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Vol. 16, Issue 17 - Week of April 24, 2017

The best way to keep your job search a secret Abridged: Time Magazine

NEW YORK, NY -- We've all been there, gainfully employed but daydreaming about the next thing. It's a tricky situation. To avoid burning bridges, look for another job without raising a red flag at your current one. If you're employed and looking, here are some stealth moves that will help you make a smooth exit.

Be Prepared: Take stock of what you have to offer prospective employers. Research what has changed in your field. Skim online job postings for positions similar to yours. If multiple ads ask for a certain skill or certification, you'll probably need to add that to your arsenal. Update your resume and social profiles ASAP, and covertly reach out to your network. Keep It Incognito: As you start to tap your connections, don't spill any dirt on your current employer. You'll also want to avoid feeding the rumor mill at your current gig, so be low-key about your plans to leave. Update your LinkedIn profile, but don't advertise that you're seeking a new job while you're still employed.

Don't Make the Same Mistake Twice: The last thing you want is to join another employer that's not right for you. Spend some time planning your next move and researching prospective companies and industries. Know How to Spin It: Even if your company is tanking or if the management is a disaster, refrain from talking unfavorably about it to a hiring manager. Never bash an employer.

Secure your search! Confidentially post your resume Staff Writer, The Career News

LOS ANGELES, CA -- You've decided to take the leap and look for a new job. But where do you start? While the job market is very competitive right now, there are still lots of jobs being offered by hiring managers who search all of the top career websites. Sure it may take some time, but posting your resume on ALL the top websites will give you better exposure than your competition.

If you want the benefit of maximum exposure, but don't want to spend 60 hours researching and filling out website forms, consider letting a service like Resume Rabbit do the work for you. With this service, you fill out one easy form and in about 15 minutes you'll be posted on up to 85 top career websites like CareerBuilder, Job.com, America's Job Exchange, Dice and more.

If confidentiality is a concern, use Resume Rabbit's confidentiality feature. Your resume can be seen, however, no one will see your name, street address or phone number. Whether you do it by hand or use a service like Resume Rabbit, creating accounts on all the best career sites will give you access to millions of jobs and exposure to 1.5 million employers and recruiters daily. Post your resume on all the top job sites today, to keep your job search secure and confidential.

3 Ways to stand out to a job recruiter Abridged: The Muse

CHICAGO, IL -- Do: Show Off Your Work in a Portfolio - Why not take a cue from designers and architects and display your accomplishments in a portfolio? Even if you don't work in one of those two fields, you can still showcase a recent project in a visually interesting way. Even before the interview stage, a portfolio can help you get noticed. For example, you can create a personal website that showcases your work. You can send the link to networking contacts and even include it your email signature.

Don't: Go for Quantity Over Quality - While employing social media in your job search can be an effective strategy, using it to mass contact decision-makers with a form message is a gimmick - and one that doesn't work. Instead, take a more thoughtful approach. Utilize your professional network. Do you know anyone at the company you'd like to work at? If so, find out whether it has an employee referral program and send a note.

Do: Solve a Company Problem - Do your research on the role you've applied for. What's the team working on? Can you identify any pain points? Even better, can you solve them? Demonstrate how much you want to work at the company by arriving at the interview equipped with fresh ideas and solutions. Knock their socks off with your insight and give the recruiter a sneak preview of what they'll be getting.

How to show a hiring manager you're in high demand Abridged: Fast Company

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Plant The Seed: Project some signals during the earliest stages of your contact. During your initial phone or email conversation, subtly reference any interest that you're generating in the job market. Mention just one or two employers that you're in talks with simultaneously, even if you've only just begun the process with them, but don't overdo it. Once you've started to build some rapport with the recruiter, say something like this: Just to be transparent, I should let you know that my resume is already under review at Company X, and I've been asked to interview with Company Y.

Gently Increase The Sense Of Urgency: If you feel that your application process is dragging, then an email chaser reminding the recruiter of your in-demand status can help to move things along. If you're indeed a good fit, then this should be enough to persuade the recruiter to highlight your resume to the hiring manager and push them to interview you promptly.

Is It Okay To Lie About Your Demand? You will probably get away with small white lies or exaggerations about your demand, but be careful not to overstep the mark. If you tell a fib about having some vague interest from another company, then it's unlikely that any recruiter will contest that information. Ultimately though, if you have a well-tailored resume and a proactive job hunting approach, you shouldn't need to worry.

Free Critique + affordable resume writing services 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.

Three tips for a successful job interview Abridged: Bryant Archway

SMITHFILED, RI -- The first thing you must absolutely do when hearing back from a job is immediately get on your computer and start doing your research. Success in a job interview starts with a solid foundation of knowledge on the job seeker's part. You should understand the employer, the requirements of the job, and the background of the person (or people) interviewing you. Go on LinkedIn and see if you're connected to anyone who has worked or currently works at the company.

Making a good first impression is very important when being interviewed. It's recommended that candidates show up at least 15 minutes before their scheduled appointment. You'll want a few minutes to check in with the receptionist, use the restroom if necessary, and to acclimate yourself with the office. With first impression also comes physical appearance. Your dress, grooming, facial expression, the way you enter the room and your handshake all contribute to this impression.

Make sure to ask questions. It not only shows the interviewer your interest in the company but it also helps you get any additional information you may need. More often than not, this is the part of the interview that really allows the employer to know what kind of person you are and what they can expect from you. Asking questions is often what sets you apart from all the other candidates.

[VIDEO] The secret to nailing your next job interview 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.

How to bounce back from a failed salary negotiation Caroline Gray, Glassdoor

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- Evaluate the failure: Use a failed salary increase negotiation as an opportunity to re-evaluate your current role. Is this, perhaps, a sign that you need to make professional improvements to be seen at the value you're hoping for Stay focused on the future: You need to move forward. This may mean accepting your current salary level and improving yourself for salary advancements down the line. The key will be to focus on the future and not don't dwell on the past.

Create a plan to follow up on the negotiation: Have you achieved new accomplishments or taken on new responsibilities that warrant discussing a salary increase again? If so, go for it. Present the successes and results delivered that support a case for a higher salary. Do salary survey research beforehand, to better understand what the market value of your position truly is, to make sure your request is reasonable and specific.

Stay positive: Always be professional and positive. Let your manager know even if you don't agree with their decision, you do respect it. Work with your boss to meet and exceed expectations: Don't be afraid to ask what you can do to turn that 'no' into a 'yes'. Put together an action plan with your manager so you can get to the compensation level you want in the future.

Search all online job listings from just one website 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, 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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