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Vol. 16, Issue 50 - Week of December 11, 2017

Strategies to beat out more experienced competition Abridged: FastWeb

WESTON, MA -- Work on the Employer's Terms: When economic times are tough, employers looking to fill entry-level positions tend to hear from more-experienced workers. While these candidates say they'll do anything to work again, employers have been burned by these people and they eventually ask for more money - or else quit. To beat out the competition, reassure employers you'll take an entry-level position on their terms. Tell them, "Even though I'm not going to know everything right away, I'm willing to be your trainee and work on your terms."

Stress Salary Flexibility: If you're a new grad, you haven't been working in the real world so most offers won't look like a pay cut. If anything, it'll be a pay increase. Because of that, you can tell employers you won't be looking to go somewhere else in three or six months. Get Experience: Somehow: If you have little or no work experience in your chosen field, you may have to make sacrifices in the short term and do whatever you can to gain experience, be it interning or volunteering.

Out-Market Competitors with a Career Portfolio: Sometimes, seasoned job candidates simply send out resumes and rest on their laurels. If you go beyond mere words by telling prospective employers you have a portfolio highlighting your education, skills and accomplishments, then you can sometimes be seen as a credible candidate by an employer, thus increasing your chances of competing with others who are more experienced.

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 84 top job sites like Job.com, CareerBuilder, America's Job Exchange, 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.

Simple job tips people often forget Abridged: USNews

SEATTLE, WA -- Make Yourself an Obvious Fit: Many times when you go through an online application process, your application is screened by an applicant tracking system before it is screened by HR. Try to ensure that everything about your application is simple and straight-forward enough for both the computer and human eyes to review it. A useful tip for doing this is to study the job description and available information you have on the position and mirror the words and phrases used.

Modify Your Resume and LinkedIn Profile: Your resume and LinkedIn profile might be aesthetically breathtaking but that will do you no good if the content is not what employers are looking for. You should endeavor to modify wordings, key terms, bullet points etc., as well as add new skills and education gained over time to your resume and LinkedIn profile to help better position yourself as a direct match for the roles you're applying for.

Give Yourself Permission to be Polished but Endearing: Few people get hired just because they had the perfect resume, cover letter, and memorized the correct answers to all the interview questions. It's much better to balance being polished or perfect in your interview delivery - with being endearing. Memorable and likable candidates are often the ones who go the distance and eventually get the job.

5 Ways to make your resume stand out in 2018 Abridged: Brookdale Careers

BRENTWOOD, TN 1) Review Your Most Recent Accomplishments. Got a new title? Make sure to add that. If you've taken on new responsibilities add them. If you're having trouble remembering things to add, review your work emails, calendars, and which projects you worked on. Were they successful? If so, make sure they make it onto your resume.

2) Add metrics. Update your resume with numbers and statistics that pack a punch. If you beat your sales quota by 20%, get it on the resume! Showing how you moved the needle for your company (or previous companies) will help you stand out. 3) Get feedback from a recruiter. Find a recruiter or hiring manger in your industry to review your resume. Ask for honest feedback and tell them you take their advice very seriously and will update your resume based on their recommendations. Then do it.

4) Create an online resume, website or portfolio. This is especially true if you are in certain fields like marketing, design, sales, and web development. No matter your career, an online website or portfolio is a way to enhance your personal brand and wow potential employers. 5) Make sure your LinkedIn profile and resume match. You will be researched online. Trust us. Don't raise any red flags by having different titles or dates on your resume and your LinkedIn profile. After you finish updating your resume, use it to also update your LinkedIn profile.

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.

Tips to finding a job in the new year Abridged: Snagajob

NEW YORK, NY -- Reflect: No matter how successful your job search was this year, think about what worked and what didn't. Try to find any lessons you can apply to the new year. Were you prepared for interviews? Did you forget to spell check? Going over your past mistakes can make a huge impact on your job search moving forward.

Follow up: We always encouraged you to follow up. It's a super easy way to stand out among other applicants. Be sure to check the job posting just in case the employer says not to reach out. If you're in the clear, wait 3-5 days and then go in person, call, or email to ask about the status of the position. Be Prepare: Job seekers typically think they can wing it in an interview. Big no no! You should be ready to answer all common job interview questions so that you don't seem unprepared to the interviewer.

Mock interview: While preparing is always important, there is nothing more beneficial than actual practice. Doing a mock interview with a friend or family member before the big day will calm your nerves and allow you to see what you should work on before the actual interview. Maybe you say "um" a lot or twirl your hair. Catching these things early will make sure you nail the job interview.

The secret to acing 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.

When job seekers talk the talk Abridged: American University

WASHINGTON, DC -- If you're a job seeker driving your friends and family crazy with job search conversations, a new study finds you're doing something right. New research found that people who talk about their job search with family and friends were more likely to stick to it. Should we talk?

The researchers found that job seekers who engaged in repeated and excessive talk about job search issues with friends and family were more likely to engage in job search activities including revising resumes, applying for jobs and seeking job leads from their network. Survey participants who avoided talking about their job searches were more likely to procrastinate.

Their findings suggest that some positive behaviors might result from an increased amount of sharing and talking about one's job search. It might be that any sense of urgency created by the repetitive discussions is overridden by the focus on understanding all about the job search and, as a result, potentially generating new ideas about the types of job search activities to be executed. It's important to understand that searching for a job, can benefit from some level of experience when sharing with one another. In fact, simply talking about one's job search experiences seems to help maintain a level of intensity in job search activities.

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