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Vol. 14, Issue 26 - Week of June 29, 2015

4 Effective job search techniques you should use Abridged: First Job

BOSTON, MA -- 1) Social Networks to Boost Your Online Profile: Whether you like it or not, there's a good chance companies considering your candidacy are going to take a look into your social media presence. Taking the time to endorse yourself on social media outlets like LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook will give you leverage over other candidates. At minimum, make sure you set up and complete your LinkedIn profile. This professional network gives you an opportunity to control what they discover about your strengths and your brand.

2) Query Smaller Search Engines: Use search engines like Indeed.com or JobsWanted.com that are more likely to give you results that are fit for your needs. These search engines limit their results to job listings only. 3) Target Your Search on Specialized Boards: Using a specialized job board is one of the ways you can limit competition and increase your visibility to employers and recruiters. There are various types of specialized and industry specific job sites you can use to narrow down what you're looking for from an employer and vice versa.

4) Attend More Networking Meetings: Having an elevator pitch prepared won't get you anywhere unless you use it. Whether it's a business convention or a Meetup, get busy putting yourself out there. Connecting one-on-one with someone can land you a dream job that never made its way to an internet posting. Have your business cards and attitude ready and you'll find results.

Cover all your bases and find a job faster Staff Writer, The Career News

LOS ANGELES, CA -- While the job market is very competitive right now, there are still millions of jobs being offered by recruiters and hiring managers who search all of the top career sites and niche job boards. Sure it may take some time, but posting your resume on these 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 92 job boards and niche career sites like CareerBuilder, Job.com, Net-Temps, Dice and more! A comprehensive list of all the sites they post to is on their home page.

If confidentiality is a concern, use Resume Rabbit's new confidentiality feature. Your resume can be seen, however, no one will see your name, street address, phone number or even your current company name. Whether you do it by hand or use a service like Resume Rabbit, creating accounts on all the best career websites will give you access to millions of jobs and exposure to 1.5 million employers and recruiters daily. Cast your net wide, cover all your bases and maximize your exposure to find a job faster.

How to convince an employer to take a chance on you Abridged: The Muse

CHICAGO, IL -- The key to this whole process isn't necessarily to convince the hiring manager to take a chance on you, but to get him or her to actually think you're a good fit for the role. Don't draw attention to your lack of skills or experience. Instead, state your skills and ability to contribute directly. Stay positive, focus on your strengths, and immediately launch into your transferable skills and infectious enthusiasm for the position.

Showcase your transferable skills, additive skills and what sets you apart. That means fully embracing your career background and finding a way to express how that background will uniquely suit you for this job. To get a hiring manager to choose you out of a sea of other applicants, you need to take a risk. Otherwise, you may simply pass under the radar. Maybe you submit a project proposal with your application or compile your writing samples in an online profile. This can help you stand out from the other applicants just enough to show the hiring manager that you may deserve another look - and ideally, an interview.

By proving your worth in your application materials, you'll have a much better chance of landing an interview - and then, you can showcase your cultural fit and passion face-to-face. Do that well, and you just may convince the hiring manager to take a chance on you.

Tips to get recruiters to look at your LinkedIn profile Abridged: CIO Online

FRAMINGHAM, MA -- A recruiter is going to look at a complete profile versus an incomplete one, so make sure it's complete. Upload a professional photo. According to data from LinkedIn, those with a profile photo are 14 times more likely to have their profile viewed than users without a picture. Highlight your experience. Think of LinkedIn as a visual representation of your personal brand.

Show evidence of your hard work. As your career progresses, so should your profile. Keep it updated with new experience, examples of your work, and any advances in your professional life. Education and volunteer work. Forty-two percent of hiring managers report equating volunteer experience to formal work experience, according to a survey by LinkedIn. And listing your education is important as well; you can score 10 times more profile views if you list out your education than those who don't.

Include your industry. Stats show that those who include an industry on their profile are 15 times more likely to be viewed than those who ignore this important step. Stay engaged. Show that you're an active participant in your industry. Do this by sharing content you find on the Web, connecting with colleagues, interacting with your connection's posts, and publishing your own content. Bottom line, LinkedIn should be viewed as your professional brand. Cultivating a strong presence and having a complete profile will go a long way to ensure you catch a recruiter or hiring manager's eye.

Affordable way to have a LinkedIn Profile that gets 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 today.

Looking for a job when you don't know what you want Abridged: Find The Right Job Blog

AUSTIN, TX -- Start with what you can do. List out your skills, job history, and your education and look for common elements. Maybe you're tired of working in the retail industry, but you did enjoy managing a small staff. How can you bring those skills into a different type of environment? Or perhaps you were involved with planning a company event even though it wasn't your main job. Perhaps you can explore event coordinator jobs.

Make a list of attributes that your ideal job might have. This will help you narrow down your options. Deciding up front your ideal work hours, how far you're willing to commute, whether or not you're comfortable with traveling, etc. can help narrow your focus. Talk to everyone you know. Ask people about their jobs, companies, and industries to see if anything sparks your interest. Set up a few informational interviews and join industry associations to get an inside look at what a job is really like before you dive in. You can also do some research about popular industries and check out employer profiles to see if anything clicks.

Browse job postings in your geographical area, using keywords that appeal to you. Be open-minded. The same job title at five different companies might mean five totally different experiences. If you really feel lost, career assessment quizzes can help match your talents, interests, and personality traits to potential career paths.

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.

Helpful networking tips for shy people Abridged: Finance and Investing Principles Blog

NEW YORK CITY, NY -- Start with your existing network. You may not know it, but you already have a built-in network of family and friends that you can practice on. This can help you to get more comfortable and confident with the prospect of doing the same thing with strangers.

Ask for introductions. Your family, friends, and other contacts know plenty of people and they may be willing to make introductions in order to break the ice for you. They can even fill you in on some of the interests or the background of the person you're meeting so that you have a built-in conversation starter to work with, helping to reduce the stress of meeting for the first time. Learn the basics of body language. Take a few moments to watch what others are doing. Approach others individually or in groups, with a smile, a handshake, and with questions ready to strike up a conversation.

Hope for the best, expect the worst. Everyone is afraid of rejection. But don't let that fear allow you to pass up opportunities to further your success. Overcome the fear of rejection by anticipating the worst possible outcome and plan for it. Then, move on to the next person. Remember, others may be just as scared as you, and by taking the first step, you could be putting them at ease. So hope for the best, but have a backup plan just in case.

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