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Vol. 14, Issue 20 - Week of May 18, 2015

5 Tips for searching for a job while still employed Abridged: Payscale

SEATTLE, WA -- 1) Keep It Quiet. In the majority of cases, you don't want your current employer to know that you're looking for a new job. One way to ensure that your search remains a secret is to share it with as few people as possible. Only share your plans with people that you trust completely.

2) Don't Let Your Work Suffer. It's easy to get so focused on your exciting job search that you start to let your work slip in your current position. Don't fall into this trap. Keep working as hard as you can to earn the glowing reference you'll need when you search for your next position. 3) Ask for Confidentiality. Don't list your current employer or co-workers as references if they don't know you're searching. And as you interview with new companies, be up-front with your desires to keep your search confidential.

4) Don't Change Your Habits. Don't show up to your casual office wearing a suit and tie. Play it safe by keeping an interview outfit in your car and making it a point to keep your behavior fairly consistent. 5) Search on Your Own Time. Be honest about your situation and see if interviewers will work with your schedule. Don't search for jobs on your work computer or use your company phone or email to communicate with potential employers.

Confidentially post your resume & secure your search 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 up to 90 top career websites like CareerBuilder, Job.com, 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. To keep your job search secure and confidential, post your resume on all the top job sites today.

What to do when your boss finds out you're job hunting Abridged: The Muse

CHICAGO, IL -- Do not lie. Yes, you can sugar-coat the truth a little. Whether you've just been updating your resume or you're on interview #3, a broad, simple statement like, "To be honest, I have been looking around a bit..." works best. Next, follow up with the "why". "...Because I'm Moving (or Changing Careers)." If you want to work in a different field entirely, make sure to share that with your boss.

Another response may be, "...Because I'm Worried about My Job Security." If you're looking for a new job because your company or department is going through any kind of hard times, restructuring, or other turmoil, be honest with your boss. Elaborate that you know what's been going on, and that while you love your job, it makes you nervous that you may be unemployed. Hence, you're putting your feelers out there.

What if you're not moving or changing careers - you're simply looking for a new job that doesn't include working for your current boss? That's tougher, but you can try something to the effect of, "You know, a friend recommended me for a position, and I thought it would be interesting to learn more." Then add, "but it's not quite a fit" to avoid follow-up questions - no need to let your boss know you're secretly hoping for a second interview.

Itching to start a business? Start with these 3 steps Abridged: Yahoo Finance

NEW YORK, NY -- Flirt first with being fun-employed. Fun-employed people can have seemingly oddball jobs that they love. It's about choosing your own adventure. If you already have a job, try your passion as a part-time job first. Dip your toes in the entrepreneurial water before diving in. Take your time. Knowing what you don't want to do is just as important as knowing what you do.

Ask if you are really ready. To determine if you truly are ready to start your own business ask yourself these questions: Do you have 6-9 months of expenses saved up? Have you researched the profession? Have you studied the competition? Have you come up with a business plan? Are you already established in the industry? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it seems like you just might be the ideal candidate to start a business.

Assume you are going to suck at starting your own business. In the beginning, it's better to have low expectations, then you can exceed them. Just because you're a small-business owner doesn't mean that you know how to be a boss. Know what you don't know. You can learn what you need to know, or you can know a little about a lot and get to a point where you can hire people way smarter than you are for the rest. Delegating is a must, but you still have to get your hands dirty.

Easiest way to start your own business Staff Writer, The Career News

LAS VEGAS, NV -- Have you dreamed of owning your own business but don't know where to start? Franchises are becoming more and more popular as a way for people to buy and own their own business. Here are 4 main advantages to owning a franchise.

First, you're able to operate your own business with the security of working with a large company. Second, the start-up, operations and general business plans are laid out for you with training and support from the franchisor. Third, you reduce your risk due to the success of the franchisor's reputation & experience. Fourth, it may be easier to borrow money to start a franchise than an independent business.

If you've been thinking about starting your own business, we recommend a free consultation with FranChoice, the premier "matchmaker" of the franchising industry. During your consultation, the consultants from FranChoice will help you identify franchise businesses that meet your criteria based on your goals, skills and preferences. Then they'll guide you through the franchise investigation process and answer all your questions. FranChoice is paid by the various companies offering franchises to help them find suitable matches. So sign up for a free consultation today!

5 of the worst job hunting myths Abridged: Business Insider

BOSTON, MA -- Myth: Typeface matters for your resume. If you're applying for a job in typography, then sure, your typeface matters. Otherwise, here is what's important: The resume is easy to read and in reverse chronological order; Accomplishments for each job are spelled out; The resume doesn't contain inappropriate items, like race, gender, age, and political opinions; The resume has been proofread and all corrections made.

Myth: You need an objective at the top of your resume. No, no you don't. These objectives are universally awful. Companies know that you're applying for this job because your objective is to get this job. Leave it off. Myth: You should call the recruiter immediately after applying. The recruiter and the hiring manager both know you want the job because you applied. You don't need to call and let them know you want the job or see if they received your resume.

Myth: You should ask for an informational interview to get a job interview. Informational interviews should be about information. They aren't a backdoor way into a job. Myth: You should do something creative to stand out. Now, while there are success stories, the reason they hit the news is because they are not the normal way people succeed. The way you stand out in the job hunt is by being the best candidate. Good hiring managers are looking for skill and fit, and the other things are often irrelevant.

Improve your LinkedIn profile and get noticed Staff Writer, The Career News

LOS ANGELES, CA -- Two hundred million users can't be wrong. LinkedIn has exploded onto the employment search scene and is now used across 200 different countries. It has sparked a recruiting revolution of sorts, as many hiring managers search its massive database of prospective employees before even announcing a job opening. Is your profile being found?

If the content within your profile is a simple copy-and-paste from your resume, you could be damaging your chances of landing that dream job. The Career News recommends having your profile overhauled by "LinkedIn Builder", the professional writing service with a rapidly growing list of happy clients. The company will turn your LinkedIn content from passive to powerful in 72 short hours. Here's how: Precise, targeted headline; Conversational summary section with a perfectly social tone; Optimized job descriptions crafted to ensure maximally visible 100% profile completeness; Fast, email delivery with easy upload instructions; Downloadable DIY Guide loaded with best practices, LinkedIn insights and how-to tips.

LinkedIn Builder's writers specialize in structuring your online professional profile to effectively chronicle your career, achievements and key skills. Their writers possess the knowledge and cross-industry expertise to link your career aspirations with a smashing online presence. Opportunity is waiting. To land more interviews, get started now on your LinkedIn profile makeover.

3 Keys to a killer cover letter Abridged: KCRA Money

SACRAMENTO, CA -- The basic format of a good cover letter is: A three-sentence paragraph up top that summarizes your skills and experience that are explicitly related to the job in question; A bulleted list of achievements that are directly related to the job. A summary paragraph that says you really think you'd add to the company's bottom line and that you'd like to set up a meeting to talk. Consider the following tips:

Stand out. You want to stand out for your skills and experience. You should follow a generally accepted format so that if you do have things that are great about you, those things stand out and catch the hiring manager's attention. Use bullets. When people read cover letters, they are in a hiring mindset. That is, they are expecting to scan a page and get a general idea of someone. Try including three to five key bullets. Make them so strong that they get you the interview before the interviewer gets to the resume. Once the bullets are on the letter, you can bet that the recipient will read those first.

Write from the recruiter's point of view. Address the person by name if possible. In the opening paragraph, write what skills and experience you have that will allow you to do a great job in the position you're applying for. Highlight your relevant experience and use words from the job description.

[Video] Tips on writing 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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