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Vol. 16, Issue 49 - Week of December 4, 2017

Tips on improving your job search in 2018 Abridged: Monster

NEW YORK, NY -- Set Realistic Expectations: Setting realistic career expectations is key to conducting a successful job search. If you are not seasoned in your field of choice, look for positions that will let you broaden your skills. You may not secure that management job this time, but you will be well-positioned for future opportunities.

Review Your Resume: Your resume may not be attracting the right attention, and it could be time to spiff it up a bit. Ask someone to critique your resume, and be open to their suggestions. Reevaluate Your Approach: Looking for a job is a full-time job in itself. If you are dedicating a few hours a week to your job search, consider stepping up your efforts.

Reevaluate Your Situation: If you are employed and seeking greener pastures, reassess your situation. Now that you've had a chance to look around, you might decide things are not that bad where you are. Take a Break: It may sound simple, but sometimes what you really need is to get away from the stress of job searching. If you can afford to, give yourself permission to take a week or two off. You will be surprised how your outlook can change.

Maximize your exposure and land more interviews 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 86 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. To maximize your exposure and land more interviews, get your resume posted on all the top job sites.

3 Killer job interview questions Abridged: Fast Company

WASHINGTON, DC -- What does success look like for new hires at the company? It's better to know even before day one what it would take to succeed in your position. This question gives the hiring manager a chance to spell out the qualities of high performers in the organization. Once you have a clearer picture of this, you can better demonstrate how those identified qualities are aligned with your work ethic, professional goals, and overall personality.

How would you describe the team and manager I'd be working with? Yes, getting a job is important, but it's even more important to work at a company where you're supported by a boss and colleagues who are proactive about helping you grow. Nothing has a bigger impact on your ability to develop and grow in a role than the amount of mentoring and focus you can get from your manager.

If offered the job, what would you recommend I do to get off to a great start? This question gives you intel on what it would take to stand out immediately. Asking this question helps the interviewer visualize you in the role. So in addition to getting yet another chance to reassure the interviewer why you're up for the challenges ahead of you, it's also a useful data-gathering opportunity. It allows you to determine where you would need development and provides you with advice toward that development - all in one response.

Cover letters that don't suck: 3 Steps Abridged: LinkedIn

SEATTLE, WA -- The Hook: Introduce yourself and your story. Drop enough hints along the way so that recruiters feel compelled to read further. Here are two techniques for the hook: "The Name Drop" - If you've networked with this company, you can allude to conversations you've had in the past; "The Subtle Brag" - Pick out something from the company's website or job posting that you know they value when looking for candidates. Then, open this paragraph with a one-liner that exemplifies this skill or trait.

The Primary Story: It's easy to claim that you have skill A or B but it's much more effective to show it. Prove that you'd excel at the job by telling a story about a time you've already done it. Start by identifying the most important skills for the job at hand. Then take the recruiter on a journey showing that you've been doing this job for ages, just in other contexts. This story can come from past jobs, extra curriculars, or even side projects and hobbies.

The Secondary Story: This story is complimentary to the primary one. Identify the other skills your recruiter is looking for. These will likely be softer skills like teamwork or communication. Awesome! This makes it easier to find and position a story for this paragraph. Simply revisit your resume, grab the most impressive experience where you've used that soft skill and plug it into the same storytelling format used in the previous example.

[Video] Easily crank out a perfectly-written 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.

Work on yourself to develop true mastery Abridged: Medium Personal Growth

BOULDER, CO -- "Work hard at your job and you can make a living. Work hard on yourself and you can make a fortune." - Jim Rohn. Your work is a reflection of you. If you're not getting the results you're looking for, stop looking for better strategies. Instead, look inside.

Are you currently the person who would attract the level of success you seek? Your outer conditions are a reflection of your inner reality. As James Allen has said, your circumstances reveal you to yourself. Where you are right now: that's you. If you want something different: improve you. Most people focus on their craft or their "job." That's all well and good. However, you'll get far more bang-for-your-buck by focusing on yourself. 20% of your energy should be devoted to your work. 80% of your energy should be devoted to rest and self-improvement. This is what fuels your work and makes it better than others'. Self-improvement is more than books and true rest is renewal.

While others are trying to improve their job, you're continuously improving yourself, expanding your vision, skills, and abilities. Within a short period of time, you'll have developed true mastery. Everyone else is trying to hone their "craft." Don't work on your job. Work on yourself. When you do, your work will far exceed what other people are painstakingly producing. Your work will be cleaner, clearer, and more powerful because you'll be more evolved as a person.

Easiest way to start your own business: Free Consultation Staff Writer, The Career News

LAS VEGAS, NV -- Have you dreamed of owning your own business or running a side gig, but don't know where to start? Franchises are becoming more and more popular as a way for people to buy and own their own business. Here are 4 main advantages to owning a franchise.

First, you're able to operate your own business with the security of working with a large company. Second, the start-up, operations and general business plans are laid out for you with training and support from the franchisor. Third, you reduce your risk due to the success of the franchisor's reputation & experience. Fourth, it may be easier to borrow money to start a franchise than an independent business. If you've been thinking about starting your own business, we recommend a complimentary consultation with FranChoice, the premier "matchmaker" of the franchising industry.

During your consultation, the consultants from FranChoice will help you identify franchise businesses that meet your criteria based on your goals, skills and preferences. Then they'll guide you through the franchise investigation process and answer all your questions. FranChoice is paid by the various companies offering franchises to help them find suitable matches. So it's free to you and there's no commitment or pressure to buy. Instantly sign up for a consultation with a franchise expert .

Step up your job hunt during the holidays Abridged: Forbes

CHICAGO, IL -- Taking a break until the New Year is tempting, but you could be missing out on the perfect job opportunity. For one thing, since fewer people are actively looking, you have less competition. Sometimes you can wow a prospective employer just by showing up.

Most job seekers hit the pause button during the holidays. But this can be "the perfect time" to expand your network and find a new job. For example, one job candidate dropped everything on Christmas Eve and drove to the Dallas-Fort Worth airport to meet with a hiring manager who happened to be passing through and had a two-hour layover. The interviewer was so impressed by the candidate's willingness to sacrifice his time on the night before Christmas, he hired the guy on the spot.

Additionally, most people are in a better mood at this time of year. If you've tried and failed to get an interview with a company where you'd like to work, try again now. Plenty of employers who have been unusually slow to bring new people on board in the first three quarters of 2017 may now be up against a deadline. Some companies know they need to hire for the first of the year, and hiring managers have been putting it off for months. So they're motivated to get the process rolling.

Search smarter with this job search engine 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.

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