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Here are 3 Member Questions and our Responses from our Forum. I’ve removed the names of the people and companies involved to protect confidentiality of the members in our Forum. Full Members of our site get Access to our Forum.

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Apply to Jobs Before They Open! This is how

Apply to Jobs Before They Open! This is how

I've been getting requests from our subscribers about topics to cover, so today I want to cover two of them. One person said they keep hearing about people who are landing jobs that were created for them, how does that happen? Another person said that many of the advice columns and articles they see out there say they should go after the jobs before they get posted, but nobody ever says specifically how to do that.

So today I will show you. Kevin and Jim, thank you for the questions.

This blog originated from a video that’s posted on my YouTube Channel; here’s a quick link to the video if you want to watch me run these searches: https://youtu.be/Wy3AmrBEM8E

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New Year Job Search Preparation

New Year Job Search Preparation

We have a new year coming up, which means the holidays will very soon be behind us, so today I want to show you a few things for your job search that you can set up now, to hit the ground running in January.

This blog originated from a video that’s posted on my YouTube Channel; here’s a quick link to this video if you’d rather watch it: https://youtu.be/iwrJOYK7i7E

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Overqualified? NOoooo!!!

Overqualified? NOoooo!!!

Have you ever been told you’re overqualified? Don’t you hate that? Why wouldn’t they want someone who they don’t have to train, right? Well today I’ll explain WHY the employers are so hesitant, and then specifically HOW you can address this objection. 

This blog originated from a video that’s posted on my YouTube Channel; here’s a quick link to this video if you’d rather watch it: https://youtu.be/myomL4rAkdc  

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Find More Jobs

Find More Jobs

In a previous article called “Be Found Online” I showed you what you can do to your resume to more easily be found online by recruiters. Today I want to show you how you can reverse the process to find more jobs online, but I recommend you read the other article first because this article will be easier to follow after reading that one. Click here to see it. Today I will not only show you how to find more jobs, but you'll also learn how to find more sources to find more jobs as well.

This blog originated from a video that’s posted on my YouTube Channel; here’s a quick link to this video if you’d rather watch it: https://youtu.be/a8ImWl2nFf4

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Handling Skeletons

Handling Skeletons

I happen to be posting this article on Halloween, so I thought this would be a great day to talk about how to handle skeletons that might be in your closet, especially when it comes to job search.

This blog originated from a video that’s posted on my YouTube Channel; here’s a quick link to this video if you’d rather watch it (and we have some fun graphics on this one, so check it out if you can): https://youtu.be/iEJjjiU6i-c

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Be Found Online

Be Found Online

So often we focus on how we can find and chase opportunities, but wouldn’t it be great if opportunities found and chased us? We need to balance both equally and learn how to be found online, and today I will show you one way you can make that happen.

This blog originated from a video that’s posted on my YouTube Channel; here’s a quick link to this video if you’d rather watch it: https://youtu.be/umhw8-Tygr4

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No Bad Days in Job Search

No Bad Days in Job Search

This week the focus is on how to handle the bad days, the days when you'd rather just stay in bed than to face another day of job search. Believe it or not you can still be productive on those days, without having to face the public.

This blog originated from a video that’s posted on my YouTube Channel; here’s a quick link to this video if you’d rather watch it: https://youtu.be/XphrSj0rXCg

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More Keys to Networking

More Keys to Networking

This article is a continuation from our blog post with some networking essentials for you. Depending on the source you check, you'll find that somewhere between 75% and 90% of jobs that are filled each month are NOT advertised anywhere; they're filled through networking.

This blog originated from a video that’s posted on my YouTube Channel; here’s a quick link to this video if you’d rather watch it: https://youtu.be/ufYoUHNMOgU  If you want to see the new videos as they come out, hit the Subscribe button on our YouTube Channel.

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THE Key to Networking

THE Key to Networking

We all know that Networking is an essential element of any job search, but many people don't know specifically HOW to network. So in this quick article I’ll share with you the most important element of networking, and then give you my favorite strategy to make it effective.

