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Vol. 15, Issue 29 - Week of July 25, 2016

Tips to heat up your summer job search Abridged: Laufer and Associates

BOSTON, MA -- Depending on your search goals, you might have better opportunities presented because of the summer season. Here are some ways to tailor your job search activity for the summer: Make scheduling time to meet with you as easy as possible. Summer is already tough on the employer side because vacation schedules need to be considered. To make yourself readily available, always carry an updated calendar with you; sync your phone with your main computer if you keep calendars in different places.

Take advantage of the nice weather with outdoor networking meetings. Propose outdoor networking meetings to take advantage of the warm weather. Reconnect with lost networking contacts by asking about vacation plans or sharing exciting plans of your own - the conversation may turn back to business but in the meantime at least you've kept in touch. Go for summer internships. Many companies offer a summer internship program to take advantage of the off season for students. But with more of the workforce now in freelance and temporary roles, experienced professionals should consider tapping into summer opportunities for their own employment prospects.

Regardless of where you are in your job search, summer is still a good time to keep your job search active and make progress. Check in regularly with whomever is coordinating your interviews; give them lots of availability and keep them posted if other prospective employers are moving faster than they are.

Update your job search approach 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 up to 88 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. If you need help finding a new job now post your resume on all the top job sites today.

Job search tips for people over 50 Abridged: ZipRecruiter

SEATTLE, WA -- 1) Tailor Your Resume: Tailoring your resume is absolutely crucial for you. Why? Well, yes, you have a seemingly never-ending supply of experience and expertise to offer. But, guess what? Employers and hiring managers still only care about the stuff that's most impressive and most relevant to the job you're applying for. It's important that you only focus on the stuff that's most relevant to your desired position. The more you can make yourself seem like the perfect fit, the higher the likelihood of landing an interview and the job!.

2) Brand Yourself: Branding yourself is a way of identifying your key strengths as an applicant, and then broadcasting those through tools like social media (think your LinkedIn profile!). It gives you a cohesive identity as a job seeker, and makes for easy personal promotion.

3) Stay Modern: Some rules of the job hunt have remained the same for years, while others have changed drastically. For example, you definitely do still need a formal resume in order to apply for jobs. But, if you show up unannounced and wait in the office lobby for an hour in order to deliver a hard copy of said resume in person? Well, you'll immediately look outdated. It's important that you stay current on the etiquette and expectations of today's job hunt. Failing to keep up to speed will only plant seeds of doubts about your capabilities and qualifications.

5 Qualities of a Successful Resume Abridged: Fulton NearSay

JAMESTOWN, NY -- Good Design: Since employers must sift through a high volume of applications, it is essential that your resume is tastefully and attractively presented. Emphasize ease of reading, avoid cluttered areas, and be mindful of smaller details. Profile Summary: Rather than placing a more generic "objective" at the beginning of the resume, include a statement that briefly summarizes who you are and what you can offer. This will better catch the attention of a potential employer and may even expedite your job search.

Grammar & Mechanics: Remember that in resumes, you do not actually need to follow standard grammar rules; the idea is to be concise and clear. When describing your experience, for instance, fragments are preferred, and you are best off leading off with action verbs such as "managed" or "coordinated." Direct Language: Excessive verbiage is a trait to avoid on your resume; it might make what you are trying to say sound unclear. Choose wording and language that is as simple and direct as possible, but think about catching the interest of the reader.

Cohesive Flow: It's best to think of your resume as telling a kind of story; it should follow an arc that leads from your introduction to your areas of expertise, then from your work history to your professional affiliations. You can begin with either your educational history or your work history, based on your level of experience.

Free Critique + affordable resume writing services 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.

4 Tips that guarantee you'll get the interview Abridged: The Job Network

CHICAGO, IL -- Read Closely: You might be the most qualified person you know in your field, but that doesn't mean you're capable of doing every job. That's why it's crucial that you go through the job posting with a fine-toothed comb. Make a numbered list of exactly what it is they're asking for. Then make sure you have most, if not all, of these before proceeding to submit.

Target Your Resume: If you really want this job, then customize your resume to make sure you're an attractive candidate. Does your resume seem set up for that particular job title? Also make sure to highlight skills and experiences that would be most valuable to this employer for filling this position. Target Your Cover Letter: Your cover letter is the best window into not only who you are as a worker, but who you are as a person, and how you'd fit into the culture. Address it to the correct person, and do a bit of research into what the company is looking for before you make any promises.

Show Your Face: It's easy to spend most of your time slumped at your laptop, sending resumes into the void. But more and more jobs are landed by face-to-face networking these days. Try getting out there more. Meet people. Talk about where you want to be and what you want to be doing, and meet the folks that can help you get there.

[VIDEO] Ace your next interview to get hired faster Staff Writer, The Career News

LOS ANGELES, CA -- Did you know that when the job market was booming it took an average of 3 interviews to get 1 job offer? Now it takes 17! When you finally land the job interview of your dreams will you have what it takes to land the job offer? You must stand out during the job interview or you might as well be playing the lottery.

Most job seekers spend hours creating their resumes and cover letters, searching through job postings, reviewing classified ads and networking--all in order to land the job interview. Yet 99% of them don't have a clue what to do when they get one.

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How to prepare a job search strategy Abridged: Job Spotting

AUSTIN, TX -- Job search is a project and like any other it needs a clear objective, an action plan, and frequent re-evaluation. The first thing you need to do is to set a primary goal. It's advisable to have a clear, concrete concept of what you want to achieve that can be summarized in a sentence, e.g. "I want to work for a non-profit where I can combine my volunteering experience with my community management skills".

Remember, you don't necessarily need to shoot for a specific position, but instead force yourself to build your job search around a core of your specific skills, strengths and interests. This helps you to start thinking in a productive way about roles that might suit you. Working back from your goal, you should then create a series of steps that you need to complete to get you where you want to be, such as: research; searching for potential positions, resume preparation, writing applications, etc.

Neither your goal, nor your action plan need to be set in stone however, so don't be shy about taking time to rethink your strategy and to adapt it if necessary. This is especially true if you receive some rejections, or can't find any suitable opportunities. Ask yourself questions like: do I need to change something in my application documents? Did these jobs just not suit me? Was this really the right company for me?

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