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Vol. 15, Issue 6 - Week of February 8, 2016

3 Things to consider before a career change Abridged: The Undercover Recruiter

CHICAGO, IL -- 1) The salaries aren't good enough in my industry: Salary is a huge motivator for most people. This is the reason many people consider a change of career. However, if you enjoy the job you do it might be best to stay in your industry and look to progress your career within it.

2) I'm fed up with my role: Have you come to the conclusion that only a change of career can rejuvenate your work life? Well, this isn't always the case. It might not be the role that is the issue. Ask yourself: Is it your Manager who's the issue? Is it the employer who's the issue? Often a manager or company can make you doubt your role and resent your job. Picture yourself at another company and if you see yourself in a similar role, then it might just be a case of finding a new job in a different company.

3) There really aren't many opportunities within my industry/role: If you enjoy your job, but you struggle to find any roles within your profession then this can be disheartening. Try to remain positive and be as proactive as possible. There's no point moving away from a role that you are good at and enjoy. If you're in a sector that's on the way out, then it would definitely be worth reconsidering or adapting your skillset to something more future proof.

Thinking of a career change? Confidentially post your resume 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.

Tips on managing your job search expectations Abridged: USNews Money

DENVER, CO -- Focus on mini-milestones. Although the job offer itself ends up being the most important result from your job search, it's helpful to break it down even further to stay the course. Even meaningful networking conversations deserve a celebration, whether it's a special cup of java, a manicure or a shoe shine. This is progress. Document your job search activities. Keep track of companies you're applying to, dates and outcomes of phone and office interviews, next steps and, most importantly, when and with whom you're following up.

Create a rewards system. Instead of thinking how far off the end goal seems, create multiple finish lines closer to your current state. Set markers along the way, such as three successful recent interviews or two excellent contacts made from an industry networking event. Think realistically about time frames. You're not the only person eager to land that new job. Having a preconceived mindset of when you think you'll land a job isn't helpful. Too many things are out of your control and expecting immediate feedback and instant next steps will distract you from your endeavors.

Consider this: Would you really want to expedite the process to work for a less-than-stellar employer within three months instead of that amazing employer within five months? As you toss expectations of a swift process away, you will only be delighted if the process is faster than you anticipated.

5 tips to help you find a job you'll love Abridged: KSL Broadcasting

SALT LAKE CITY, UT -- 1) Self-assess: Finding a job you love involves knowing yourself and what you want. Do you have specific talents or skills that could be of use? How does your past job experience and education fit in? As you prioritize your needs and wants, you'll have a much better idea of what jobs to apply for.

2) Stick to your guns: To avoid wasting time in your current search, stick with your list of "wants and needs." It's always better to hold out for the job you actually want. Don't necessarily take the first offer you get. 3) Pursue your curiosity: Get to know the company and the job you're applying to. Find out as much about the company and its culture as you can. Internships or information interviews are a great way to get a feel for a company's culture, values and day-to-day functions.

4) Focus on a few companies you really like: Sometimes less is more. If you know the field you want to get a job in, do some research into companies that offer similar positions, benefits, culture, salary and career advancements. 5) Customize a killer cover letter: Make your cover letter reflect any unique traits you have to offer and what you want to accomplish in the position. Avoid using fluffy, vague or cliche statements. Instead, focus on helping the reader understand who you are and how you can succeed in the given job.

[Video] How to easily crank out a killer 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! A cover letter is really a sales letter. It's your personal advertisement, your first impression, your grand introduction. 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, few people understand 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. 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, just go to The Amazing Cover Letter Creator.

Top 5 steps for interview success Abridged: Morgan McKinley

NEW YORK, NY -- Be prepared: You've secured an interview for your dream job! Brilliant! Do your research on the actual job, the company, their values and the people you will be working for. Doing your due diligence will show the Hiring Managers that you're not only interested in the role but also your future within the business.

Practice your answers: Certain interview questions are a given in any interview process, so have your examples ready ahead of time. Align your examples with the role you're interviewing for. This will demonstrate how you plan to integrate into the team. Practice your answers in front of the mirror or with a friend to ensure your body language is conveying the right message. Be interested: Go into the interview with a positive attitude, enthusiasm and plenty of eye contact to demonstrate your genuine interest in the role and the business. Don't forget a firm handshake when you meet with your interviewers!

Plan Ahead: Knowing where you're going and being on time is extremely important. Make sure you know the location and give yourself plenty of time to get there especially if the interview is during rush hour. Ask questions: At the end of the interview, ask the interviewer questions. This is a great opportunity to demonstrate your genuine interest in the role while leaving a great impression. Be careful you don't ask a question that has already been answered during the interview.

The secret to nailing curveball interview questions Staff Writer, The Career News

RESTON, VA -- Interviewers love curveball questions. Do you want to know why? It's because they catch weaker (or less prepared) candidates off-guard, and force them to reveal something that immediately disqualifies them from the job. They're effective and wickedly ruthless. (You can often sense when you've fallen victim to one of these "meat cleaver" questions. You'll see a change in the interviewer's body language, though it might not be obvious until you look back.)

However, there is a formula for answering questions like: "What's your biggest weakness?" and "Why did you leave your last role?" and "Why is there a gap in your work history?" You can use it to prepare "go-to" answers to any question an interviewer will ask. The reason this formula works is because, underneath the surface, all these questions are basically asking the same thing. Interviewers are looking for something specific. And when your answer to any of these questions conveys the information they're looking for, your perceived value as a candidate increases.

Imagine when you walk into your next interview, armed with solid "go-to" answers for every curveball question they could ever throw at you. Wouldn't you feel confident? Wouldn't you feel prepared? Watch this free presentation and discover the formula to acing any interview question. Take plenty of notes, and you'll never again be caught off-guard in an interview.

5 Email signature rules for job seekers Abridged: Career Sherpa

ROCHESTER, NY -- 1) Name. People often don't have any email signature, which can make it difficult for the recipient to know who the message is from. Include your first and last name. 2) Telephone number. During a job search, recruiters and hiring managers will want to communicate with you over the phone. Make it easy for them to reach out to you by including it in your email signature. And set up your voice mail with a professional and pleasant greeting.

3) LinkedIn profile. Including a link to your LinkedIn profile makes it easier for people to learn more about you. Rather than inserting the full Web address, which can look long and messy, hyperlink your LinkedIn URL to a small LinkedIn icon or simply the word "LinkedIn." 4) Profession, title or tag line. Depending on your employment situation, use some combination of professional identifiers. If you're changing careers, don't list your current occupation, instead use a tag line or branding statement that conveys your value to a potential future employer.

5) Personal website. If you have an online portfolio, blog or personal website that you want people to know about, include the link. It's always helpful to describe what you're linking to. For example, hyperlink to a short description, such as "Online Portfolio," "Personal Blog Musings" or "My Infographic Resume." You can link to almost any online source you want to draw attention to.

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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