First impressions count, so wear smart business dress and arrive five minutes before the interview.

[Video] Tips on crafting 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.

Wouldn't you love to have a cover letter written with the flair of an advertising executive? If so, we recommend a simple program that helps you quickly and easily crank out a killer cover letter that is guaranteed-to keep your phone ringing. With a click-of-a-button, fill in the blanks and in just 3.5 minutes out pops a brilliantly worded and perfectly crafted cover letter - 100% customized for you. Why not get your phone ringing with job interviews and employment offers - without writing one word, just go to The Amazing Cover Letter Creator.

5 Ways to impress a recruiter Abridged: TalentEgg

NEW YORK CITY, NY -- 1) Be enthusiastic: If you're being contacted by the company you applied with, be excited! There's nothing a recruiter hates more than speaking with a dull applicant who seems as though they couldn't care less about the opportunity.

2) Know why you want the job: Research the company and position. The more you know about a company's history and objectives, the more likely you will be able to connect yourself and your experiences to the role you are applying for. 3) Make connections: To get an interview started, recruiters often ask applicants to share stories about their work experience. Oftentimes, they read off their past few years of work without actually telling the recruiter the most important part of these experiences. Take the time to point out specific responsibilities you had or skills you developed.

4) Consider your surroundings: When taking part in a phone interview, make sure you're in a quiet space. Recruiters would much rather have you call them back at a later time if it saves them from trying to decipher what you say as you compete with background traffic or voices. 5) Don't babble: Think before you speak and prepare a concise answer to each question asked. Try your best not to ramble on; it makes you appear nervous and unable to think on your feet. Relax and make sure you pace yourself and your answers.

Get help finding a recruiter in your industry Staff Writer, The Career News

LOS ANGELES, CA -- When looking for a job, you may want to consider networking with a recruiter. Recruiters, otherwise known as head hunters 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 company pays a fee, typically when a candidate is hired. When contacting a recruiter send a resume and cover letter just as though you were applying for a job. If a recruiter calls you, always call back - even if you are not currently job hunting. You never know when circumstances might change and you might need job search assistance.

If you don't know of any good recruiters and/or want to instantly have your resume sent to 1000's of recruiters that specialize in 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! Start networking with recruiters in your industry today!

5 Tips for a more successful online job search Abridged: USNews Money

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- 1: Take time to build your network, both in person and online. Attend networking events, participate in your professional organizations and introduce yourself to people. Practice the art of small talk. Understand that, with every new acquaintance you make, you enlarge your network.

2: Narrow your applications to a relatively few positions. Don't bother applying to jobs for which you clearly aren't well suited to meet the employer's needs. Instead, look for positions where you can add value to employers. 3: Do your research before you contact the employer. Check out the company in the news or on LinkedIn. Figure out its challenges, and how you can add value with your skills and experience. Use this research as you make your case for being considered in your cover letter.

4: Figure out how you can network your way into the company before you apply. Use LinkedIn to find people in the company you can proactively reach out to for informational interviews. Don't ask for help at the onset. Instead, spend time building a relationship and make yourself the first one to offer help before you ask for it. 5: Ask your contact if the company has an employee referral program. If so, would he be interested in forwarding your resume to the right person? Remember that, if you've already submitted your resume to the company, the employee won't get credit for your application, and that makes a big difference.

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