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Vol. 17, Issue 2 - Week of January 8, 2017

Network your way to a new job this year Abridged: Job-Hunt

SCOTTSDALE, AZ -- Being out of work is not easy. Many people who are unemployed have turned to job search websites which specialize in searching and providing you with the perfect available positions. Today, job search websites are more popular than ever for job seekers because of all they offer. Those who are still working and are interested in looking for a new job may use job search sites that allow them to block their resume from their current employer.

There are several job search websites that provide more than just job listings, some provide the opportunity to post a resume, offer resume critiques and resume advice as well as give free resume templates. Job search sites allow searches that include filtering by towns, within certain geographic boundaries and also by salary and/or experience. As the demand for well paying jobs continues to grow, the popularity of job search sites continues to grow as well.

Those who elect to use job search sites should take note of all of the terms of service, and privacy policies. While most sites are fairly consistent, you do not want to risk having your information exposed to those who should not have access to it. Job seekers should consider using the confidentiality feature on job boards and job search sites to keep their private information secure.

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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.

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How to shine a spotlight on your soft skillsAbridged: USNews

SEATTLE, WA -- Oral and Written Communication Skills: These skills, along with the ability to get along well with others, are often the determining factors of why a candidate is hired over others. It's the secret sauce, the one thing that can put you ahead of other candidates. Be impeccable with your communication during a job search.

Self-starting/Self-motivating: Employers are looking for you to demonstrate a "can do" attitude. Someone who is engaged in their work and possesses the ability to proactively run with something from start to finish. As you prepare to ace your interview, think about an example to share when you were self-motivated. Share your enthusiasm around this both in your tone of voice and body language.

Integrity: It's critical to have a sense of integrity and maintain strong ethics. Interview the company as much as they're interviewing you. Do they seem to possess integrity and ethics? During your interview, allude to a time when perhaps you witnessed something that may have crossed the line of ethics with another colleague and show how you flexed your "integrity muscle" to handle the situation appropriately. Work Independently: Whether you've owned your own business or not, show your entrepreneurial side. This means highlight your ability to stay on task and keep projects moving efficiently regardless of your presence in the office - detail how you're able to stay connected and not miss a beat.

A great way to start your next cover letter?Abridged: The Balance

BOULDER, CA -- The first sentence or two of your cover letter are the most important ones. Be direct. In these opening sentences, you want to explicitly let the reader know which position you're applying for. For example: "I am interested in the Coordinator position at ABC company."

Mention a contact. If someone referred you to the position, include that information as well. For example: "Jane Doe let me know about the job, and suggested I apply for the position." State an accomplishment. Try to state an accomplishment from your previous job. If you can, show how you added value to the previous company you worked for. You might even add the job title you had if it's similar to the one you are applying for.

Express excitement. Convey your passion for your work, and your excitement about the job and company. Your cover letter is an opportunity to sell yourself to the hiring manager, and to share why you're well qualified for the job. For example: "I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to meet with you to discuss what I have to bring to the position at ABC company." Use keywords. If you can include any keywords from the job listing, do so. For example, you might mention a skill you have that was included in the listing. Don't overdo it though. You want your letter to read naturally, not appear like it's stuffed with keywords.

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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.

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Become Your Own Boss in 2018Abridged: Entrepreneur

SEATTLE, WA -- Develop a Life Plan: This enables you to build a business that aligns with your personal goals. Your life plan should outline your financial, personal, learning, and retirement goals. Check Your Finances: Develop a plan to assess your full financial picture. Start by calculating your net worth. Develop a budget. Over the next 12 months, start saving 20%-40% of every paycheck. You should also have a 750 or higher credit score and eliminate any credit card debt.

Examine Your Business Skills: Look at what skills you have and what skills you need to run your business. Be honest when making your list of skills. Consider working part-time for a business like the one you want to start to gain industry experience. Marketing Plan: Who's going to buy your product or service and why will they buy from you? Business success is all about understanding your customer and providing a solution. Develop a marketing plan before you attempt the business plan to make sure there's a viable market for your business idea.

Business Plan: Developing your business plan will help you think through how you're going to run the business. It will help you clarify your sales goals and sales channels. Start out using a business plan software to get going. Launch While Working: Be a side hustler at first. Use your evenings and weekends to work on your business.

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Use your email signature to stand outAbridged: Sacramento Bee

SACRAMENTO, CA -- Leverage your signature. There are several elements you can adjust in your signature line to make your email professional and unique. For example, include your branding statement. Your statement is a combination of your skills, values, experience, how you stand out from peers in your industry. It should make clear what you bring to an employer that most people don't.

Don't have one yet? Don't just quickly write something up to put in your email signature. Take time to ensure your branding statement will properly represent your unique skill set while making your value to an employer clear. Include a link to your LinkedIn profile. If you have a personal website or an online portfolio, include them here as well. This will make it easy for the hiring manager to learn more about you.

List your email address and phone number. Make it easy for a hiring manager, recruiter or HR professional to get in touch with you. If they're checking your email on a phone or tablet, your email and phone number will appear as live links, making it easy for them to tap to respond or call you. Finally, prioritize which elements best represent you as a professional. Just because you can include all of these elements in your signature doesn't mean that you should. Having too long of a signature can also seem unprofessional and overwhelming.

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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.

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