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Vol. 14, Issue 35 - Week of August 31, 2015

Tips to help you get employed faster Abridged: CheatSheet: Money & Career

ASHEVILLE, NC -- Time your search right. Some seasons are more favorable for job searchers than others. If you're itching for a change, start your search at a time of year when companies are more likely to be looking for new employees. The big months for hiring are January and February, and late September and October. Job seekers who make contact right at the start of these cycles have the best chance of being hired.

Let people know you're looking. Reach out to former co-workers and others in your network and ask for a favor that might help move your job search along. People are more likely to help if you give them something concrete they can do. For instance, you might ask your neighbor if she can connect you with a hiring manager at her former company, or you might ask your old manager if she'd advise you on the companies you're considering.

Show employers what you've done. At the top of your resume and LinkedIn profile, use a summary statement that focuses on your relevant accomplishments. Show hiring managers and interviewers what you've done in the past and how that will make you a better employee for them. Also, consider volunteering in your industry. It can give you exposure to varied skill sets and make you a more versatile, attractive employee, not to mention a more competitive job seeker.

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 90 career websites like CareerBuilder, Job.com, America's Job Exchange, 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 and maximize your exposure to find a job faster.

Tips on overcoming job search misery Abridged: USNews Money

NEW YORK, NY -- Have fun: You're allowed to have some fun, even if your job search has been unsuccessful. Think about what makes you happy, and do it. If money's tight, find cheaper variations of those activities. For example, if you like to go to dinner and a movie with friends, nix the expense by inviting folks over for an at-home movie and potluck.

Vent: Yes, the job search can be cruel and unfair. But if you carry an ounce of that negativity in any correspondence with a potential employer, you may be the one coming off as a jerk. It's normal to feel upset. Try turning to exercise and/or meditation to vent your negative feelings. Get some perspective: When you're in a prolonged job search, you start doubting everything you have to offer an employer. It may help to curb your expectations and toughen up. The search process is going to be long, particularly for folks without years of experience or who are transitioning to a new industry.

Find a part-time job: If you're unemployed and struggling financially, get a side gig like a part-time job, contract or temp work. This will help you pay the bills, while chipping away at any debt you may have accrued. Revise your search strategy. Start targeting companies you want to work for. Then find ways to build relationships with their employees through your LinkedIn connections.

Classic job interview myths debunked Abridged: Proverbs Consulting

DALLAS, TX -- Myth #1: Dress for the Job You Want : This usually translates into wearing formal business attire. Sometimes following this advice can spell disaster if you're interviewing at a company with a laid-back culture. First, try to find out what employees usually wear at the company where you'll be interviewing. If you're 100% sure that the company culture is laid back, it's okay to go business casual. Dressing nicely and professionally is key. Clean, pressed, conservative.

Myth #2: Turn Your Weakness Into A Strength : Most hiring managers are quick to sniff out the studied response that frames an actual strength as a weakness. Instead, offer a response that shows you've done serious self-refection and can admit responsibility and accept constructive criticism. Be confident and show that you're working on this weakness and tell the recruiter how.

Myth #3: Try Not To Discuss Money: This is a trickier one because sometimes the hiring manager will come right out and ask you to name your salary requirement. Not only does it put you on the spot, but it can also back you into a non-negotiating corner. If you do blurt out a dollar figure, follow up with the interviewer in this way: "After speaking with you in person and gaining a more in-depth understanding of your needs, the salary range that I request is ______." Add something that was mentioned in the interview to back you up.

[VIDEO] The secret to nailing your next job interview 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 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 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 nail your next interview and get hired faster, check out this free video.

3 Ways to get poached from your current job Abridged: Forbes

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- 1) Start attending industry meet-ups. Mark your calendar for periodic industry events so that you can network with recruiters. Recruiters are calling people they get referred to. Join your local chapter of the professional organization associated with your occupation. Additionally, it's an efficient way of checking in on what the latest tools and skills are for your field.

2) Position your personal brand. Update your resume and LinkedIn profile each time you complete a project or step into a new role. Position yourself as an attractive find without officially moving into job search mode - or alerting your present employer that you might be looking - by focusing on your achievements. Don't just stop at LinkedIn. Recruiters now rely on your entire web and social presence. So make sure any information you have on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr is positioned in such a way to make you an attractive candidate now.

3) Actively cultivate your passive job search toolbox. In addition to LinkedIn, there are a host of excellent resources available for professionals who aren't actively searching for a new job, but would be willing to consider a great opportunity. There are a host of apps that cater to the so-called "passive job seeker," including many focused on jobs in specific industries. The time to start passively letting recruiters actively hunt for you is now.

Get professional help with your LinkedIn profile 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 maximum visibility; 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 your LinkedIn Profile makeover today.

Ready to live the dream and work for yourself? Abridged: Business News Daily

BOSTON, MA -- More and more people are starting their own business or becoming self-employed. There are many advantages, but perhaps the biggest is you become your own boss, take control of your future, and in effect become the master of your destiny. For people over 50, self-employment or starting your own business can be a way of using your knowledge and skills to earn money or turn a hobby or passion into a way of life. It also allows you to work flexibly and decide on your workload.

For example, you may choose to work part-time or only during certain times of the year if that's what you want. You could also use your experience and knowledge to become a freelance consultant, sharing your skills with others who need them. Examples of businesses you can start today include: Web Design, Event Planner, Bookkeeper, Computer Repair, Virtual Assistant, Copywriter, Photographer, Personal Trainer, Pet Groomer, or Handyman to name a few.

Want to be your own boss, but not willing to take on the risk of starting your own business from scratch? Franchising can be a great alternative if you want to have some guidance in the start-up phase of the business. One main benefit of going into a franchise is that you start off with a framework for success. The franchisor has developed a system that makes attaining profitability much easier than if you were to start from scratch.

Great way to start your own business. Free consultation! 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 it's free to you and there's no commitment or pressure to buy. To instantly sign up for your consultation, just go to FranChoice.

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