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Vol. 15, Issue 47 - Week of November 28, 2016

What turns employers off from your resume? Abridged: Career Confidential

GUNTER, TX -- Over Used Phrases: One of the biggest red flags for an employer is seeing the same phrases or descriptions over and over again. Avoid over used terms like "self-starter," creative" or "problem solver." Rather than using cliche phrases, describe your experiences and share your accomplishments.

Grammatical Mistakes: Have someone else look over your resume or look for a good resume service to help with the writing so you can avoid these costly mistakes. If your resume is riddled with grammatical or spelling errors, you are telling the hiring agent you do not care about your work either. Poorly Written Content: Your writing skills will demonstrate you can communicate effectively. It can also speak of your level of professionalism and education and show how much you care. Take time to write your cover letter and resume bio in an educated and professional manner.

Not Demonstrating Professionalism: Limit your information to areas related to your qualifications and skills. If the hiring manager is reading information about your private life, they're likely to ignore your resume or application altogether. Huge Gaps of Time Between Jobs: Fill in open areas of unemployment with explanations. A potential employer who sees a huge gap in your employment history will likely have lots of questions. They might think you left the hole deliberately and will wonder just what you are hiding.

Job boards & career sites your resume should be on 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 89 top job sites and niche job boards like US.jobs, Job.com, CareerCast, SalesGravy, 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 job in the new year post your resume on all the top job sites today.

5 Reasons to stay on your boss' good side Lillian Childress, Glassdoor

CHICAGO, IL -- 1) Looking for a promotion or pay bump? You can kiss your dreams of a salary increase goodbye after getting in hot water with your boss. And those extra vacation days you've been lobbying for? Probably not going to happen either.

2) Don't dash your chances for a good reference. If you're looking for a recommendation for your next job, your past boss can be your biggest asset - or your biggest liability. Let's say that you've pissed your boss off so much that you're considering looking for other jobs. Chances are you can't count on them to be a stellar reference for your application. 3) Unless you're quitting tomorrow, your boss is still your boss. Don't create a tense environment between yourself and someone you work with - especially when they're in charge of you. If something really bad does happen, apologize and rectify the situation.

4) Avoid becoming the office outsider. Putting the boss in a bad mood can put the rest of the office in a bad mood, too. Keep the morale of your coworkers in mind when you knowingly piss off your boss. 5) There's untapped potential. By allowing antagonistic feelings to persist, you're missing out on tapping the potential for a flourishing relationship of mutual collaboration, respect, and even camaraderie. Next time you think you might piss off your boss, just consider how great the alternative could be. Play the long game.

Here's how to max out your LinkedIn Profile 100% Abridged: Uptowork

NEW YORK, NY -- The first thing you will want to do to optimize your LinkedIn profile is to max out its capabilities. To do that, you need to feed the platform quite a bit of information. If you take a look at your profile page, you'll notice a big circle on the right-hand side that says "Profile Strength." Once you've provided enough information, the circle will reach "All-Star" level. And that's where you want to be.

Users who fully complete their profiles are 40x more likely to receive opportunities on LinkedIn. To reach All-Star level, you will need to enter information into most of the fields available to you. That means you need to write a summary, and add things like projects and volunteer work. Simply adding 40 words in the summary section means that your profile is more likely to end up in a search.

If you haven't reached maxed out your profile, you are limiting recruiters' access to information about you. And recruiters want a full image of the people they are going to hire, including a peek at your personality and interests. Current global human resource trends show that work culture is becoming a focal point for many businesses and that companies are hiring based on a candidate's personality as much as their skills and experience. According to LinkedIn, 87% of hiring managers are seeking employees with personality.

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

LOS ANGELES, CA -- Two hundred million users can't be wrong. LinkedIn has exploded onto the employment search scene and is now used across 200 different countries. It has sparked a recruiting revolution of sorts, as many hiring managers search its massive database of prospective employees before even announcing a job opening. 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 land more interviews, get started now on your LinkedIn profile makeover.

3 Interview tips from top recruiters Abridged: Western Union

AUSTIN, TX -- Get a Good Night's Rest Before Your Interview: There are a few things you can completely control in the interview process, and one of them is making sure you get a good night's rest before your interview, so you can be focused and sharp. Appearances are important in making a good first impression, so a solid night's sleep will also help ensure that you look fresh, awake, and put together.

Do Your Research: It's important to show genuine interest in the company that you're interviewing with by researching it beforehand and understanding the products and services the business offers. If you have any insights or recommendations based on your research, it can show extra initiative. Also, come prepared with your own questions that are applicable to the role you're interviewing for. It's also wise to prepare questions about the company culture. You want to make sure that your background and personality matches the culture, and that it would be a comfortable fit for you.

Closing Strong: As the interview is ending, be sure to leave on a positive note. Share with the recruiter where you stand in terms of your interest in the position. Ask the interviewer how they'd like to be followed up with and when. Finally, be sure to send a thank-you note after the interview thanking the recruiter for his or her time, and restating your interest in the job.

Network with 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! To network with recruiters in your industry, distribute your resume here.

Way to get poached from your current job Abridged: Forbes

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- 1) Start attending industry meet-ups. A quick way to get in front of the right eyes in your field without embarking upon, or advertising, a formal job search is to mark your calendar for periodic industry events. Join the local chapter of the professional organization associated with your occupation. Most aren't expensive to join and meet monthly, or even quarterly. Additionally, it's an efficient way of checking in on what the latest tools and skills are for your field-and making sure you measure up.

2) Position your personal brand. You know the Sunday afternoon or Tuesday evening you block out for updating your resume, LinkedIn profile, and online presence once you decide to look for a job? Don't wait. Do that now, and update each time you complete a project or step into a new role. a great way of positioning yourself as an attractive find without officially moving into job search mode - or alerting your present employer that you might be - is to focus on your achievements.

3) Actively cultivate your passive job search toolbox. LinkedIn is an excellent resource, but a host of other online job tools and resources are available to professionals who aren't actively searching for a new job but would be willing to consider a great opportunity. Recruiters are using a variety of different tools to find the right candidate for their open positions. The time to start passively letting recruiters actively hunt for you is now.

Use this powerful job search tool and find a job faster 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 only searches for targeted job listings from sites like: CareerBuilder, Beyond.com, Job.com, Simply Hired, 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 the JobsWanted.com job site.

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