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Lady Raiders take fifth in Division 4 state finals
Freshman Katie Blake and the team of Lauren Fowler and Gillian Spitzley led the Portland girls tennis team to a fifth-place finish Saturday at the Division 4 state finals.

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You’ve lost your job. Heres some advice on picking up the pieces and moving on with your career. For more career related topics, visit Workopolis: tinyurl.com

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Click below to purchase Take Two from Christianbook.com: www.christianbook.com This is the second installment in Karen Kingsbury’s Above the Line Series that follows the lives of filmmakers Chase Ryan and Keith Ellison in their quest for stardom.

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Serious about finding the right job? Beware of job search myth #4.


It’s comforting to think I’m being handled professionally by an agency or recruiter. After all, they’ve worked for me in the past. They’re professionals in the field. They know where all the good jobs are. And they can quickly match me up with something that’s just right for me!


But, it’s what we call job search myth #4. Like all the other job search myths, this one is based on faulty understanding of how the real job marketplace works. And, as a result, you can severely limit yourself in your job campaign.


For example, we’ve been taught that there are lots of job openings out there. Our job search role is to find the one that best matches our interests — and then go for it. And who better to help us on that track than an agency and recruiter who has access to all the good jobs? Someone who knows all about our capabilities and assets and who can represent us to an employer.


Here’s the problem. And this is where job search myth 4 comes in. Agents and recruiters do NOT work for YOU!


You see, they’re hired and paid for by employers. So whose interest do you think is uppermost in their mind? It’s hard to believe that finding you the best job is their main concern — not when they’ve been commissioned by employers to find the person who’s best for them.


Does this mean that agency and recruiters are dishonest? Or that they should be avoided? Absolutely not.


However, if you make the mistake of depending on these professionals because they treat you nice — or because they have access to people you’d like to go to work for — well, you’re putting severe limitations on your candidacy.


So, what’s the alternative?


Well, agencies and recruiters should be part of a comprehensive job search. The starting point is to be absolutely clear on the skills, assets and capabilities you bring to the job marketplace. This rediscovery of your talents and strong points should dictate which employers might be good for you.


Then you do your homework. Before you write or rewrite a resume, target specific companies that are interesting to you. Even more importantly, target the decision-makers whom you would be reporting to. After all, they’re the ones who will be making the hiring decision about you.


Once you’ve drawn up a satisfying list, then it’s time to do your research. Part of the research should include contacting agencies and recruiters in an effort to see if your list matches with their interests. If it does, they can be very helpful in getting you in front of the right people.


Now, you can avoid job search myth #4 by situating this approach as one of several alternatives. It’s a guarantee that you’ll position yourself to select your next job rather than settle for it!

Paul Bowley manages EEI, the world-class pioneer in alternative job search techniques and innovative e-business strategies . . . since 1985. Check out THE WORLD’S FASTEST JOB SEARCH PLAN! And grab our stunning FREE REPORT! http://www.fastest-job-search.com

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Click below to purchase Karen Kingsbury’s “Take One” from Christianbook.com: www.christianbook.com In the high-powered world of filmmaking, two unknown producers struggle to make a name for themselves. They have done the impossible – raised enough money to independently produce a feature film with a message they hope will change the world. With millions of investors’ dollars on the line, everything starts to fall apart and they realize they may be in over their heads, a couple of Davids in a world of Hollywood Goliaths. Is it possible to keep things above the line, to beat the odds and make a movie unlike anything ever done before? Or, will they lose everything in the process?

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The economy and job market have made a sea change. Things aren’t the same as they used to be. The marketplace has changed. The job market has changed. Now many more people are looking for the jobs that are out there. So it’s critical that you stand out in a crowded market. If you do, you can take days off of your job search.

LinkedIn is one of the best ways to do that and to be successful in finding a job. You can take days off of your job search when you use LinkedIn.

The first step is to join LinkedIn and set up your LinkedIn Profile. Your LinkedIn Profile is your presence on LinkedIn. You can’t do anything until your Profile is up. Your LinkedIn Profile is not the same as your resume. One of the biggest mistakes people make is to simply copy and paste their resumes into their Profile. And make them backwards-oriented like a resume.

