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Vol. 16, Issue 7 - Week of February 13, 2017

Check out these 5 expert job search techniques Abridged: CareerCast

CARLSBAD, CA -- Get creative: Your resume should be constantly evolving and changing to make sure that it's up to date, memorable, and hard to ignore. Get out of your comfort zone: The fact is, most people aren't willing to get out of their comfort zone, and those that do are able to open up new paths and doors that weren't there before. Get off the beaten path, and think of different approaches to old problems. That means getting a little dirty, sometimes.

Become a Networking Warrior: It's not what you know, it's who you know. Don't be shy about networking and start getting out there. Give your LinkedIn profile some serious work, or transform yourself into a permanent fixture at networking events. The fact is, employers hire based off of employee recommendations. You need to be one of those recommendations.

Know your value: Do some research and figure out what skills you have, and what they're potentially worth to a company in your industry. Always go into a negotiation with realistic expectations. Do your homework: Dig into the details of the company that you're applying to, the industry it's in, and the individuals you'll be meeting if granted an interview. When preparing for the interview, have a plan to demonstrate how and why you're the perfect fit, and discuss your skill set as it relates to what the company is looking for.

Maximize your exposure and land a job faster 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 CareerBuilder, Job.com, Beyond.com, ZipRecruiter, 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.

Key tips to land your next interview Abridged: USNew

NEW YORK, NY -- Only apply for jobs meeting your specific qualifications. Don't waste your time applying for jobs you don't have the skills to do. Don't say you can "do anything." It may be true, however, hiring managers want to know what you can do for them. So apply with a specific job in mind and avoid sounding desperate. Send a cover letter explaining what you offer and make a direct connection between the employer's needs and your skills and accomplishments.

Always target your resumes to each position. Recognize your application has two audiences: a computerized applicant tracking system (ATS) that selects qualified candidates - before a human being ever sees your materials. What does this mean for the applicant? Customizing your resumes to appeal to the ATS is your best chance to be selected for interviews. Skim the job description for keywords. Look for industry jargon and buzz words, specific technical skills, and other job-related specifics.

Apply with a resume the ATS will be able to interpret. Many applicant tracking systems are not able to translate the information from a PDF resume into their system. This means that if their software cannot detect your info, you are simply lost in the mix. To be on the safe side it's best to submit your resume in a standard Word .doc format. After you submit your application, it never hurts to follow up with a polite phone call or e-mail several days after you apply for a job.

Simple resume tips to improve your interview success rate Abridged: The Ladders

CHICAGO, IL -- Resume Length - A resume should be no more than two pages total. If you have less than 10 years of experience, it should be about a page long. Resume Structure - At the top of your resume, list your contact information. At the bottom, showcase your education. Professional Summary - Summarize your professional goals, experience, and strengths. Here are some things to include:

  • Job titles: List 3-5 job titles that you would consider. Don't worry if you haven't had this job in the past.
  • Professional skills: After you've listed out the types of jobs you would accept, think about the skills you'd need to leverage in those jobs. List 4-6 relevant skills that you possess. However, don't list skills that are obvious or assumed.
  • Accomplishments: List 3-6 phrases that outline your past achievements.
Work History - Provide a chronological list of your professional experience, beginning with your most recent role. List the names of each company, dates of employment, and job titles for each role. Use bullet points to highlight key accomplishments. When listing out your accomplishments, showcase a number, dollar, or percentage increase/decrease in each bullet point. Your Audience - Think about who will be reading your resume. The hiring manager wants to know what you can do for him and his team. He will be looking for proof that you know how to handle the type of projects and problems that will arise on this job.

Not landing interviews? Get a free resume critique! Staff Writer, The Career News

NEW YORK, NY -- Did you know that the average job opening has 250 applicants competing for it? What's worse is 70% of those applicants will be eliminated from the candidate pool by an applicant tracking system. That means that only 30% of applicants make it to the desk of hiring managers. But, wait. It gets even worse!

Hiring managers use the 30 second test to eliminate 80% of the remaining candidates. That means, that on your first pass in front of the eyes of a hiring manager, you have less than 30 seconds to impress them. Career professionals like to call this the "applicant black hole." What many people don't realize is that they aren't even getting their resume into the hands of hiring managers for reading! What can you do to avoid the black hole?

Well, for starters, you need to realize that it isn't your skill-set or your accomplishments that are ruling you out, it's your resume! A self-written resume has a 6% chance of being read. A professionally written resume has a 60% chance of being read and generates 2-3x as many interviews as a self-written resume. The Career News has arranged a special deal with TopResume and is offering free resume evaluations. Their resume experts will read your resume and give you actionable tips that will instantly make your resume more professional. Get your free-resume critique from an experienced resume writer.

4 Fixable job search mistakes Abridged: The Muse

BOSTON, MA -- 1) Are There Glaring Errors in Your Materials? Don't let typos hold you back. They show poor attention to detail, they make it look like you rushed to put something together and they don't get picked up by applicant tracking systems. Always make sure your resume is error free.

2) Is Your Cover Letter Like Everyone Else's? Remember, the job description outlines exactly what the company is looking for in their ideal candidate. It includes clues as to which of your strengths you should mention in your cover letter. If your application looks the exact same before you've found the role, after you've read about it, and when you're ready to hit submit, you might be doing something wrong.

3) Do You Simply Send Off Your Application and Wait? There's more to getting an interview than simply pressing submit. The key to getting someone's attention is to reach out to them. Send a short LinkedIn message or an email informing a recruiter or hiring manager that you applied and ask for the opportunity to interview. 4) Have You Kept Your Job Search a Secret? It's often easier to secure an interview when you're referred internally. So, speak up earlier to increase your chances of getting your foot in the door. When reaching out, research the company first, and have a target position in mind before asking for a referral.

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.

Set your job search goals this year Abridged: Robert Half International

LAS VEGAS, NV -- Goal #1: I will update my resume before I start my job search. Don't wait to update your resume until you find a job that interests you. That prevents you from applying for the position right away. So, don't delay. While you're at it, review your LinkedIn profile and make sure it reflects your most recent professional accomplishments.

Goal #2: I will look for a job that makes me happy. Assess your professional and personal goals and determine exactly what you're looking for in a new job. What would make you happy? As you conduct your job search, have a clear picture in your mind of the job that would allow you to reach the objectives you've set. Goal #3: I will audit my online presence. Assume all potential employers will review your LinkedIn profile. Some will also look at other online channels to see if they can form a more complete picture of you as a candidate. Consider how you present yourself on social media and online forums. You may need to do some digital housecleaning.

Goal #4: I will strengthen my skill set. Do whatever you can to gain an advantage over the competition. Learn a new skill or earn a certification. Your skill set may need a boost to remain relevant and attractive to employers. Pursuing professional development shows initiative and a commitment to learning. Certain in-demand skills and credentials can also help you negotiate a higher salary.

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