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Vol. 13, Issue 50 - Week of December 15, 2014

4 Unusual ways to land a job in 2015 Abridged: Business 2 Community

MARLBOROUGH, MA -- 1) Look for people who can refer you to jobs by scouring LinkedIn and Twitter. Do you have a friend who works in a city you want to move to? Are you still in touch with a previous employer who'd have a great industry connection? 2) Connect with industry professionals on LinkedIn. When you connect, send a unique message introducing yourself and stating your purpose for connecting. After connecting, ask them if they know of people within their network that could refer you to job opportunities. This is a great way to cast a wide net during your job search and expand your network of professional connections.

3) Build relationships with recruiters. From LinkedIn to Twitter, recruiters are using social media to scope out top talent. Develop relationships with them so you can get connected to the right people within a company. When you connect, ask them thoughtful questions. Ask about the types of positions they typically fill, about the company's culture and hiring process.

4) Create a list of companies you want to work for and interact! Then start engaging with their content. Ask employers about their company, retweet their content, and connect with employees who work there. Try sparking conversations and say something like, "I really like what your company does! Do you have a blog I can read?" This is a thoughtful way to show employers you're genuinely interested in their company.

How to keep your online resume secure 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 over 90 top career websites like CareerBuilder,, Net-Temps, 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. Keep your job search secure and confidential and post your resume on all the top job sites.

Party your way to a new job! Abridged: USA Today

NEW YORK, NY -- Consider these quick tips when attending holiday parties this year. If nothing else you can use holiday parties to hone your speaking, listening, and networking skills. Challenge yourself to talk to as many people as you can; to remember names; to get good at active listening; to ask probing questions.

If you're in a conversation with someone and the topic turns to work, ask some job-related questions. If the person you're talking to works in your industry, then great. If not, you can still ask where he or she found work; which career sites and job boards they recommend; what weird interview questions they have fielded; and so on.

Holiday parties can be great for rehabilitating otherwise weak connections. Seek out new people to connect with, and if you reconnect with old friends or colleagues - then don't forget to follow up. Try to schedule a coffee get-together for next week, or at the very least shoot the person a quick e-mail or LinkedIn message when you get home. Finally, avoid doing anything that will tarnish your personal brand. Don't drink too much alcohol. Don't spend all night just talking about you, and certainly don't spend it bashing your previous employers. All of these behaviors will only serve to hamper your job search.

Successful tips for job seekers in the New Year Abridged: NBC24

TOLEDO, OH -- For many job seekers the New Year is the prime time to revamp the search for that next big employment opportunity. From putting together a resume and cover letter to researching a potential employer, this can be a lengthy process. It involves drawing on skills you've developed over time, research, planning, writing, speaking, problem solving and self-advocacy. You can be successful in the job search, but it will take a reasonable investment of time and energy.

"Patience is an important part of the process," said Lucas County Work Force Manager, Mike Veh. Veh explains it's good to devise a plan, research desired employers and come up with a quick elevator pitch to best sell yourself. "Create a good quality resume and cover letter with a clean font and make sure you provide a professional email address," said Veh.

You will also need to fine tune your social media presence. Make sure your LinkedIn profile is complete and updated with your recent accomplishments and new skills. Review your other social media accounts like Facebook and Twitter. Make sure the image you present online is representative of how you want to be seen by employers. Also, the first impression can create a lasting impression. Once an interview is secured, make sure you have the right attire for the meeting.

Beat the competition and land a job faster Staff Writer, The Career News

SAN DIEGO, CA -- With a job search engine called MyJobHunter, you can search all top career sites at once & apply to all matching jobs with one click. Just enter your search criteria, review the matching jobs and select the ones you want. Then, click a single button and you'll instantly apply to all selected jobs with your resume and cover letter (without having to log into each job site separately).

Click another button and you can automate the whole process! MyJobHunter can remember what you searched for, search for it again each day, and AUTOMATICALLY APPLY FOR YOU to new jobs matching your criteria. Review jobs in advance or put searching & applying on auto-pilot. The choice is yours.

You'll also get an application history report that makes follow-up a breeze! It shows the jobs you were applied to, full job descriptions, employer contact info, and application dates. You can even add personal notes to each job! This service is proven to reduce hours of job searching and resume submitting to just minutes. Simply upload your resume, enter your job search criteria and let MyJobHunter take it from there. Try a new approach this year when searching for a job online with MyJobHunter.

How to ace the interview when there's no job Abridged: Forbes

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Before the interview, figure out what the organization's biggest challenges are and ask questions about those issues. Do a web search on the firm and read as much as you can. Try to find a connection to someone who works there. Call and ask for a 10-minute chat or meeting. Keep probing until you learn what the firm's weaknesses are. Then direct your questions at the problem or "pain" you've uncovered.

Convince the manager that you're not just a good person to consider when they have a job to fill, but that you're worth referring to another highly-placed contact in the field. Also use the meeting to ask informed questions about the organization. Keep your questions focused and general. For instance you might say, "I read your organization is planning to introduce a new product. I'm interested in how you're going to tackle that." You can ask even more general questions, like what are your key priorities, what are you really focused on now and what are the skills you look for.

Most importantly, make sure you stay in contact, connect on LinkedIn, keep the relationship going and continue to follow up. You never know, you might be offered a permanent position when something opens up or the company decides to create a position for you.

[VIDEO] Ace your next interview and get hired faster 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.

Applications for US jobless aid drop slightly Abridged: Fox News

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits at the beginning of the month, as the continued low levels of applicants reflect growing job security. The Labor Department says weekly applications fell 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 294,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, ticked up a slight 250 to 299,250. Over the past 12 months, the four-week average has plunged 10 percent.

Weekly applications have been under 300,000 for 12 of the past 13 weeks, a historically low level indicating that employers foresee continued economic growth. Applications are a proxy for layoffs. When fewer people seek unemployment benefits, it indicates that employers are retaining workers and increasing their hiring to accommodate more demand for their services and products.

The economy gained 321,000 jobs in November - the highest monthly total in nearly three years, the Labor Department said last week. The unemployment rate held steady at 5.8 percent, down from 6.7 percent at the start of the year. In the first 11 months of this year, employers have added 2.65 million jobs. That already makes 2014 the best year for hiring since 1999. The average hourly wage rose 9 cents to $24.66, the biggest gain in 17 months. Still, over the past 12 months, hourly pay has risen just 2.1 percent, slightly higher than the 1.7 percent inflation rate.

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