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Vol. 16, Issue 33 - Week of August 14, 2017

3 Secrets of a successful job search or career change Abridged: Forbes

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- 1) Know what you want. Most people don't know what they want, or they know what they want but don't believe they can have what they want. They've been told their whole lives to settle. Yet, in spite of this conventional wisdom, people are using their talents and making their dreams come true every day. People who have decided to express their creativity are sharing their talents and going for their dreams.

2) Understand the tools you need to change jobs or your career path. Job seekers need a relevant resume that's pertinent to the job they are applying for - each time they apply. They need to know how to write compelling cover letters. They need an optimized and completed LinkedIn profile that both corroborates their resume and expands upon their experience. These tools are must-haves for every job seeker. They must also network and be mindful of their social media footprint. Last but certainly not least, they need to know how to interview well.

3. Put it all together and repeat the process as often as necessary. This calls for patience, persistence and dogged determination. Do you have the courage to go for your dream? Do you need help? Perhaps you can't pull all of this together on your own. If now, there are many career and life coaches available to help you. If you feel like you can't do it alone, seek help.

Career Changers: Confidentially post your resume Staff Writer, The Career News

LOS ANGELES, CA -- After deciding to make a career change, the last thing you need to have happen is for your employer to accidentally find out that you're looking for a new job. But there are steps you can take to keep your job search confidential. And while the job market is very competitive right now, there are still millions of jobs being offered by hiring managers who search all of the top career sites. Sure it may take some time, but posting your resume on all the top career sites 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. This useful tool helps you organize your search efforts and saves you time, while allowing you to focus on networking strategies. Just fill out one easy form and in about 15 minutes you'll be posted on 85 top career sites like, CareerBuilder, Careercast, Dice & more.

If confidentiality is a concern, use Resume Rabbit's confidentiality feature to secure your online resumes. 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 job sites will give you access to millions of jobs and exposure to 1.5 million employers and recruiters daily. Instantly post your resume on all the top job sites, to find a job faster.

How to create a list of employers to contact Abridged: TwinCities Pioneer Press

ST. PAUL, MN -- Create a list of employers you would like to contact directly. And to do that, know what kind of job you're going for and which skills you can most credibly market. There are two kinds of job markets where this strategy is critical: When jobs are scarce, and when jobs are plentiful. When jobs are scarce, get ahead of the posting process and distinguish yourself from the crowd of online applicants. And when jobs are plentiful, protect yourself from falling for the promises made by needy recruiters or employers who just want to fill the opening.

In both cases, having a list of most-desired employers will help you land the offer you most want. If you're in a hurry to change positions, you can use your list as a launch pad for effective networking to learn about jobs before they are advertised. In other circumstances, you can use your list to "shop" for the right fit, to ensure that your next move is to an organization you really want to work for.

Here are some ideas to help you build your list: Consider your professional goals; Consider your lifestyle and personal goals; Think geographically. Whatever criteria you're using, you'll need the names of actual organizations to populate your list. A good goal is 25 employers, to provide enough people to contact during the outreach phase of your process.

Why don't I hear back from recruiters? Abridged: Journal Now

WINSTON-SALEM, NC -- Recruiters are human, operating in a 24-hour day like the rest of us. Most are decent folks trying to do their job the best they know how. In-house recruiters in large companies simultaneously work multiple job openings across different hiring managers. Each posted position could easily bring in hundreds or more online applicants. Here are some reasons why you may not hear back.

First, there may be lots of fully qualified people. If you're one of 200 applicants and, say, 30 meet the requirements, the recruiter isn't likely to contact all 30 people. Along those same lines, a recruiter isn't likely to email those 30, much less the 200. The recruiter has only so much time in a day. That means focusing on qualified applicants - ideally ones who've come recommended by either an employee or through someone in the recruiter's network.

Staffing firms and executive search firms face the same "numbers game" challenges. Bottom line - recruiters are swamped with applicants. Some overqualified, some under-qualified, some which make them scratch their head and wonder, "What were they thinking?" and some who really seem to be on target. Due to the numbers game solid applicants can, and do, get bypassed. Remember, the recruiter is the middle man in this process. All they can do is pass you on to the next step and wait. When they hear something, they'll let you know.

Secret to tapping into the hidden job market Staff Writer, The Career News

LOS, ANGELES, CA -- When looking for a job, you may want to consider networking 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 tap into the hidden job market, get your resume delivered to recruiters in your industry today.

Entrepreneurs: Things you must quit doing to be successful Abridged: Entrepreneur Magazine

NEW YORK, NY -- 1) Quit doubting yourself. Sometimes confidence is all it takes to reach that next level. The trick is, you have to believe it. If you doubt yourself, it won't work. 2) Quit putting things off. When things are hard, it's easier to decide to tackle them tomorrow. Saying you'll do it tomorrow is just an excuse. It means that either you don't really want to do it or that you want the results without doing the hard work.

3) Quit thinking you have no choice. There's always a choice. Pretending that there isn't one makes you a victim who is voluntarily taking on a mantle of helplessness. To play the victim, you have to give up your power. To succeed at the highest level, quit giving your power away. 4) Quit doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. If you keep the same approach, you'll keep getting the same results. If you want different results, change your approach.

5) Quit thinking everything is going to work out on its own. Everything is not going to magically work out on its own. Be proactive and take responsibility for yourself. 6) Quit saying "yes." By saying "yes" to one thing, you're saying "no" to something else. The more difficulty you have saying "no," the more likely you will experience stress, burnout and depression. Learn to say "no," to free yourself from unnecessary constraints.

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

LAS VEGAS, NV -- Have you dreamed of owning your own business or running a side gig, 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 successful 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 complimentary 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. Instantly sign up for your free consultation with a franchise expert.

5 Things a job seeker shouldn't do for free Abridged: USA News

CHICAGO, IL -- 1) Create a marketing plan, HR strategy or another usable and substantial piece of work for the employer. 2) Write code, design a product, create a functional website or other tick off items on the hiring manager's To Do list. 3) Take over an account or relationship on behalf of the employer, or make a public presentation on behalf of the employer.

4) Create or respond to correspondence from the organization's customers and/or vendors, or attend a customer meeting "as a friend of our organization" or "as our advisor." If you go to a meeting for your prospective new employer, they should pay you. Your time is valuable, and so is your name and your brand. If they cannot pay you a consulting rate for your time in that meeting, they don't deserve you.

5) Begin working for the organization (via a "shadow day" or some other kind of unpaid labor). The first few times you say, "I'd be happy to take on that project - we can figure out how many hours it will take and I can give you a fee estimate" - the words may stick in your throat. After that, it will become easier and easier over time. Some organizations will say "Let's do it!" right away, and you and they will construct an agreement so you can start working on the project.

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