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Vol. 15, Issue 32 - Week of August 15, 2016

5 Job search tips for workers still employed Abridged: Business News Daily

NEW YORK, NY -- Don't search on company time: Dedicate time outside of work hours to search for a new position. Block out a time that will be used exclusively to peruse job postings, research companies and submit your resume. This will keep you free of distractions and focused on applying for jobs.

Keep it to yourself: To look for a new job while currently working requires wisdom - the wisdom to know who to tell, who to lean on and who not to tell. The best approach is often to remain private about your goals and actions at your current workplace until it's clear that you will be supported. Play it safe online: Be careful when visiting job boards or using social media to conduct your search. A single status update could be enough to alert your employer. You can further minimize the risk of being caught by ensuring your privacy settings are tight and using services that post your resume confidentially online.

Schedule smartly: Most hiring managers understand that you will need to make arrangements to communicate or meet outside of office hours. Schedule interviews for before or after work, or during your lunch break if time allows. Continue to work hard: Put forth your best work and retain strong relationships within your current office, because you may need to use your current boss or co-workers as references for future jobs.

Secure your search! Confidentially post your resume 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, America's Job Exchange, 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. Post your resume on all the top job sites today, to keep your job search secure and confidential.

Important tips to keep your job search a secret Abridged: USNews Careers

BOSTON, MA -- LinkedIn is one of the top choices for recruiters and employers to search when looking for talent. So before you make any fixes to your LinkedIn profile, change the notifications settings to off. Make sure your profile is complete and includes the right skills for the jobs you're interested in. After you adjust your notification settings, begin spiffing up your profile by making changes to older jobs, adding samples of work, or by making changes that don't scream you're on the hunt for a new job. Don't use your work computer or phone for your job search, not even after hours or during breaks.

Post your resume with caution. Of course you want to add your resume to various job boards and career sites, but use caution. Before you post your resume, remove your name and contact information from the resume. Instead, list your profession as your name and list only your city and state. Your email and phone number could easily allow a curious manager to find your information. Next, replace your most current company name with "confidential" or "current employer".

Tell people your job search is confidential. If you decide you do want to share your current career info, make sure you tell the person you are still employed and would like to keep your job search confidential. People understand how important this is and will keep your secret.

#1 Resume improvement all job seekers can make Peggy McKee, Careerealism

CHICAGO, IL -- The #1 resume improvement any job seeker in any field can make is simple: Quantification. Quantification means to describe your accomplishments in terms of numbers, dollars, and percentages. For instance... "Led accounting team for division" is less effective than "Led team of 14 accountants in a $34M division." Numbers are attention-grabbing, hard evidence of your success. They make hiring managers sit up and take notice of your resume. Seeing the numbers helps them put it into perspective and see you as more valuable.

Quantification boosts your chances of getting called in to interview. Almost anything can be quantified. All jobs contribute to the bottom line of a company in some way - if they didn't, the company couldn't justify keeping someone in that role and paying them. All you need to do is think about how you in your job contributed to those goals. Show that new potential boss how you can benefit their company.

You may not have complete records of everything you've accomplished. Simply guesstimate. Don't exaggerate. Be be able to back up your numbers with some kind of evidence and stories that support it. Anything you can do to begin quantifying your accomplishments will help you stand out from other applicants and get you the interview. On top of that, it will set you up to appear more valuable to the hiring manager when they do interview you.

Free Critique + affordable resume writing services Staff Writer, The Career News

NEW YORK, NY -- Did you know that the average job opening has 250 applicants competing for it? What's worse is 70% of those applicants will be eliminated from the candidate pool by an applicant tracking system. That means that only 30% of applicants make it to the desk of hiring managers. But, wait. It gets even worse!

Hiring managers use the 30 second test to eliminate 80% of the remaining candidates. That means, that on your first pass in front of the eyes of a hiring manager, you have less than 30 seconds to impress them. Career professionals like to call this the "applicant black hole." What many people don't realize is that they aren't even getting their resume into the hands of hiring managers for reading! What can you do to avoid the black hole?

Well, for starters, you need to realize that it isn't your skill-set or your accomplishments that are ruling you out, it's your resume! A self-written resume has a 6% chance of being read. A professionally written resume has a 60% chance of being read and generates 2-3x as many interviews as a self-written resume. The Career News has arranged a special deal with TopResume and is offering free resume evaluations. Their resume experts will read your resume and give you actionable tips that will instantly make your resume more professional. Get your free-resume critique from an experienced resume writer.

The most important question to ask during a job interview Abridged: Business Insider

CULVER CITY, CA -- By now you know that what you ask in an interview is just as important as the resume points you've prepared. But if you're running short on time, here's one question you shouldn't skip. According to Becca Brown - the co-founder of Solemates and a former employee of Goldman Sachs - the way to wow your potential employer is to ask: Where do you see your company in five years?

Brown, who's interviewed at least 60 candidates for her company and dozens more as a Goldman Sachs employee, tells us that the worst thing you can do is come without questions. After that, one question in particular gets her every time.

"The most common question I receive from candidates is, 'What have you learned about starting a business from scratch?' I always enjoy answering this question, because I am always learning more as our business grows - so that question really never gets old," she explained. "But one I have received only a few times from candidates but think is a very good one, is, 'Where do you see your company in five years?'" It works so well, Brown says, because "it illustrates their desire to understand our goals and vision as a company." Plus, "having this conversation in the interview process allows us to assess overall compatibility, and see how the candidate may be able to contribute to these goals."

[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 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.

How to stay organized during your job search Abridged: Her Agenda

ALBANY, NY -- 1) Make a Spreadsheet: Make an Excel spreadsheet or Google Doc to keep track of important details about the application process. Start off with the following columns: Company Name, Position Name, Date Applied, Date Interviewed, Notes from the Interview, Sent a Thank You Note, Followed Up, Heard Back. You can also have a column for additional notes, for example, you may want to write down whether you were referred by someone, whether you sent references, or anything else you don't want to forget!

2) Use Desktop Folders: Make a folder on your desktop where you will store all of your files related to the job application process. Make individual folders for each company you apply to and store your resume, cover letter, thank you note drafts, and any other necessary files there. 3) Use Dropbox or Google Docs: Save files to Dropbox or Google Docs and open them on any computer, phone, or tablet. You can edit documents and they will be saved across all devices. Save your job application files there so that you can save, send, and stay organized wherever you are.

4) Organize Your Email Correspondence: Create an email folder for all of your job application related correspondence. If you want to get super crazy, assign each company with a different label color and have additional labels to mark the stage of the application (i.e. heard back, didn't hear back, followed up).

Search all online job listings from just one website Staff Writer, The Career News

SAN DIEGO, CA -- If you've recently been searching online for a job, you realize there are literally thousands of different websites all listing potential job matches for you. Amazingly enough, even the biggest employment sites have less than 10% of available jobs listed online. Yet finding and then searching through thousands of different job boards and company websites is nearly impossible. Conversely, overlooking any one of these sites could cause you to miss out on the job of your dreams.

Wouldn't it be great if you could search all online job listings from just one website? Well you finally can, with a new job search engine at JobsWanted.com. This site works just like Google, Yahoo or Bing, except it searches only for targeted job listings from sites like: CareerBuilder, Beyond.com, Job.com, SimplyHired, Jobs2Careers, and more.

You simply plug in your job title and desired location, and in seconds you can review all your best job matches pulled from all the top job sites -- and all in one place. Now instead of spending endless hours bouncing around to countless different job sites, the jobs are brought right to you in seconds. The best part is there's no charge for this service, no sign up required, and you can try it right now. Just go to: JobsWanted.com.

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