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Vol. 15, Issue 48 - Week of December 5, 2016

Top 5 tips for unemployed job seekers Abridged: Diverse Ability Magazine

IRVINE, CA -- 1) Dare to Dream: Know what you want and why you want it before hitting the job market. When skill and interest are combined they are usually also accompanied with passion, which a recruiting or hiring manager can plainly see.

2) Identify In-Demand Skills: While perfecting your skills is essential, knowing how they fit in the market for talent is also important. Demand for certain skills is always evolving - yet some are consistently in higher demand than others. Matching your interest to those of talent managers can be the key to getting a good job. 3) Let Everyone Know! The best way to find a job is through networking. Tell your friends, families and people you meet about the job you are seeking. Go to networking events. Promote your interests on social media.

4) Getting a Job Is a Job: Getting a good job is usually a marathon, not a sprint, especially for the long-term unemployed or those who are making a career change. Set aside certain hours for networking and research. Post your resume to multiple job boards, identify open positions, and then network to find the hiring manager. 5) Practice Makes Perfect: Never go to a job interview without practicing beforehand. Have someone you trust play the interviewer. See where you can improve your answers. Use the practice interview to ace the real one, and get the job you want!

Update your job search strategy and save time! 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.

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Job hunting tips for out-of-town job seekers Abridged: US NEWS

NEW YORK, NY -- It can be quite difficult for a job seeker to secure a job in an area where they're not a resident. That said, here are some tips that can give out-of-town job applicants an edge over the competition. According to a report from US News, job seekers should keep in mind that the hiring process could take longer than usual if they're applying from out-of-town. So try not to become frustrated if things don't happen quickly.

With regards to moving, applicants should put the new location on their resume or use the address of a close friend or relative that already lives in the area. It's also important to note, local hiring managers are aware of the hassles when hiring out-of-town applicants. What the job seeker could do is try to lessen these hassles by minimizing the problems hiring managers commonly deal with when considering an out-of-town applicant. For example, the applicant could make it known that they're willing to negotiate and possibly cover their own travel expenses, forgo relocation assistance, and/or provide a concrete date that they can report to work when hired.

Yes, job opportunities are greater in the big cities. No wonder so many unemployed people from faraway places, and nearby places for that matter, are flocking to the cities. Armed with these simple job hunting tips, out-of-town job seekers can grab the attention of the local hiring manager and increase their chances of landing an interview.

LinkedIn SEO: How to optimize your profile Abridged: Online Media Masters

SEATTLE, WA -- Choose Your Keywords: Think of some keywords you want to be found for. Keep in mind that "social media consultant" and "social media consulting" are two different keywords. So if you want to rank higher for both, they should both be in your keyword list.

Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile: Always fill out your profile completely. Use a professional head-shot photo, write intro summary, list your job experience, education, volunteer work etc. Use your keywords in your professional headline, job titles, projects and main body content. Get Recommendations: Besides making yourself look reputable, recommendations also add to your profile's SEO. Getting a recommendation for each job position will double the strength of the keywords listed in your job titles. Once you approve the recommendation, it will appear on your profile along with the job title's keywords.

Join LinkedIn Groups: You can join up to 50 groups and unlimited subgroups. Joining a group with 1 million people will make you more relevant in search to those 1 million people. If you're targeting a specific city, try searching that city in "LinkedIn Groups" to see if there's any good ones to join. LinkedIn Search Engine: Continue growing your network and connections daily. Click "Add Connections" in your profile and use your email address to invite email contacts. On your main profile page, there's a link that says "People You May Know" near the top right. Have at it.

Get your LinkedIn profile optimized by a professional Staff Writer, The Career News

LOS ANGELES, CA - Currently 88% of U.S. recruiters now tap into LinkedIn to find qualified job candidates, according to a recent report conducted by the site. In short, LinkedIn has become the first, and top, platform that recruiters and HR pros access to do job searches and build their candidate pool. 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 get noticed and land more interviews, get help with your LinkedIn profile today.

3 Simple tips for sending your cover letter to employers Ariella Coombs, Work It Daily

CHICAGO, IL -- Most employers read the cover letter first. If it doesn't grab their attention, they may not read your resume. Not sure how to go about sending your cover letter to employers? Here are some critical things you should keep in mind before you hit that send button.

1) PDF IT - Try sending your cover letter as a PDF so your formatting doesn't get screwed up, unless you're instructed specifically by the employer to send it differently. Why? Because your attachments can be sent to multiple people within the company and you don't want your amazing cover letter to get lost at the bottom of an email chain.

2) Proofread! - Proofread all your career documents several times. In fact, have a family member or friend also review them to see if there are any spelling or grammar mistakes. If you think you've proofread it enough, do it at least one more time to be sure. This is one of your first impressions. Make it a good one! Don't let typos or grammatical errors hurt your personal brand. 3) Leave out the email address until the last minute. When crafting your cover letter, make sure you don't put the hiring manager's email in - until you're 100% sure your message is perfect. You don't want to accidentally send it before you have proofread it a couple times and are sure it's free of typos and grammar mistakes.

[Video] How to craft 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! 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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Holiday job search? Don't miss out on getting hired Abridged: Career Confidential

DENVER, CO -- When is the best time of year to look for a job? Contrary to popular belief, it's right now - during the holidays. Many employers typically do a lot of their hiring in December and January. Why? Some are using up year-end budgets, and some are gearing up for the new year.

On top of the heavy hiring rate, many job seekers take a break from the hunt during the holidays - which leaves you with less competition. When you contact hiring managers, you have less noise to cut through to be heard. What are the networking and job search tips you need to get a job during the holidays? During the holidays, you have some unique seasonal opportunities to boost and build your network. It's critical to your success, right now and in your future career, to learn how to network effectively.

Use the season to renew a few relationships by reaching out to people you haven't spoken to in a while. Attend a few holiday parties, introduce yourself and start a conversation. In a holiday job hunt, it's more important than ever to contact hiring managers directly. People do get busy with their own holiday plans and some take extra time off. They often don't get around to posting jobs as fast as they should. Catch them before they do and you've positioned yourself perfectly to get the interview.

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