This blog originated from a video that’s posted on my YouTube Channel; here’s a quick link to this video if you’d rather watch it: https://youtu.be/1PovNuKrdyA

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Get Strategic Referrals

Get Strategic Referrals

Job search can seem like a giant jigsaw puzzle that’s missing about 15 pieces, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here’s an idea that can bring you some leads from a very unexpected source, but is strategically the most advantageous of any.

This blog originated from a video that’s posted on my YouTube Channel; here’s a quick link to this video if you’d rather watch it: https://youtu.be/71KINhXcRI0

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Making Talented Choices

I have great news that I don't think most job seekers really understand fully.

"Landing a job is more about the choices you make than about your skill set or experience."

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Conquer Job Search Stress

Is your Job Search getting stressful? It's important to know that stress is more of a mindset that’s been given to you, but with some intentional redirection, you can conquer it. This blog originated from a video that’s posted on our YouTube Channel; here’s a quick link to this video: https://youtu.be/V6GaMA1ThlU

I’ll start by sharing an important thought with you I learned from a presentation given by Dr. Valencia Ray years ago that truly changed the way I cope with stress. She studies how the mind affects the body. She said,

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Eliminate Job Search Exhaustion

For the last 4 months, I’ve been posting a new video every week on my YouTube Channel with some Job Search Tactics and Motivation to help job seekers. Since some people would rather read than watch, I thought I should start sharing the content of the videos here in my blog as well.

This was the first video of the series, How to Eliminate Exhaustion. If you would like to watch the video, here’s a quick link to it. In this quick blog I want to show you how you can get more done AND not be so exhausted at the end of the day.

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Who is Evaluating Whom?

The last time I posted the meme you see above, it generated lots of heated discussions across multiple forums. So I thought it deserved a more thorough explanation.  The main idea was:

Employers must perceive that you are interested in the job, or they will not be interested in you!

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Should I thank them for rejecting me?

You were a perfect fit for the job, and you had the best interview you have ever had; yet you still got the rejection letter. Do you send a thank you note?

Or let's say it comes down to you and one other person, and you know how unqualified the other guy is for the job. Maybe you also know about a character issue of his that the company will regret hiring. Again, the other guy got the job over you. Do you thank the employer for your rejection, or warn them about a bad hire?

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The Most Common Job Interview Pothole

There is a very common interview problem I see over and over for great candidates that just flattens their chances of getting an offer like a tire hitting a deep pothole.

I suspect this happens in virtually every industry, and it’s an issue that can easily be avoided. If you do this right, you can actually use this as an opportunity and give yourself a major advantage.

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Job Seekers: It is Do, or Do, so Try!

Are you frustrated with your job search because it seems like nothing is working and you’re ready to give up? Unfortunately that’s not one of your options. When Yoda from Star Wars said, "Do or do not, there is no try,"  he wasn’t talking to you. Finding employment isn’t optional, it’s Do or Do, so Try you must!

This week’s video blog is very direct and to the point. When you watch you’ll see that it’s not only possible to re-motivate yourself to continue your job search, but it’s mandatory. Finding a new job can seem like an overwhelming proposition, but it’s extremely do-able for anyone willing to try, regardless of your current obstacles.

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A New Form of Job Search Tracking

What if I told you that the way you track your job search can directly control the length of your job search? It can, and I’ll prove it.

Have you ever seen the TV show “American Ninja Warrior”? If not, I’ll explain. It’s an obstacle course built for very seriously in-shape people. The obstacles range from steeply angled boards the contestants must run across, to 14 foot warped walls. All of the obstacles are above water, so if you fail, you fall in.

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Interview Nerves? Good! How to deal.

I’ve been a public speaker for more than 20 years, and a competitive dancer with my wife for at least 10. Whether I’m in front of 3,000 people, or just 3, I still get nervous.

When I was 20 years old I was standing back stage pacing vigorously before giving an hour long presentation for an all school assembly for Naperville North High School, which at the time had about 2,500 students. To add a little more pressure, this was the same high school where I had just graduated a couple of years prior, so I knew a lot of the kids in there…and most of the teachers too because my dad was the Principal! Talk about pressure!

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Executive Job Search Strategies That Work!

Searching for a job at the executive level is a VERY different game. During a relatively short interview, executive candidates must prove that they…

• Have the skills to do the job• Can be trusted to lead seasoned employees• Will be taken seriously as an outsider• Will make smart decisions with the company’s money That’s a lot to accomplish in just a couple hours!

