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Vol. 16, Issue 25 - Week of June 19, 2017

3 Weaknesses ALL career changers must address Ariella Combs, Work It Daily

BOSTON, MA -- 1) You don't know what you already have to offer. Transferable skills are hard skill sets that transfer to different roles and industries. For example, public speaking, project management, and customer service are all transferable skills. So often, career changers haven't done the homework on themselves. So, look at your skills and strengths, and ask yourself how you can provide value to another industry. What do you have to offer? You have to connect those dots. Employers won't do that for you.

2) You don't have a clear idea of where you want to go. In order to move into a new field or job, you have to have a game plan ready. You need to have a clear strategy of where you want to go, what you want to do, and how you're going to do it before you make the leap.

3) You don't have a strong network. Most people don't realize how effective a strong network can be during a job search. If you're changing careers, it's even MORE important. Your network is your net worth, and it's going to help you make that lane change. If you want to make a smooth career change, signal your network so it knows you're looking for something different. Focus on developing relationships and nurturing your current connections. They're going to be the ones to let you know when an opportunity arises.

Career Changers: Confidentially post your resume Staff Writer, The Career News

LOS ANGELES, CA -- After deciding to make a career change, the last thing you need to have happen is for your employer to accidentally find out that you're looking for a new job. But there are steps you can take to keep your job search confidential. And while the job market is very competitive right now, there are still millions of jobs being offered by hiring managers who search all of the top career sites. Sure it may take some time, but posting your resume on all the top career sites 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. This useful tool helps you organize your search efforts and saves you time, while allowing you to focus on networking strategies. Just fill out one easy form and in about 15 minutes you'll be posted on 85 top career sites like Job.com, CareerBuilder, Careercast, Dice & more.

If confidentiality is a concern, use Resume Rabbit's confidentiality feature to secure your online resumes. 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 job sites will give you access to millions of jobs and exposure to 1.5 million employers and recruiters daily. Instantly post your resume on all the top job sites, to find a job faster.

Are you secretly unhappy at work? 3 No-fluff fixes... An, Bourmanne, The Muse

CHICAGO, IL -- Stop Pretending: The first step is to be honest with yourself. As simple as it sounds, this can be the hardest thing to do -- but it's also the most important. Pushing your unhappy feelings away won't make them disappear. You need to see the issue before you can solve it. So, be really honest with yourself -- no self-censoring allowed.

Let Go of "Should" and "Can't": Instead of focusing on what will make you feel happy and fulfilled, you're living according to the "shoulds," "can'ts," and "supposed tos." In reality, you've built a career that looks good on the outside but feels rather empty on the inside. So, take a good look at your "shoulds" and question them. When you allow yourself to honestly assess your activities and commitments, you'll likely find that your priorities and what truly matters to you become clearer than ever. And you'll be amazed by how much more energized and empowered you'll feel.

Start Small: Pay attention to what you've learned in steps one and two -- as well as what really energizes and fascinates you. Then, do a little of that each day. Pitch an idea to a supportive supervisor. Partner with a detail-oriented colleague. Proposing new initiatives will help right your course. You don't need to burn bridges or make big, sweeping changes overnight. Small steps create real change and provide momentum to keep going.

5 Habits of successful job seekers Abridged: The Playbook

LANSING, MI -- 1) Don't just network -- connect! LinkedIn reports that "super job seekers" go beyond surface networking and cultivate connections through their circle of acquaintances, friends and family. Job seekers can begin with a list of 15 names, and if each contact leads to three additional names, suddenly the candidate has connections to 60 people.

2) Be conscious of your social media footprint. Potential employers will research! From LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, your posts and social media activity project your personality and interests. Incorporate images on all of your accounts that are authentic to your spirit--project power, poise, confidence and innovation. 3) Your resume uses key power words. What will make your resume stand out in a stack? Powerful language! Here are the most impactful words to start working into your document: "accelerated, streamlined, leveraged, cultivated, exposure to, spearheaded and focused around."

4) You've done your research. Learn who the company's top competitors are. Knowing how your target company is measuring up in the market as a whole will give you the edge you need. Command the interview by having done your homework with organized notes about market trends and/or other relevant data. 5) Become a storyteller. You only have a few minutes to make an impression and distinguish yourself from the crowd, so turn up your personal story! To get the attention of the hiring manager, tell a brief and powerful story that demonstrates what you get done when you work.

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.

What to write in your cover letter Abridged: The Prepary

BOULDER, CO -- Out of all of the things that people struggle with in the job search, the cover letter takes the cake. So here are some easy tips on what to write in a cover letter.

  • Explain why you are uniquely qualified to do the job you're applying for. This means you need to read the entire job description carefully and make a solid case for exactly why you are the best person to do that job.
  • Share relevant accomplishments and examples. Your resume shows the full picture of everything you did in all your jobs, but the cover letter should be a curated slice of that pie. In it, you should be saying, "look, I've done a lot of stuff, but here's the stuff that you're going to care about the most based on the role you're hiring for."
  • Convince them you actually care about what they're doing. Companies want to know you actually have a specific interest in working for them, not just applying to a million jobs to see who happens to get back to you.
My general formula for cover letters is a quick intro paragraph, a paragraph or two on your most relevant experience (tying it directly to their job), a paragraph on why you want to work for their company, and then a 1-2 line closing. That's it!

[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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3 Strategies to help you master your next interview Abridged: Careers in Government

SCOTTSDALE, AZ -- Practice: Take time to practice for the interview (mock interviews). You can practice on your own or you can elicit the help of others. Mock interviews are extremely important because they can help to get your nerves under control, help you to make sure your answers are concise, your tone is confident, and to learn your resume and experiences.

Prepare: Preparing means you take time to develop answers for common interview questions. A quick Google search will reveal some of the popular interview questions. Have a few well-structured answers developed that you can pull from during the interview. Look through the job posting to learn what traits and skills are important to the company. Once you identify these traits and skills, you can insert them into your answers. Also be sure to never leave an interview without asking your own questions.

Develop the right mindset: You can practice and prepare as much as necessary but if you have the wrong mindset, none of it will matter. It's important to have confidence during the interview. Remember that your resume was chosen and you were selected for an interview among all the other candidates. Know that the interview is not just for the company but also for you. This is also your chance to see if the company is a fit for you. And remember, preparation is the key to success and YOU CAN DO IT!!!

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