Your Profile is a sales and marketing piece for you. And it’s like your personal Web site. Search engines find your LinkedIn Profile when it’s complete, and you’re not limited in space or format the way you are with your resume. It’s the first impression someone has of you, and they decide to connect or not based on what they see in your LinkedIn Profile.

LinkedIn members are helping people in their networks find jobs. For example, the Susan Todd of the NJ Star Ledger wrote on March 15, 2009 about Abby Kohut’s LinkedIn Success Story: “Abby Kohut got LinkedIn. And then she got work. After creating a detailed profile and shamelessly collecting recommendations, the 42-year-old staffing consultant landed contract work with a nonprofit organization and a major publishing group.

“The two jobs found me as opposed to me finding them,” Kohut said. “And the people who found me, hired me after barely interviewing me.”

When she joined the social networking site LinkedIn, she was looking for a job, but the contract work gives her more flexibility, more variety, more connections. And there’s another benefit: “I don’t have to worry about being downsized,” Kohut said.

Networking online isn’t new, but it’s getting a big boost from the growing numbers of unemployed searching for work with the help of new digital tools. Although more and more adults are joining the social networking site FaceBook, the more staid LinkedIn is still considered the serious site for professional networking. The two are different — think of it as going to a party and going to a work party.

At the end of last year, LinkedIn had 33 million members, and there were signs many were stepping up their activity. The amount of time individuals spent online increased 22 percent since the start of the year and the number of recommendations soared 65 percent, according to Kay Luo, a spokeswoman for LinkedIn.

A recommendation and referral like this definitely helps. Even with a referral, recommendation or LinkedIn Introduction, your LinkedIn Profile still must show that you’re qualified and the best person for the job.

Here’s what happens when a recruiter or hiring manager is looking for someone to fill a position:

They do a search on LinkedIn for qualified candidates based on their criteria, such as job titles, keywords, and geographic location. Then a list of people who meet those criteria comes up in the LinkedIn results list. They skim- and-scan the list of Profiles to find people they want to follow up with, and eliminate those that they don’t want to contact. They choose based on what they see in your Profile.

Imagine what they see. Pages of names, photos (or not) and what I call your professional headline. That’s the few words below your name at the top of your LinkedIn Profile.

How do they select the ones to follow up with? When they skim-and-scan the results list:

1) If there’s no photo, they skip right over the Profile and go somewhere else. Gone.

2) If your professional headline catches their attention and is compelling, they click on your name to see your entire Profile. They skim-and-scan your entire Profile. (They don’t read it.) If they like what they see in the Summary section, they move down to look at your credentials.

3) If they like what they see in your credentials, you go on their list of people to follow up with.

4) If your Profile doesn’t catch their attention and show how you’re the best candidate for the job, they skip over you. You’re out of the running and still in the job pool.

So your LinkedIn Profile has two critical jobs to do for you:

1. Come up in the search results list. Be found.

2. Show that you’re the best person for the job.

Show you have what they’re looking for, and how you stand out from other candidates who do similar things. That means that your LinkedIn Profile must have the best keywords built in. It shows who you are as a person and shows you as someone they want to work with.

And the Summary section must show your “DNA Expertise” – what you’re known for and that differentiates you from other people who are in the running for the same position. If your LinkedIn Profile does these two critical jobs well, you’ll take days off your job search.

Jan Wallen shows executives how to take days off their job search. Jan is in demand for her LinkedIn strategies and expertise for job searches, her analytical ability and hands-on, energetic and interactive style that gives her clients and audiences real-time results. Call Jan now to take days off of your job search. For your copy of “Mastering LinkedIn in 7 Days or Less” and to sign up for Jan’s eColumn, go to: http://www.linkedinworks.com).

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That’s a great question… and one for which there is no “magic” answer. But if you’re in the job hunt at this point, you might swear that the process seems to be taking longer than ever before.

At the heart of the problem is the fact that most companies receive unprecedented volumes of resumes in response to any job posting. In other words, the popularity of Internet job search is at least partly to blame for extending the job search process.

However, even seasoned professionals and executives using targeted networking and other types of job search methods are finding their quest is ongoing. Some prominent studies suggest that a job search will take one MONTH for every $10,000 of salary.

What’s a well-qualified candidate to do?

