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Vol. 17, Issue 11 - March 12, 2018

Job search rules you should be breaking Abridged: USNEWS

BOSTON, MA -- If you've been following some dated (traditional) job search tips, it's time to think again. Here are a few rules you should break, and when--on some rare occasions--you should follow them anyway. Rule #1: Cast the Widest Net Possible. Years ago, it was standard to print up several copies of a one-size-fits-all resume. A generic resume points to a generic candidate--and that's not what companies are looking for. Instead, focus on fewer jobs--but make them count by tailoring each application to your target company.

Rule #2: Include an Objective Statement at the Top of Your Resume. Objective statements made a bit more sense in the past. They gave the company a better idea of what kind of role you were after. But now they come across as vague and generic. A successful resume today replaces the "this is what I want" objective statement with a "this is the value that I offer" branding statement.

Rule #3: Write Your Cover Letter in Formal Language. Most cover letters used to start with a standard opening phrase along the lines of "Enclosed please find my resume as an application for X position." While hiring managers' general opinions on cover letters vary widely, it's best to start with something conversational and polite--then, depending on how well you understand the company culture, you can get a little creative.

Cover all your job search bases & save time! Staff Writer, The Career Digest

LOS ANGELES, CA -- With so many people currently in the job market or looking for better career opportunities, how can you make sure your resume will be seen? With advancing technology, the internet is an extremely popular resource for posting and finding resumes. But with all the job boards and niche career sites available, wouldn't it be nice if your resume could be found on all of them?

Consider a site that can make that happen. You post your information to their site once, and they distribute it on up to 85 different top career sites! It's called Resume Rabbit and it's so easy to use. Just fill out one simple online form and in just 5 minutes you'll be well on your way to landing that job you've been searching for. There's also a personal posting report auto-login feature that lets you log in to the many sites where your resume is posted in just one mouse click!

Let Resume Rabbit cover your bases and save you hours of filling out forms to post your resume online. Use those saved hours to take the offense in your job search while 1.5 million employers still see your resume daily. Organize your job search and save time distributing your resume with Resume Rabbit today.

Join the self-employed revolution Abridged: USA Today

MCLEAN, VA -- It's no secret that the nature of work is changing rapidly right now. More people are working outside of an office and outside the traditional 9-5 job. A whole new generation of workers are similarly discovering that they don't need that job they once thought was so indispensable. It's a revolution, a self-employment revolution.

There are many things that have come together to create this self-employment revolution. And fortunately, technology has made that doable. Whether it's computers and software, smartphones and apps, websites and searches, the fact is, being successfully self-employed today is quite possible. Jobs are in scarce supply, and underemployment is a serious problem. Things look bleak. But, truth be told, there has never been a better time for individuals to start new businesses. Taking up entrepreneurship is a way to overcome unemployment and underemployment. Additionally, thanks to the rise of virtual office services and co-working spaces, working from home is the new norm.

But this begs the question - how exactly do you do it? Fortunately, there are some valuable resources out there to help. Franchises are becoming more and more popular as a way for people to buy and own their own business. The Small Business Administration and its website and SCORE also have a vast amount of information and resources available for starting and running a small business.

Here's how you can start your own business Staff Writer, The Career Digest

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 with a franchise expert, just go to FranChoice.

Tips for tackling job hunting frustrations Abridged: LowerPriceResumes

REDONDO BEACH, CA -- Searching for employment is no easy task. It's important to keep upbeat as you continue your job search. For many, the process can be mentally and emotionally draining. Here are some easy tips to help you stay focused:

Create a goal list which includes target companies, people you have networked with, and any follow-ups with job applications you have completed. Have your resume reviewed by a professional recruiter or resume writer and make the adjustments needed. Do not wait to have your resume evaluated. Get out from behind your computer. Hit up local networking groups and mixers. It's important to meet people face to face because they are more likely to respond to your phone calls and emails once they've met you personally.

Find a support group of people who are experiencing your same employment situation. Exchange ideas and use it as a networking tool. Take a day off. But not more than one day. It's good to walk away from your job search, think about other matters, and regain focus at a later time. Write down all employment avenues you have exhausted, including any networking outlets, job boards, career sites, social networking and community resources you have used. Writing your sources down allows you to visibly see a resource you may be leaving out. From there, keep your chin up and your expectations reasonable.

Think creatively to turn a job interview into a 'yes' Abridged: Review Journal Online

LAS VEGAS, NV -- You've found a business with a culture and potential boss you like. However, you've been rejected for the job. How can you prepare yourself to land a job? Here's what a successful job seeker has to say. Gina De Miranda, compliance administrator at Austin HR LLC in Austin, Texas, says employers will operate from some presentiments based on your resume. "Generally, you can disprove those by demonstrating that you have capabilities that may not be apparent at first blush," she says.

This means listening to employers to find patterns in their reasons for not hiring you and, if necessary, incorporating those points in your resume. How can you gauge whether an employer is open to persuasion? If, after an interview, it appears that you won't be hired, determine whether the hirer is open to ideas. Follow up with new ideas, saying, 'I've noticed you do X. Have you ever thought about doing Y? I ran by your website and here are a few things.'

Job seekers can end up landing the position by taking the initiative and giving the company ideas about reorganizing some information. Offering to do something for free stuns most employers. It's also important to demonstrate that you can perform, solve a problem or teach the employer something that will tangibly improve their business. If you haven't yet interviewed, devise a creative demonstration that will make you stand out of the stack of applicants.

Resume tool gives you the competitive advantage 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, check out this free video.

Ways to land a job without a degree Abridged: St. Louis Today

ST. LOUIS, MO -- Do you worry that not having a degree is hurting your job chances? Here are tips to overcome such obstacles. Under the Education section of your resume, add classes and training courses that you have completed. Doing so will show you have pursued educational opportunities and are more educated than they might initially expect. Also, under Education, add "Proficiencies equivalent to a bachelor's degree". This will help you impress keyword search software searching for "bachelor's degree". It will also cause hiring companies to consider you more strongly.

Take courses towards your preferred degree and then explain that on your resume. Also state that you are attending the college in your LinkedIn profile and join the LinkedIn group related to the school. Emphasize on-the-job experiences that make you uniquely qualified for each job opening. Always include impressive samples on your resume to show your abilities when you apply for jobs.

Volunteer for nonprofits where you can use your skills. By doing so, you can impress people who can influence hiring decisions at their companies. Most importantly, network! Your next job will likely come about because someone you know knows how good you are and recommends you for a position. Make sure former coworkers and friends know: a) that you are job seeking; b) what kind of jobs you want; c) how to send you job leads by phone and email.

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