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Vol. 16, Issue 12 - Week of March 20, 2017

Ways to spring forward in your job search Abridged: Career Attraction

NEW YORK, NY -- Keep It Fresh: Keep your attitude positive and demonstrate your interest and passion for the opportunity by being well-prepared and asking insightful questions. Step away and review your materials from a different perspective, making changes and updates accordingly.

Re-Energize Your Search: Get out of the rut you're in by re-invigorating your search. Review your target list and add new companies to approach. Research those companies and identify contacts for informational interviews. Talk to people about how to best leverage your skills and experience in the field you're pursuing. Hone Your Interview Skills: If you're getting interviews but no offers, it's time for some fine-tuning. Identify common interview questions, as well as those you've already experienced. Practice writing out your answers and delivering the responses out loud. If possible, identify a resource to conduct a mock interview, and ask for extensive feedback.

Fine-Tune Your Cover Letters: Are you sending out lots of letters but not receiving interviews? If so, it's time to review your cover letters. Is each one truly customized to the position? Do you demonstrate to the employer how you can address their specific needs and add value? Network Like Crazy: Get out there and identify new contacts at your target companies. Attend professional association meetings. Meet people in a variety of ways and learn what they do and what they like about their companies.

Work smarter and land a job over the competition 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 85 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. Instantly post your resume on all the top job sites, to find a job faster.

Six reason you weren't hired Lillian Childress, Glassdoor

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- 1) You weren't qualified: Don't be surprised when you don't hear back if you only met 50% of the qualifications. But on the other hand, applying for only the jobs you're fully qualified for can limit your options. 2) The company's going through a hiring freeze: Sometimes HR will post jobs online even though the company hasn't hired anyone in a year. A hiring freeze could also take effect when you're in the interview process.

3) The position was filled internally: Internal candidates generally have first dibs on a role than a new hire. In fact, sometimes an internal candidate was the only one being considered all along, but the company has a policy about publically posting jobs. 4) They were hiring for fit: Even if your resume perfectly fit the qualifications and your cover letter was stellar, there's no guarantee you'll land the job. Many workplaces are increasingly concerned with building a cohesive company culture.

5) You were over-qualified: If a hiring manager is looking for someone to do a specific job that you seem over-qualified for, they might take the less-qualified applicant for budget reasons or because the role was more junior than your qualifications. 6) The company went through a restructuring: Hiring can be put on hold during a major restructuring, during which HR will be reevaluating their priorities for what kind of job positions they need.

4 Tips to 'spring clean' your job search Abridged: FlexJobs

DENVER, CO -- Shake out your resume and cover letters. Don't send the same stale resume and cover letter for each job application. Take a little time to update your resume, including any new accomplishments, skills, etc. Remove old, outdated, or irrelevant information. And create a few resumes to match the different types of jobs or industries you're searching for. Having customized resumes goes a long way.

Dust off your professional network. Spring is a great excuse to say hello to your professional contacts. Your get-back-in-touch email or phone call can simply be to say hello, see how their winter went, and wish them a Happy Spring. And don't forget -- the biggest rule for networking is that the more you give, the more you get.

Shine up your interview wardrobe. Has it been a while since you had your suits laundered? Or polished your shoes? Tackle those activities now, before you are rushing to attend a hastily scheduled job interview, and while you're at it, spiff up your interview skills as well.

Organize your job search tactics. It's important to use your time wisely when job searching. Make a schedule for yourself so that you're spending time on all the important job search tactics: job searching, resume and cover letter writing, company research, networking, and application follow up. By organizing your job search now, you'll set yourself up for success.

Use this to craft 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.

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5 Ways to impress your job interviewer Abridged: mental_floss

TAMPA, FL -- DON'T OVERDRESS. If you're unsure of what to wear, you can ask. Be dressed as well or slightly better than the level for which you're interviewing so that no one will feel uncomfortable. Sixty-five percent of interviewers say that clothing choice could be a deciding factor between two nearly identical candidates.

SHOW UP AT THE RIGHT TIME. Plan to show up 5-10 minutes before your interview time. Arriving any earlier than that may catch the hiring manager off-guard. Factor in time to get through the office building's security and the elevator system so that you're not late, either. BE POLITE... TO EVERYONE. One way employers judge potential candidates is to see how they treat the first person they meet (usually the receptionist). Not only are your actions before the interview indicative of your manners and personality, but the receptionist or other individuals' input can be obtained to sway the final decision.

BRING SOME GEAR. You'll need a pen, along with a blank pad of paper. If you're interviewing for a tech job, swap out that paper notepad for the latest tech notebook or tablet. LOOK THE PART. Be mindful of what your body language is saying. Sit up straight, look friendly , have a strong hand shake, don't fidget, smile, look the interviewer in the eyes, and don't play with or touch your hair.

[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.

There's a little known "secret career document" you can quickly and easily customize for your next important job interview that literally forces the interviewer to picture you filling the position. This powerful technique was created by one of California's top marketing professionals. His method guarantees you'll automatically stand out from the crowd and shoot straight to the top of the "must hire" list for any position you seek. To ace your next interview and get hired faster visit: The Job Interview Secret.

The Dos and Don'ts of job seeking Abridged: POPSUGAR

CHICAGO, IL -- Do your research. Well before your interview, start preparing as many notes as possible about the company and the interviewer you'll be meeting. Look at the company website, research their clients, and check out their social media presence - anything to ensure you're fully versed on the position and the company.

Don't wait for a job offer to jump-start your career. You don't have to have a job offer to get your career started. Start a blog, get involved in industry organizations, volunteer your writing services - create your own opportunities. Get motivated by researching the backgrounds of people you admire in your field. Do develop networking skills. Talk to as many people in your field as possible, keep your professional online profiles up-to-date, and keep in contact with any former colleague or manager who could later serve as a reference. Work your network to find an 'in' at the company you're applying to.

Don't make your cover letter and resume all about you. It's important to remember the cover letter and resume are about what you can do for the employer. Showcase the skills you have that are most relevant to your prospective employer, and keep the focus on the company's mission and goals. In your cover letter, mention something you admire about the company and how a specific skill you have could benefit that aspect.

Use this powerful job search tool and find a job faster Staff Writer, The Career News

SAN DIEGO, CA -- If you've recently been 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.

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