Here are some ways to gauge how long your job hunt might take, and some methods to start addressing it-long BEFORE frustration sets in:

1 – First assess the factors that may affect the duration of your search. In particular, the amount of time you’ll need to invest will be largely dependent upon the following:

- Your qualifications for the role you seek vs. that of your competition

- The industry in which you may be limiting your search

- Economic conditions affecting demand for your skills or within your industry

- Any factors that play into selection by recruiters (an unfinished degree, frequent job changes, short tenure at your current position, etc.)

- Any other mitigating circumstances, such as large numbers of people exiting your field (such as in the mortgage or construction industries) or relatively high pay for your career goal (including the field of pharmaceutical sales) that encourages applicants to flood employers with resumes

- The type of job search you conduct (i.e., online only or using networking to expand your options)

- Your level of preparation for the job hunt itself

While a few short years ago, candidates could call a few recruiters and quickly line up interviews, hiring authorities-and systems-have become increasingly particular about the content of your resume.

Spend extra time developing one or more resumes (and cover letters) that concisely reflect your career goals, keeping length to two pages or less (C-suite candidates may need three pages). Be sure to address any potential issues in your work history, such as gaps in employment, potential age bias, or other issues, as the payoff can be significant.

2 – Next, take a look at your methods, and expand them beyond Internet-only search.

Online search efforts CAN be fruitful, but for many applicants, the low rate of return (anywhere from 4 to 18 percent) can severely limit your success.

There are numerous ways to expand your search beyond the Internet. For example, look at professional associations as a source of networking. While each organization is different, some conduct in-person meetings frequented by recruiters.

In addition, take a look at the social networking sites, including LinkedIn, Ryze, Naymz, Plaxo, Twitter, FaceBook, and others. Maximizing your connections and availability on these sites can put you in front of hiring authorities-plus give you another avenue to search for job postings.

Don’t forget about using recruiters. If you haven’t found a good source in your industry, simply google to find recruiting firms that specialize in your field.

Think of professional recruiters as another networking source that you must cultivate and manage; after all, they’re in front of employers constantly and can let you know of great insider opportunities.

3 – Last, revise your thinking about job hunting itself.

A successful search is no more than a means by which to spread the word about your leadership qualifications. Job hunters who embrace technology and the latest wave of search techniques are actually CREATING demand for their skills, using a combination of viral marketing and online networking.

Tools such blogging for your area of expertise, or creation of a web portfolio that allows the reader to drill further to get more detail on your accomplishments are part of the emerging “job search 2.0″ movement.

In essence, the theory is that the more you establish yourself as an expert in your field, the easier it will be to have others pursue YOU for your unique capabilities.

In short, while some facets of a job hunt may be beyond your control, you CAN significantly cut down the amount of time needed to find your next opportunity by using the most productive search methods, and developing a business presence that can catapult the ROI for your efforts into high gear.

Certified Executive Resume Writer and Career Coach Laura Smith-Proulx is the Executive Director of Executive Resume Expert and An Expert Resume. Published in six career bestsellers, she is a former corporate recruiter who has achieved a strong success rate winning interviews for executives by presenting a compelling leadership brand.

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I made a video a while back to see if atheists would take the “Mark of the Beast” if it meant they couldn’t by or sell without it like the Bible says. The response seemed to support many Rapture Christian assumptions that atheists would still take the mark, believing it was just a coincidence going along with the Bible. One atheist I talked with on Propeller said he thought even I would take the “Mark of the Beast” IF not taking it meant I wouldn’t be able to get my money out of the bank. But, looking back on it, I think I needed to ask and probe further with questions. What was missing from the equation was, “IF you woke up and were hearing reports of Christians missing from their jobs and what not” (who knows how many missing, but, I’m guessing, enough to make the news in a major way as seen in Christian fiction shows), would you STILL take that mark on your right hand or forehead to buy and sell IF the demand from a charismatic world leader CALLED for it? Believe it or not, I’m thinking that even YOU, as an atheists, WOULDN’T fall for what Christians THINK you’d fall for (space aliens removing Christians from the planet so progress can take place, making atheists and non-Christians happy), and, you would actually think you are in the Great Tribulation and WOULDN’T take that mark, risking damnation. That’s what I’m betting. But, hey, maybe Rapture Christians ARE right and you WOULD think it was the space aliens that beamed Christians away and you’d STILL take the mark

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