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Title: Career Newsletter

October 28, 2002

The Career News

Volume 2, Issue 25


The Latest News, Tips and Tools for Your Career

Salary Increases Dropping

NEW YORK - October 28, 2002 - According a recent survey conducted by The Conference Board average salary increases in many industries, including manufacturing, trade, and utilities, have dropped below 4 percent for the first time in nine years for some major employee groups. Estimates for 2003 indicate average pay increases will be 4 percent for all employee groups in all industry categories.
Interview Skills That Get The Job

BOSTON October 28, 2002 Even in today's competitive job market
the most qualified person rarely gets the job. The skills needed to do the job and the skills needed to get the job are two completely separate things. Unfortunately being qualified is simply not enough. Mastering the interview process is the key. We spend hours creating resumes, cover letters, searching through job postings, reviewing classifieds and networking, so that we can get an interview. Yet most people don't spend nearly enough time learning what to do when they get one!

When the job market was booming it took an average of 3 interviews to get 1 job offer. Now it takes 17. And interviews are harder to get. It's imperative to make the most of an interview when you get one. Thanks to the internet, there a great deal of information available on how to sharpen your interview skills. Just enter "interviewing tips" into your favorite search engine. Yet be prepared to spend several hours researching, sifting through and organizing information.

For the competitive edge, we recommend Interview Mastery. This easy to use and low cost multi-media program (available on CD or online) gives you unstoppable job interview skills. They've analyzed 3000 jobs interviews to identify the strategies of actual candidates that consistently get job offers. It contains 30 different interview related topics that cover pre, during and post interview skills. Before purchasing the software you can try it for free and test your current interview skills. To try it now go to InterviewMastery.com
Take Advantage Of Unemployment Benefits

WASHINGTON D.C. - October 28, 2002 - Out of work? You may be eligible to collect unemployment benefits. United States workers who are out of work due to no fault of their own are eligible for unemployment benefits for up to 26 weeks. When the unemployment rate is high, as it is currently, benefits may be paid for an additional period of time. Contact your State Unemployment Office for directions on how to file for unemployment compensation. To find information on the unemployment office for your state go to http://jobsearch.about.com/library/blunemploy.htm or check your local phone book. You may be able to file over the phone. In general, to file a claim you will need:
  • Social Security Number
  • Alien Registration Card if you're not a US citizen
  • Mailing address including zip code and phone number
  • Names, addresses and dates of employment of all your past employers for the last two years
Get Your Resume In The Right Hands

LOS ANGELES, CA - October 28, 2002 - There are several lists of career websites available on the internet or through a search engine. And while it may take some time, posting your resume on as many top sites as possible will really maximize your exposure and job opportunities.

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 ResumeRabbit.com do the work for you. With this service, you fill out one easy form and in about 15 minutes you'll be posted on 90 top career sites like Monster, Headhunter, Hot Jobs, Net-Temps, Dice and more. A comprehensive list of all the sites they post to is on their home page.

Whether you do it by hand or take advantage of a service like ResumeRabbit.com, creating accounts on all the best career sites will give you access to millions of jobs and exposure to 1.5 million employers and recruiters daily. To try ResumeRabbit.com go to ResumeRabbit.com
Jobs By Mail

LOS ANGELES - October 28, 2002 - Search Agents are a handy job search tool that enable job seekers to sign-up to have job postings that match their criteria sent to them via email. For example, NationJob's PJ Scout (www.nationsjob.com) is a personal job scout that help with your job search by sending you email job announcements that match your qualifications. Once you register (it's easy and free), you'll receive by email detailed job descriptions including "how to apply" information.

Similar services are available on most of other top job sites. FlipDog's Job Hunters search for new listings around the clock and send them out with all the information you need about the job, while Monster users can sign up for up to five different Job Search Agents.
Wal-Mart Workers Sue For Unpaid Hours

NEW YORK - October 28, 2002 - According to the New York Times many Wal-Mart workers charge that they have been forced or pressured to work hours that were not recorded or paid. The New York Times reports that this alleged misconduct was part of an unofficial company policy that encouraged managers to request or require off-the-clock work and avoid paying overtime. Law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein has filed class action lawsuits in New York, Massachusetts and Washington charging that Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., has systematically avoided paying employees their full earned wages.
Are You Making What You're Worth?

BOSTON - October 28, 2002 - When negotiating your salary with a potential employer, it's crucial to know going in what salary range the employer has in mind. Unfortunately you can't often count on the employer to tell you. But with a new service from Salary.com, job candidates now have instant online access to the same market data commonly used by most savvy employers.

Salary.com's in-depth salary evaluation arms a job seeker with up-to-date market compensation data specific to their industry, geographic region, and company size. The analysis is further refined to reflect market value based upon experience and background. The report also provides invaluable worksheets that help prepare employees for negotiating raises, promotions and new jobs. To get your own Personal Salary Report go to Salary.com
Tax on Tips

WASHINGTON D.C. - October 28, 2002 - The Supreme Court recently gave approval for the Internal Revenue Services to use estimates to calculate restaurant tips. According to the Court, federal law allows the IRS to estimate cash tips using the amount of tips on credit card receipts. The ruling enables the IRS to collect more in taxes that businesses owe from employee's tips and from wait staff and other workers who earn cash tips.
Getting your Resume to the Right Recruiters

LOS ANGELES - October 28, 2002 - They say it's not what you know it's who you know. As a matter of fact, many of the best jobs never make their way to the classified ads. The secret to getting the unadvertised jobs is to get your resume in the hands of several quality and targeted recruiters.

One service, ResumeMailman.com will put your resume directly into the hands of quality headhunters and recruiters. Their network is filled with over 10,000 talented recruiters having direct connections to the best unadvertised jobs. Your resume can be instantly emailed directly to thousands of recruiters in your selected areas who specialize in your selected skill sets. The process takes about 10 minutes. To get your resume into the hands of the right recruiters go to ResumeMailman.com

Career Tools Highlighted in This Issue:
InterviewMastery.com
Easy-to-use program that teaches you unstoppable interview skills
ResumeRabbit.com
Get your resume on
90 career sites instantly. One form takes 15 minutes.
ResumeMailman.com
Instantly email your resume to thousands of targeted recruiters.
Personal Salary Report
Be armed with the same salary data the companies use in your interview

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