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Vol. 14, Issue 16 - Week of April 20, 2015

Four essentials for a successful job search Abridged: Job-Hunt

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- If you have decided today is the day to launch a new job search campaign, there are at least four things you should do. One: Define Your Goal - Your career goal should be a specific definition of the type of job you desire. Couple that goal with what you need to do to reach your goal. Candidates with goals are more efficient because they have narrowed their target and focused their efforts.

Two: Research Your Market - Is there a demand for this occupation? What's the forecasted demand of this occupation? Is this a thriving industry? What's the profile of the employers in this industry? Are the employers and jobs in a location in which you are willing to work?

Three: Update Your Resume & LinkedIn Profile - Write your resume with a goal in mind and present yourself as the ideal candidate for your target job. Customizing your resume and LinkedIn profile will demonstrate how you meet the needs of the hiring employer. Four: Create a Plan for a Multi-faceted Campaign - Your plan can be as simple as something you jot down on paper. It's a plan to which you will commit and define detail actions you plan to take on a daily and weekly basis. A multi-faceted campaign is best because you cover all fronts.

Update your job search strategy and save time 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 90 top job sites like Job.com, CareerBuilder, Net-Temps, 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. If you need help finding a job over the competition, try Resume Rabbit today.

Ways to boost your job-hunting mindset Abridged: Shy Job Seeker Blog

BOSTON, MA -- When it comes to job searching, is your mind in a bind? Job searching is a mind game. If your attitude is poor, if you fear rejection, or if you can't take steps that are uncomfortable, you most likely will be looking for a long, long time. So, make up your mind to improve this situation. Here are some ways to boost your job-hunting mindset.

Be single-minded in your job search. Focus on your job hunt as if it's the only thing in your life. Think like an employer. Make your job hunt about your next employer, not about you and your needs. Wake up ready to take action. Before you get out of the bed, create your job search plan for the day. Put some good feeling into it. Bring energy and enthusiasm to every task. Believe. Never waver in your belief in yourself.

Get a little uncomfortable. Get outside of your comfort zone. Don't give up. Vow to keep going to get the job. Consider everything you do to be progress. Pat yourself on the back every day. Congratulate yourself on every job application, every person you talk with, every new opportunity, and every follow up. Remind yourself of your strengths and skills. Don't complain. Be accountable. Show the employer you want the job. Reflect. Take some time to reflect on your job search. This reflection time can help you adjust or keep you on course.

What your cover letter should relay to the hiring manager Abridged: Get My Mom A Job Blog

NEW YORK, NY First, you always need to connect the dots for the hiring manager. If a hiring manager needs to dissect what you're trying to tell them, they will quickly move to the next person. It's not the hiring manager's job to try to figure out what your skills or strengths are. You need to tell them how your experience will make an immediate impact on their position.

Next you will want to use this method: Feature, Benefit, and Emotional Tie-In when speaking about yourself and your skills. You must tie yourself into the position you are applying for specifically. You must relate a particular skill of yours to their job opening. This is how you will connect the dots for them.

Last assume the close. The ending of your cover letter needs to be powerful. End with a sentence or two that puts it all together for the hiring manager. For example: "After reviewing my resume, I'm confident that you will find my track record of success and growth is the best fit for the position of (job title). You are welcome to email me or call me anytime...". This is the call to action from you to the hiring manager. Now you have done more than piqued the interest of the hiring manager, now you have them wanting to dive into your resume.

[Video] Tips on crafting the perfect 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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What to do when a recruiter calls Abridged: USNews Today

WEST CHESTER, PA -- Step 1: Don't panic! Recruiters will do everything they can to make you feel comfortable and are aware that you may be in an open office and unable to talk freely. If you're in a position to take the call, listen first, be inquisitive second. If not, set up a time that works for the both of you.

Step 2: Be flattered - You have been identified, through networking or industry word-of-mouth, as a quality, high-calibre candidate. Be flattered rather than freaked out. It's not every day you are recognized for your talents. Step 3: Make the most of this opportunity - Even if you're not looking for a job now, don't dismiss the call out of hand. Instead, try and impress the headhunter. If you make a good impression, the headhunter will keep you in mind for future opportunities when you very well may want to move on.

Step 4: Recruiters operate at every level, across all sectors - It's a myth that recruiting or headhunting only takes place at senior levels. Many are retained to recruit junior positions right through to director level. With this in mind, anticipate the call in advance so you won't be flustered when the opportunity presents itself. Step 5: Confidentiality - Just as a recruiter will treat this call as highly confidential, they are also unlikely to divulge the name of the recruiting client in the initial stages.

Here's how to find a good recruiter in your industry Staff 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! To find good recruiters looking for qualified candidates in your industry, consider using Resume Mailman today.

How to spend the hour before your interview Abridged: USNews Money

ROCHESTER, NY -- Warm up your vocal cords. Don't let a weak, I-woke-up-an-hour-ago voice set the tone for the rest of the day. Before the interview, speak through your talking points loud and clear, as if you were an actor or actress getting ready for an audition.

Do some last-minute LinkedIn research. Scan your interviewer's profile on LinkedIn, as well as any other websites or social profiles you can find on them. Did you and one of your interviewers attend neighboring colleges? Do you both know Pete from Boston? Did you attend the same conference last summer? Breathe easier knowing you have a shared connection to mention come interview time. Be likable in the interview. Your interviewers are not only hiring, they're hiring someone they'll encounter daily: at meetings, in the break room, at happy hours etc. Show the interviewers you're someone they can relate to and want to work with.

Strike a power pose to boost confidence. Raise your arms up to the sky, look up to the ceiling and smile! Think happy thoughts. Try repeating a few positive affirmations. Think: "I'm perfectly qualified for this job. I'm perfectly qualified for this job. I'm perfectly qualified for this job." Calm your nerves. Nerves mess up a lot of interviews. Whatever ritual, routine or habit that works for you to get in the right mindset to come across as relaxed and confident is really important.

Send your resume to 1000's of hiring managers 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. 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 produce quality responses that lead to interviews and even job offers! Take control of your job search and land more interviews by going to JobsByFax.

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