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Vol. 16, Issue 3 - Week of January 16, 2017

Is it time for a new job? Ask yourself these questions. Dorianne St Fleur, The Muse

BOSTON, MA -- Am I learning and growing? Every role you take should enable you to develop new skills and increase your knowledge base. Even though it's true that in any job there will be times you'll be doing more than you'll be learning, gaining new insights and expanding your skill set is a critical part of being happy at work.

If you've tried creative ways to develop on your own, such as researching online classes or doing an informational interview with someone on a different team from yours, but you still feel stunted, this job may no longer be the one for you. Does the job still meet your expectations? Remember when you first read the description for your job and got all warm and fuzzy on the inside? How do you feel about that same job today? Has it morphed into a completely different role - one you're no longer interested in? Or have your own career priorities changed over the years?

Whatever the reason for feeling your job isn't a great match anymore, it's totally OK to admit you're no longer happy where you are. It's better to be honest with yourself and look for work or change to a different career that feels more in line with your current interests than to stick it out in a job that's got you doing work - day in and day out - that's making you miserable.

Career Changers: Keep Your Online Resume Secure Staff Writer, The Career News

SAN DIEGO, 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 86 top career sites like Job.com, CareerBuilder, Careercast, Dice & 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. Invest in your career (get the benefits of a tax write off) and get your resume posted on all the top job sites and niche industry sites - securely and and confidentially with Resume Rabbit's secure posting service.

3 Things to think about before changing careers Kitty Boitnott, Work It Daily

CHICAGO, IL -- 1. Decide what you want. Consider the following questions and give them some thought. What are your talents? What are your special and unique gifts? Are you good in math? Are you a writer? Do you enjoy working with your hands? What kinds of problems do you like to solve? What are your hobbies? Wouldn't it be better for everyone involved if you could spend your time in a job that called on your best assets?

2. Does your resume reflect what you want to do as opposed to what you have been doing?Your resume should reflect the value that you bring to a potential employer. Answer the question, "What is in it for the company to take a chance on hiring me?" Also consider: What problem(s) can you solve? Can you make or save the company money? Craft your resume accordingly.

3. Don't overlook your LinkedIn profile. Do not skip having a professional looking and fully optimized LinkedIn profile, and do not skip over the fact that you need to engage with individuals and groups inside of LinkedIn. Once you have fully optimized your profile, find and join groups that are related to your professional area or interest. Like, share, and post articles that you see from others. Post articles of your own as long as they are well written and provide value.

5 Tips to ace your Skype job interview Abridged: Job-Hunt.org

CONCORD, NH -- 1) Set up ahead of time. First, be sure you've downloaded, installed, and tested Skype's app well before your interview is scheduled. Have video chats with several friends to make sure everything is working properly on a variety of systems.

2) Rehearse. Make sure you maintain your poise despite any question you get. Get comfortable talking to the camera. Look at the interview in the eye by looking into the camera, not by watching their image on the monitor. 3) Prepare your environment. When the time comes for the interview itself, be sure that you won't be disturbed. If you have kids, you'll need someone to mind them. If you have pets, put them out of the room. Turn off your cell phone and other IM programs on your computer.

4) Dress up. Put on the same clothes you'd wear if you were going to interview in-person. If the company is formal, wear a jacket and tie for men or a suit jacket for women. If it's more laid back, wear a business casual shirt or blouse. 5) Get in the zone. The interviewer can see you, but it's more difficult to pick up on visual cues when you're trying to keep your attention focused on the camera. Pay attention to your body language. Sit up straight and making eye contact. Lean forward, and nod during the conversation so the interviewers can see that you're engaged.

The secret to acing your next job interview 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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4 Tips for communicating with recruiters Abridged: The Undercover Recruiter

NEW YORK, NY -- Make a connection: Connect with recruiters on social media and job boards. Although recruiters are active on multiple social platforms, try and stick with one to connect with them on. Don't bombard them with messages and requests. Break the ice: Find something you both have in common. Do you have similar interests? Do you both belong to the same organization? Did you graduate from the same school? Searching social media and job boards may give you some leads. Just make sure you don't come on too strong or appear desperate. Express your enthusiasm without going over the top.

Mind the details: Be sure you're qualified for the position you want. Recruiters spend a lot of time sorting through candidates who aren't right for the position - don't waste their time or your own. After carefully reviewing the job description to make sure you are qualified, tailor your communication to that position. Be specific, and explain why your experiences and skills are a good match.

Be patient: You may want to frequently check back in with the recruiter, but don't give in to temptation. Although you can and should follow up with a recruiter, constant communication will do more harm than good. On average, filling a position takes about 24 working days and can take up to about 39 days in some fields. Be patient. The process will take some time.

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! Get your resume delivered to recruiters in your industry today.

Three simple job searching tips to consider Abridged: Adler University

CHICAGO, IL -- 1. Explain why you are a fit. Review the position announcement and jot down the top three reasons why you are applying. Draft three sentences that succinctly and specifically detail why you are highly qualified for the position. Be sure to include what you think distinguishes you from other applicants. You'll want to stand out so there's no reason you'll be looked over.

2. Edit and read over everything before you submit. Use free, high-quality sites like Grammarly that can strengthen your cover letter in a matter of seconds. And use spellcheck. Spelling errors, whether they are typos or intentional mistakes, are distracting and imply the applicant doesn't care enough to edit. Plus, another eye never hurts; ask someone you trust to give your work another read. Maybe they'll find something you missed.

3. Don't leave unanswered questions that will dissuade the hiring manager. Write a compelling cover letter that preemptively addresses questions that may be in the reviewer's mind, like gaps in your employment, underemployment, or short tenures. If you sense your age will be a barrier, address that, too. If it's allowed, send a video clip of yourself. You can take off your graduation date(s) from your resume, which can normally be the easiest and most common way to guess someone's age.

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