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Handling Distracted Negative Interviewers

Have you ever been on an interview and the interviewer was looking at their computer screen more than at you? Or what about negative interviewers who woke up on the wrong side of the bed that morning?

That’s not something you can control.  It's just bad luck.  Or is it?

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Is Interview Preparation Cheating?

Someone asked me why employers would want recruiters to prepare candidates for interviews. "Isn't that like cheating? Wouldn't they get a better vantage point to see how people really are if they don't know what to expect in the interview?"

In fact, I actually had a new client unexpectedly call my candidate BEFORE the scheduled appointment so he wouldn't be "prepared" and so he could see a "real picture" of this candidate. The candidate did okay because he was very senior level and had the experience this client needed, but he certainly could have done significantly better if he were prepared. The employer and I had a good discussion about it afterwards, and I thought if there were other employers who share this opinion that they might be interested in the topic as well.

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Resumes and Word Clouds – Get Creative!

Have you ever heard of Word Clouds?  For those of you who haven’t, a Word Cloud is a bunch of text that gets jumbled around and made into a picture.  As a Creative Director I’ve made a few of them myself, and they’re pretty cool.  They make things much more visually stimulating, and there are a lot of different settings so you can pick your font, color scheme, design, shape, etc.

How Can Word Clouds Help You?Pinpoint keywords on your resumeFind target skills in job descriptionsHow to Make a Word Cloud

Making a Word Cloud is pretty simple.  Just go to wordle.net and click on “Create Your Own” on the left side of the page.   Once you get to the “Create Your Own” page you will see a big text box.  Take all the text you want to use, paste it into that box and click Go.   Note: You need to have Java enabled on your computer to make this work.  If you don’t have Java, you will get a prompt to download it (don’t worry, having Java won’t harm your computer in any way and is perfectly safe).

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Stress Relief for Job Seekers

Searching for a job can be very stressful, regardless of how long you’ve been looking. The good news however is that job seekers have more control than they think they do, and it IS possible to take control over your stress level.

Control What You Can ControlTrue, you cannot make someone hire you, but there are many things you CAN control to get you there.

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8 Essential Tips for Skype Interviews

Preparing for a Skype interview? Here are 8 essential tips for better Skype interviews:

1) Phone First and Stay Professional. Sometimes Skype requests don’t go through right away and the sender will wonder why the other hasn’t accepted yet. Eliminate this frustration by starting on the phone. And use a Skype handle that is professional! If your handle is “drugsRcool” or “tequilaworm”, get a new one! They are free. Choose your name, or initials, or better yet, try finding one that incorporates the title of the position you are interviewing for such as, “the_data_guru”. This will give them the impression that you live for this job!

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LinkedIn Employment Strategy Using Referral Programs

Wouldn’t it be great if you knew someone at your target company? Then they could personally hand your resume to HR and you’d be first in line. That would be best case scenario, right?  It would actually be a best case scenario for your contact too, because they would likely get a bonus check for making the referral.

Employee referral programs are the 2nd most popular way to find a job. That means LOTS of companies have them, and their employees are eager to cash in.

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Turning Bad Luck into Good Job Search Luck

In my previous blog I talked about how job search didn’t have to involve luck, but I’m hearing from people who firmly believe that a successful job search DOES depend on luck. Okay, so I’ll show you how to turn bad luck into good job search luck, even when it seems like all the luck is being dished out to the people around you.

Like to the guy who got rejected for a job he wasn’t qualified for, but they changed the qualifications, called him back and hired him!

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Tactics to Find Hidden Jobs, it's Not Luck!

Finding a good job fast doesn’t have to involve luck or market conditions, it’s about knowledge and tactics. I hear people tell me, “Paul the number of jobs that are available for me to apply to is not up to me, and that means it IS luck!”  I just don’t agree.  I think that means you need to know about more places to look for jobs, and that’s knowledge, not luck.

Did you know there are thousands of jobs sitting online that are NOT advertised anywhere, and they’re available to be searched by anyone?  I’ll explain how to do it here, but if you watch the video of this blog, it will be much easier to follow.

