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Vol. 5, Issue 46 - November 14, 2005

Want a holiday job?Abridged:

RICHMOND, VA -- The holiday season means big business, and even though the economic outlook is not as positive as we would hope, many companies are hiring hourly employees in some capacity. Retailers, restaurants, merchandisers, and hotels are just a few examples of industries that beef up their employee ranks to brace for the holiday rush.

As with most things in life, the early bird gets the worm. Even though it's early fall, it's not too soon to begin your search for a holiday job. Many companies begin hiring seasonal employees in September, so you may also have a wider selection of opportunities the earlier you start.

Though the holiday season lasts only a few months, the benefits of holiday employment can last you far into the future.

Consider working with a recruiterStaff Writer, The Career News

NEW YORK, NY -- When looking for a job, you may want to consider working 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! Give Resume Mailman a try today.

Campaign for higher minimum wage kicks offAbridged: Market Watch

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass, said during a Monday news conference that the "Let Justice Roll Living Wage Campaign" would bring attention to local and federal fights to increase the federal minimum wage. Seventeen states and the District of Columbia have minimum wages higher than the federal level and other states such as Arizona, Michigan, Ohio and Colorado are considering adding ballot initiatives.

At the news conference, the National Council of Churches USA and the American Friends Service Committee released a paper showing the economic arguments that support raising the wage level. It cited a study by the Fiscal Policy Institute of 11 states with minimum levels higher than the federal government. The study found that total employment increased 6.2 percent from January 1998 to January 2004 compared with a combined 4.1 percent for states with the federal minimum.

But Tim Kane, an economist with the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, said a minimum wage increase would actually hurt the poorest Americans working in unskilled jobs. A higher wage would create a "very small effect" where the number of available jobs would decrease. For example a higher wage might draw more teenagers into the workforce to compete with existing workers in industries such as hospitality, restaurants and leisure.

Most mistakes made during interviewAbridged: Robert Half Finance & Accounting

MENLO PARK, CA -- Acing the interview is no easy feat, a new survey shows. Nearly one-third (32 percent) of chief financial officers (CFOs) polled believe job applicants make more missteps at this stage of the hiring process than at any other. Twenty-one percent of those polled said the greatest number of errors occur on resumes. The survey includes responses from more than 1,400 CFOs.

"Not knowing enough about the company or position, displaying a bad attitude or inquiring about compensation prematurely can all leave a negative impression with hiring managers," said Max Messmer, chairman of Robert Half Finance & Accounting. "Thorough preparation -- including researching the employer, rehearsing responses to common questions and understanding appropriate topics to discuss -- is the key to avoiding potential pitfalls."

According to Messmer, how candidates behave during an interview is often viewed as a barometer of how they will perform if hired. The resume also is a critical job search tool, Messmer added. "The most fail-safe method for ensuring all application materials are error-free is to have a friend or family member review them before they are submitted."

'Fax' you need to know about your job search Staff Writer, The Career News

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA -- There's nothing easy about job searching. What's especially frustrating for many job seekers is a disappointing response rate. However, it's important to note that a job search is based on a numbers game. For example: If you get your resume in front of 1000 hiring managers, you should get 10-50 quality responses leading up to 5 interviews. If you don't pay attention to 'how' you are sending your resumes, your actions might only serve to put your resume in a pile with hundreds of others - if it even makes it to the pile at all.

Consider a more focused approach to your job search. A search that increases the number and quality of responses by using a targeted list of industries and decision makers who are looking for people with your skills. This new type of search also employs an affordable delivery system that ensures your resume will be seen by the right person. Impossible?

Not at all! We recommend using a service called JobsByFax. This service is simple to use, effective and an affordable way to ensure a more focused and satisfying job search. You'll have instant access to information on thousands of companies and their decision makers. JobsByFax combines quality and quantity by faxing your resume to potential employers and recruiters. In fact, it's been statistically proven that sending 1000 resumes using JobsByFax can yield from 10 to 50 quality responses. JobsByFax will revitalize your job search and guarantee quality responses that lead to interviews and even job offers! Take control of your job search by going to JobsByFax.

Anticipate layoffs within your company?Deborah Walker, CCMC, Career Coach and Resume Writer

WASHINGTON, WA -- A harsh reality of today's economy is the need for corporate downsizing. Layoffs and losses are becoming more and more common. But you can prepare for any worst-case scenario by keeping your resume up-to-date.

Don't make the mistake of being overly optimistic. It's safer to assume that you are on the "out" list. Most people who get caught unexpectedly in a layoff thought they were indispensable to their employers. You might be important or well-liked, but remember that the bottom line always has a louder voice than you do. Get your resume ready as soon as you see any indications that downsizing is on the way.

Don't mistake company loyalty for a fear of change. Often employees would rather take their chances with a potential layoff than make proactive steps toward finding a new job. Once they're laid off, it's already too late. Remember, as a candidate, you are always more marketable while still employed. Avoid this trap and start your job search early with a resume and cover letter that are up-to-date and top quality.

Time for a career change? Staff Writer, The Career News

MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- Want to know a way to figure out whether your current career path is the right one? Get to know yourself a little bit better. It's hard enough finding jobs these days, but finding a job that is as enjoyable as it is personally rewarding can be a hard balance to achieve. Perhaps it's time to look within for the answers.

One way to find out the best career direction for you is by using a complimentary service like MAPP. There is a series of questions that asks you to select what you like the most and least amongst three things. Then, you are rewarded with an in-depth analysis of your likes and dislikes, working environment preferences and suggestions as to which careers might be best suited to you. For your complimentary analysis and to get your career on the right path, just go to MAPP.

Part I: Breaking in as a new telecommuterPamela La Gioia, Telework Recruiting, Inc.

LOUISVILLE, KY-- Telecommuting. This flexible work option is gaining momentum. Employees and employers alike are seeing the benefits of this type of work arrangement. In fact, many larger companies now have formal telecommuting programs allowing their trusted employees to work remotely. But how easy is it for new employees to telecommute? It seems that even companies with telecommuting programs usually require onsite work to establish trust before giving them this option.

Experienced RPG programmer, Barbara Chaderton, illustrates this dilemma. "I usually interact with recruiters, not employees," she says. "When recruiters hear 'telecommuting', they either tell me they'll speak with the employers, and then I never hear back from them; or, they stop dead in their tracks and quickly end the phone call."

In spite of hesitation many employers still have, there are some fields and professions that seem to offer better chances of telecommuting. Next week, we will review professions that are telecommuting-friendly to new employees.

Post your resume online confidentially Staff Writer, The Career News

LOS ANGELES, CA --Many companies are currently searching to fill jobs necessary to achieve their 2006 business plans. And while posting your resume on several career websites may help you land one of these jobs, many people are afraid of who may see their resume along with other concerns of confidentiality.

If you want the exposure, but don't want your current employer to see your resume posting, consider using the Confidentiality feature of Resume Rabbit to post your resume to all of the top career websites at once. With this service, you fill out one easy form and in about 15 minutes you'll be posted on up to 75 top career websites.

And while your resume qualifications can be seen and you can be contacted via email, no one will see your name, street address, phone number or even your current company name. And you'll save over 60 hours of work in the process. Give yourself instant access to thousands of jobs and exposure to 1.5 million employers and recruiters daily by going to Resume Rabbit.

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