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Vol. 16, Issue 20 - Week of May 15, 2017

4 Tips for new and experienced job seekers Abridged: Careers24

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Keep working on your Resume: Even if you believe it's put together perfectly, it's always worth having another look. A fresh pair of eyes can often spot things you've missed. Ask someone to review your resume and offer feedback. Consider asking a friend or work with a professional resume writer with experience in your field to help you with this.

Monitor your online presence: What is readily available about you online is the most important thing for the modern job seeker. Clean up ALL your social profiles and remove anything you wouldn't want your boss to see. Your online presence is essential in finding the right job. Take a course that will add to your skill set: Regardless of your qualifications, transferable skills are a huge advantage in the recruitment space. Job seekers need to develop their employability by obtaining new skills. It will give you the competitive edge to beat out all competition.

Expand your network: Other than online job hunting, making connections in your field is one of the fastest ways to land a job. More often than not, the opportunity to enter your field will come from someone you've met or networked. You should attend industry events and conferences, join professional organizations in your field and engage with as many people as you can. Getting face-to-face time with people in your field can prove invaluable.

Work smarter and land a job over the competition Staff Writer, The Career Digest

LOS ANGELES, CA -- These days, to land a job over the competition, you have to work smarter. The hard part is to get your resume read by the right people at the right time. Good jobs aren't on the market very long. To succeed your resume has to be available to the employer the moment they decide to fill a position.

One easy way to be found by employers who are looking to hire someone with your skills, is to post your resume on all the top job sites and niche job boards. This is a proven, documented method of successful job searching. While it may take a fair amount of time to find and fill out the forms of all these sites, you will definitely multiply your chances of landing a job.

If you want all the benefits without all the work, you can let a service like Resume Rabbit do it for you. You fill out one simple form and they'll instantly post your resume on up to 92 top job sites like CareerBuilder, ZipRecruiter, Job.com, Dice & more. Then you'll be seen by over 1.5 million employers & recruiters daily. It takes ONLY 5 minutes and saves 60 hours of research and data entry. Instantly post your resume on all the top job sites, to find a job faster.

Risks and rewards of taking a job you don't want Ariella Coombs, Work It Daily

CHICAGO, IL -- Risks: There are going to be times in your career when you NEED to take a job. What are some of the risks of taking a job you don't want? Well, you might hate it and/or feel chained to it for the paycheck or for some other reason. It might also be a dead end job that won't get you any closer to your goals. That's why it's very important to evaluate the pros and cons beforehand.

Rewards: The good news is that every job is temporary. You're not tied to one role for the rest of your life. However, when you take a job, you should always be thinking about what that job can do for your career as a whole. How will it help you get to your next step?

If a job lets you focus on certain skill sets, allows you to work with high-profile clients, gives you a foot in the door at a company, or just allows you to break into a new industry, it will allow you to keep moving forward in your career, even if it's not your dream job. Think of it as a working education. So, when you're evaluating the pros and cons of taking a job you don't want, make a list of both. However, keep in mind what you can get out of this role, even if it's not your ideal job.

6 Overlooked job search tools and tricks Abridged: Robert Half International

NEW YORK, NY -- 1) Personalize your profile: No list of job search tools is complete without a robust LinkedIn profile. Make sure it's up-to-date and complete. Add a professional profile photo and list of your skills so it's more likely to show up in searches. 2) Follow up with former interviewers: If you were shortlisted for a position that eventually went to another candidate, touch base with your former interviewers. There's a chance the candidate didn't work out. The company might also have a new opening that you may be a good fit for.

3) Volunteer your services: Volunteering is an excellent way to hone your skills and learn new ones. It also expands your network and looks good on a resume. 4) Consider a staffing agency: A staffing agency's recruiter can help eliminate much of the guesswork and energy wasted on applying for jobs that don't align with your qualifications. Staffing agencies will cross-reference the needs of their client companies with your skill set in order to find a good fit.

5) Use all of your technical resources: Several apps provide job search tools you may find helpful. So do a quick search from time to time to determine which ones will be most helpful for you. 6) Conduct a thorough search: Don't limit yourself to only the most recent job postings. Sometimes, with a little digging, you may find older posts that haven't yet expired and is still unfilled.

Update and optimize your LinkedIn Profile to get noticed Staff Writer, The Career Digest

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 Digest 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.

3 Tips to help prepare for a video interview Abridged: NexGoal

AVON, OH -- Tip No. 1: Preparation is Key. To prepare, have a friend jump on a Google Hangout or Skype call with you 30 minutes before the interview to make sure your camera and microphone are working properly and volume levels are set correctly. In that same camera and microphone test, ask that friend what they can see in the room behind you. If anything stands out as distracting or messy, remove it from the area.

Tip No. 2: Dress Like You're Interviewing Face to Face. Think about the time and effort you put into getting ready for the in-person interview. Why do you do that? The answer is simple - you want the hiring manager to SEE you dressed well and not let clothing be the reason you do not get offered a job. So, if you really want the job you are interviewing for, make the extra effort.

Tip No. 3: Eye Contact is Key. Making real eye contact with a hiring manager has become a major problem for many through video interviews. Why, you ask? Well, we are naturally drawn to try and make eye contact with the person on the screen, but unfortunately on the other end of the video it looks like you are avoiding eye contact or looking down. One suggestion is to resize the window and move the person's image up as close to the web cam/camera as possible.

[VIDEO] The secret to nailing your next job interview Staff Writer, The Career Digest

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.

Coping with depression during your job search Abridged: Write Step Resumes

BIRMINGHAM, AL -- Understand you're not alone. Feelings of frustration, defeat and hopelessness are common among job seekers who've spent months on end searching for a new job. To cut your job search time in half, tap into your network. Rekindle the forgotten relationships with former co-workers and register for industry related events. As much as you want to retreat into the depths of your sorrow, put yourself out there and let your connections know you're on the market again.

Give your personal branding a boost. Stand out. Be seen. Many employers like to "compare apples to apples" when making hiring decisions, and it's your job to help them appreciate what makes your apple sweeter and juicier. Take inventory of what makes you unique and express those attributes in a compelling and exceptional way. Kick things up a notch with self-promotion and personal branding. When doing this you'll discover no two things impact your chances of landing a job offer more than confidence and networking. Keep in mind, referrals from your network hold more weight than credentials.

Get professional help. Set measurable goals for your job search and stick to it. Successful job seekers and professionals invest time and money into their careers. If you're struggling to pinpoint your goals, hiring a career coach or resume writer to help support and guide you through devising a job search strategy can reduce the stress surrounding your job hunt.

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