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Big Employment Gap? That's Your Edge!

If you’ve been unemployed for more than 6 months, you’ve likely already seen employers start to shy away, wondering why it’s taking you so long to find a job. They think, “If no one else is hiring this person, why should I? What if they make me look bad?”

In fact, earlier this year President Obama started urging executives with some larger companies such as Walgreens, McDonald’s and Boeing to hire the long term unemployed. The President said, “It’s a cruel Catch-22. The longer you’re unemployed, the more unemployable you may seem. This is an illusion, but it’s one that, unfortunately, we know statistically is happening out there.” It’s wonderful that the President has noticed the issue and is trying to change it, but when it comes down to it, the perceived risk is still high. If there is another option for the employer, and THEIR job depends on them making the right hire, they will likely hire the person with the lowest perceived risk.

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Comparing Recruiters: Who's Better?

Working with recruiters should be an important part of your job search strategy, but how do you know who is good, and who’s not? How can you tell who will really try to match your skills to the job, and who is just trying to hit a monthly “interviews arranged” quota number for their office?

We’ve all heard the horror stories, and unfortunately, many are true! For every 25 bad recruiters out there, in reality there’s probably only 1 really good one. That’s not a good ratio, but I want to show you how to find the really good ones.

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Jobs Posted by Recruiters: 5 Tips to Get Results

All things being equal, if one person applies directly to a company online, and another person has their resume handed to the hiring manager from someone they trust with a personal recommendation about why they fit the position, is briefed before each interview about what to expect and how to approach the interviews, and has someone who can negotiate salary for them, express any concerns for them and get delicate questions answered for them without having to ask themselves, who has the best chance of getting the job?  Obviously going through a good recruiter gives you a tremendous advantage.  However, your approach to the application process needs to be different than just applying to jobs on a corporate website. 

Recruiters find people for jobs, not jobs for people.  Knowing that, it’s important to position yourself as someone they need to find.

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4 Email Tips to Speed Up Your Job Search

Let's talk email.  For the longest time I looked at each email I received as a mini homework assignment. I really hated it. By not responding, I saved lots of time, but unknowingly, I missed opportunities because I was upsetting everyone I didn't respond to.  So I needed to find a way to use email to my advantage. Here are 4 key tips to help you use email to your advantage.

First, since email is free, create a new one for your job search. Pick a name related to the job you want, or the industry.  For example, if you are looking for a job as an accountant, create an email address like Iloveaccounting@gmail.com, or Johntheaccountant@gmail.com.  When people get emails from you, the immediate impression is NOT that you're blasting your resume for any kind of job, but rather that you're only applying to accounting jobs because that's what you love doing.  If you have multiple specialties, have multiple addresses. People are drawn to people who are passionate about what they do.

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How to Give and Get Good References

Giving good references can be just as important to your career as getting them, are you ready? In a time when the average tenure at any given company is less than 3 years, strong networks are essential to avoid long periods of unemployment. To maintain a strong network, there are specific actions you can take to ensure you are both giving and receiving great references.

Have you recently been asked to be a reference? If you can honestly give a good reference, do it. If you cannot give a good reference I recommend not doing it because there are too many risks involved. Not only will you put yourself at risk for defamation lawsuits, but you also make it known to an employer that you have no trouble trashing someone else's reputation. If you should ever find yourself applying to a company where someone who checked that reference has since then moved to and their only memory of you is how you trashed that other person, then you potentially lose that opportunity. Whatever you do, don’t be a reference for spite, so you can "get even" with that terrible employee/colleague by giving a bad reference. That may feel great for about 10 minutes, but it can do years of damage to YOU, it's just not worth it.

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Blasting your Resume will SLOW DOWN your Job Search!

Looking for a way to speed up your job search? Then you no doubt have seen the websites out there that promise to blast your resume out to over 300 employers with 1 click. This will effectively SLOW DOWN your search guaranteed. Here’s a great analogy for you.

Let’s say Mike and I both wanted to make a meaningful connection with a girl. To accomplish this, we both decide to visit 10 bars together over the weekend. My strategy is to take 30 business cards up to the bartender when I walk through the door, ask him or her to distribute them to 30 women in the bar for me. The card will read:

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