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Vol. 16, Issue 42 - Week of October 16, 2017

Getting a job with the help of strong and weak ties Abridged: USNews Money

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Have you ever wondered if it's really worth your time to network with people you don't know? Can a stranger really help you find a job? In a study on the varying strengths of networking connections, Facebook analyzed United States user profiles to see how strong and weak ties influenced job search. The power of strong ties. According to Facebook's research, "stronger ties had higher probabilities of helping a person find a job." And this makes sense. Your close friends are more likely to help you find a job. They care about you and are willing to go the extra mile. The downside is that you have a limited number of close friends. This is where the power of weak ties comes in.

The power of weak ties. The value of weak ties is in their numbers. You have more acquaintances than close friends, and therefore the larger quantity is what improves the probability that these weaker ties will help your job search. Weak ties don't know you as well, however, but are still willing to help.

Based on Facebook's findings, it is fair to say that everyone you know can potentially help you during your job search if you let them know you are actively seeking a new role. Job searching is a game of numbers, so you'll want to tap into both the quantity and quality of your network. For maximum results, your job search strategy should incorporate using both strong and weak ties.

Work smarter and land a job over the competition 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, Careercast, 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.

5 ways to improve your professional reputation Abridged: Payscale

SEATTLE, WA -- 1) Trust yourself: Start working on how you feel about yourself professionally. Have faith in your ideas. Believe in your abilities. If you know that you're reliable and highly capable, others will find it easier to see that too. 2) Demonstrate uncompromising integrity: You want to be seen as a person of your word. So, never make a commitment that you don't intend to honor. Be honest, and always do your best work. When you can consistently demonstrate that you live and work with uncompromising integrity, your professional reputation is bound to soar.

3) Keep learning: Commit to an ongoing learning process. Take classes online or in person. Go to conferences. Read books. And, have conversations with others about what you've learned. You'll be more engaged and more knowledgeable, and you'll be demonstrating a real commitment to your field that others are sure to notice.

4) Continue to network: Your professional network should continue to grow with each passing year. Nurture new connections, and keep up with old contacts, too. You never know what the future might hold. 5) Manage your online presence: Your online public presence is something that needs to be constantly tended and intentionally cultivated. So, stay aware of what you're putting out there. Keep private stuff private. And never forget that anyone can and will check you out online.

Five quick tips for creating a successful resume Abridged: The Seahawk

WILMINGTON, NC -- MAKE YOURSELF AN EXPERIENCED PROFESSIONAL. Many employers are interested in candidates who already have some experience so they don't have to spend time training that person. Experts recommend that job seekers find specific internships related to their field so that they can develop the experience employers want.

HIGHLIGHT SPECIFIC SKILLS THE EMPLOYER WANTS. Job seekers who lack direct experience in their field can still create an attractive resume by highlighting similar skills, matching them to those listed in the job ad. Be sure to draw connections from previous experience. List relevant coursework, internships and extra-curricular activities and describe them in a way that mirrors what the employer is looking for. CHECK GRAMMAR AND USE SIMPLE FORMATTING. Spelling and grammar mistakes are a quick way to make an employer turn the other way. Therefore, it's important to avoid these errors at all costs.

LIST THE STRONGEST SKILLS FIRST. Job seekers with limited experience should list their strongest skills first to immediately grab the employer's attention. List skills that are most applicable to the employer. If coursework is the strongest area on the resume, students should list this first and go into detail about what each class covered. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ONLINE CAREER PROFILES. Many employers proactively search for candidates via online professional sites such as LinkedIn. Infuse yourself into a network with other people who are doing things you would like to do.

Need help with your resume? Get a free 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.

How to develop and nurture professional references Abridged: Wisconsin State Journal

MADISON, WI -- Learn how to form and maintain professional relationships. This is an essential skill to build. As you meet people who are invested in your career - whether they are mentors, supervisors or peers - make it easy for them to be familiar with your accomplishments.

Keep your relationships active. Relationships are a two-way street, so do your part by nurturing them. Connect regularly with your professional contacts to talk about challenges, solicit advice or share information they might find useful. You can do this in person or by sending a quick email. Don't let relationships end when you change jobs. It's always a good idea to stay in touch, even when you move on. Ask permission. When you need to provide a list of references, all of your relationship-building will make that conversation easier to have. Explain that you're searching for work and ask if it's OK to use them as a reference.

Coach your references. Describe the job you're interested in and what specific skills you'd like them to speak about on your behalf. Always say thank you. No matter what happens with the job, make sure to express your appreciation to your references and let them know the status of your search. Offer to act as a reference. If you're impressed with your colleagues' work, do whatever you can to pay it forward. Provide positive feedback to their supervisors or submit a recommendation on LinkedIn.

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.

Career advice: Find a job when you're over 50 Abridged: USA Today

NEW YORK, NY -- Dust yourself off: Figure out new trends in your desired field and make sure you're up on them. Improve your skills as necessary, and update your resume. Emphasize the skills you've honed over years in the working world and the unique bundle of expertise and experience you bring to the table. Answer this question: How is your age an asset rather than a liability?

Reach out to your network: The benefit of your age and experience is the huge number of people that you have gathered into your circle over the years. Make use of the people you know--don't be shy. Keep your contacts current and make sure to utilize them. It's still very much a "who you know" world out there. Know your tech inside and out: Don't just get tech savvy. Show off your knowledge. Let potential employer's know that you own and wield the right devices and that you have a social media presence and are actually adept at working with the various platforms.

Don't forget to negotiate: Your age, position, and experience are actually an asset - don't let anyone convince you otherwise. Once you get to the hiring stage and are discussing compensation, remember that you might be due a higher salary point and even a "compensation package" rather than the entry-level of your bright-eyed peers. Ask for what the position and your experience deserve without apology. You've earned this!

Have you tried this new job search engine yet? Staff Writer, The Career News

LOS ANGELES, 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, SimplyHired, 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 for free.

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