• NEW YORK, NY -- Wear sweatpants to an interview: Lounge pants, pajama pants, sweatshirts and any other unprofessional clothing give the hiring manager a bad first impression. Black pants and a collared shirt are an acceptable outfit for any job seeker. Research shows first impressions are made within the first seven seconds.

    Have an unprofessional email or voicemail: Hiring managers may call or email you to arrange an interview. Keep your email professional. Your voicemail should be short and professional too. Avoid using casual language, songs or goofy messages. Lie on your resume: You found your perfect job but you fall short of one or more qualifications and have a gap or two. Do not change information on your resume to align with their requirements. Use your cover letter to explain why you'd be a good fit for the job even though you're missing a qualification or to address an employment gap.

    Fail to show up for an interview: You may receive a few interviews during your job search. If you accept a job offer before you attend all of them, cancel the remaining interviews. Bash the employer: Maybe you didn't get your dream job. Or, perhaps you were disappointed with how you were treated as an applicant. Keep these frustrations offline and private. While this job didn't work out, there may be future opportunities with the company that will be a better fit.
  • 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.

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  • BOULDER, CO -- The typical job seeker spends countless hours trolling the Internet, crafting clever cover letters, modifying resumes and managing their online applications. For any single opening, a lucky few are interviewed, and a single candidate will land an offer. The odds are stacked against the majority of applicants who fall into the "black hole" of a broken recruiting process.

    This is where many people get stuck. The black hole is filled with talented new grads, midlife career professionals and seasoned experts who keep doing the same thing hoping for a different result. Eventually, many job seekers give up on their dreams, take survival jobs and choose to wither away in positions that are a poor fit.

    What if I told you limit your online time, get off the computer and start talking to people. We create momentum in our careers when we engage in discussions about topics that light us up. Talking is a necessary precursor to taking action. Start by hanging out with people who do what you aspire to do. Listen, learn and ask questions. Share your own insights and ideas. This is how you find you build your network community. If you take this approach, many conversations will happen naturally. Either way, this is not about hustling your way into an opportunity. It is about being genuinely curious and humbly asking for guidance. Stay true to yourself and do things that align with your style.
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. -- 1) Your Resume isn't ATS Friendly. Did you know that an ATS (applicant tracking system) will play a major role in whether or not your resume is selected for further review? To ensure your resume makes it past the evil eye of ATS, format it correctly for applicant tracking programs, target it to the opportunity and check for spelling errors.

    2) You're not prepared for your interview. There was a time when all you needed to interview well was a charming smile, a great background and some basic understanding of the company you were meeting with. But times have changed. To remain competitive, it's imperative that you research the organization and people through the company's website, social media profiles and LinkedIn activity. This will provide you better insight on the company and an advantage over other candidates who are not as prepared.

    3) You're not ready for the big screen. Whether it's through Skype, FaceTime or video conferencing, interviewing via video is all the rage and you need to be ready to ace it. Since you aren't sitting with the person you're talking to, it's easy to appear aloof and distracted during a video interview. To avoid this, don't stare at your own image and make sure you're consistently making eye contact with the person you're talking to. Also, take your video interview to a quiet location, with great WiFi and zero visual distractions.
  • 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.
  • BOSTON, MA Drop 10 hours off your schedule: Use this time to update your resume, online profile, and how you will introduce yourself. Identify target companies and research them so you present as a well-informed and genuinely interested candidate. You need time to network, follow up on leads, and make your way through the hiring process.

    Block time during normal working hours: Block regular time on your calendar now, even if you're not sure when you will have interviews. If you don't use your pre-scheduled blocks for the interviews, use them to reschedule meetings or catch up on work for the interviewing time where you do miss work. Pace yourself to peak before the holidays: It's very hard to get things started once holiday mode kicks in. Therefore, you want to be in the interviewing process - meeting people about actual identified opportunities - before late November. This means, you want to be done with your marketing, company research and preliminary networking before late November.

    Use the calendar to your advantage: While the approaching holidays puts a constraint on your job search, it also provides opportunity - to network more, to catch people in a festive mood, to identify company pain points. Use the calendar to your advantage by attending holiday parties and other networking events. You might even organize your own party to reconnect with people in your network.
  • LOS ANGELES, CA - Currently 88% of U.S. recruiters now tap into LinkedIn to find qualified job candidates, according to a recent report conducted by the site. In short, LinkedIn has become the first, and top, platform that recruiters and HR pros access to do job searches and build their candidate pool. 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.

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  • CHICAGO, IL -- 1) You Have No Job Strategy: Don't blindly apply for jobs with no clear plan. Make a list of 10-20 companies that you specifically want to target. Then, strategically research events their representatives may attend and attend them yourself to connect with recruiters.

    2) You're Applying All Wrong: Redesign your resume for keyword search. Make sure your resume isn't verbose-think more elevator pitch than dissertation. Keep it simple and avoid spelling errors. Pepper your skills section with popular keywords from the job description. Customize your resume and cover letter for every job you apply for. 3) You Aren't Using Your Network Properly: While applying for a role is a great first step, knowing or meeting someone who can hand-deliver your resume with a recommendation to the hiring manager or recruiter is the ultimate goal.

    4) Your Social Profile is Scaring Recruiters Away: Maybe you have no social footprint or you are over sharing, but chances are recruiters aren't contacting you because they don't like what they see or what they can't see at all. Remember, you control your social narrative on the web. 5) You never follow up: When you do land an interview make sure you ask very specific questions such as: "When can I expect to hear back regarding next steps?" When do you anticipate this role being filled and what is the start date?" And, always follow up with a thank you letter.
  • LOS ANGELES, CA -- If you've been recently 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.

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  • WASHINGTON, D.C. -- You have to know what you're worth on the marketplace - and why. Unfortunately, plenty of employers and their recruiters will try to low-ball job seekers. They will tell you that you're not worth as much as you think you are. If you're not sure, you'll probably cave and agree to interview for jobs that pay less than your talents can command. Here's how to price yourself for your job search:

    1) Start by researching pay ranges for jobs you're interested in applying for. Use Salary and Payscale to see what similar jobs pay. 2) Contact your industry association and ask them for pay information on job titles like the ones you are pursuing. 3) Use Glassdoor not only to learn how employees, ex-employees and applicants rate various employers but also to learn about the pay scales for certain jobs in different companies.

    4) As you cultivate a network of fellow professionals you will become close enough friends with some folks that you and they will share salary information and compare notes. 5) If you want to know your value beyond what's published in salary surveys, get a business card and start consulting on the side. Once you've completed even a very small consulting project for money, you will feel your value in a new way. You will see how much you helped your consulting client. That confidence may inspire you to boost your asking price!