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  • Even if you never land on the best-seller list, you now add expertise to your resume by becoming an author through digital self-publishing tools.

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    Getting Started With Self Publishing For Job-Seekers
    Even if you never land on the best-seller list, you now add expertise to your resume by becoming an author through digital self-publishing tools.

    There are certain professional signifiers that help a resume stand out, such as advanced degrees, management experience or entrepreneurship. But if you don’t have those experiences, there’s another title you can add to your resume in a few short months: Published author.

    The world of digital self-publishing allows job-seekers to brand themselves as an expert in their field if they know the right tools, process and people to collaborate with. Here is a step-by-step guide to get you started.

    Identify your area of expertise
    Think about on what topics do your colleagues or friends come to you for advice. Email a few close current or former colleagues and ask in what professional area they trust you most. Ask a mentor what is your best career skill. It doesn’t have to be Ted Talk material, it just has to be useful to someone else in their work.

    Research similar books on your topic
    Once you have identified where you excel, search Amazon to see what books currently exist on this topic. Compare and contrast the highly rated as well as the poorly reviewed books, to see what characteristics produce a successful title versus an unsuccessful one. You can use the popular books for research, but remember you also want to create something unique.

    Narrow your niche
    The broader your topic, the stiffer the competition. So instead, become an expert that stands apart by taking existing topics and applying it to your specific industry. You can often do this simply by adding the name of your profession after the topic. For example,

    Write
    Here’s the secret to writing: There is no secret. This is where you simply sit down and get your expertise out of your head and onto the page.

    Hire an editor and an illustrator
    Self-publishing is a slight misnomer. You’ll still likely need help from a few other professionals, including an editor and illustrator to make your words shine. Fortunately, there are are many online communities that make it easy to hire freelance professionals, including Fivver.com and Behance.com.

    Publish
    There are no shortage of services online to help you get your work out in the world in e-book or paper form, including Tablo, Reedsy and many more. One of the most popular is Amazon’s Kindle Direct publishing, which can take less than five minutes to upload to Amazon’s worldwide marketplace.

    If you’ve made it this far, congratulations! Getting on the best-seller list would be a nice touch, but even if you don’t, you now have a title to add pop to your resume.

    This article is contributed by Right Management, www.rightmanagement.sg, the global career experts within the ManpowerGroup.

  • If you want to search for a new job but worried that your current employer may find out, here are seven ways to keep your job search under the radar.

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    How to Keep Your Job Search a Secret
    If you want to search for a new job but worried that your current employer may find out, here are seven ways to keep your job search under the radar.

    Once you let on that you're searching for a job, it won't be long before everyone knows it—even your boss. Learn how to search for a new job in secret with these helpful tips!

    Don't post your plans on social media – It's easy to tweet or update your Facebook profile, but think twice before doing it. Some companies monitor employees' social media accounts. Even if yours doesn't, a co-worker may see your update and spread the news for you.

    Keep LinkedIn settings locked down – The social media rule includes LinkedIn. That doesn't mean you can't use LinkedIn for prospecting, networking and learning about new job opportunities. However, what you don't want to do is unwittingly send a notification to your boss about your job search activities, so turn notifications off before updating your LinkedIn profile. If you update your LinkedIn profile regularly, then it won't be be a red flag to your current employer.

    Schedule interviews before or after work – Don't risk getting caught by scheduling interviews during work hours, and that includes lunch. You don't want to risk being late getting back to work because your interview went longer than expected or you were held up in traffic.

    Don't use your work computer or other resources to look for work – Most companies monitor computer and network use, so don't use company resources in your job search. That includes the Internet. Using your own phone and computer could also be risky if you're connected through the company network, so use your personal time for job searches.

    Don't post your resume to online job boards – Your name, your phone number, and your current employer's name all can be detected by Google Alerts. Someone at your company likely subscribes to those keywords. Plus, if your company's HR department is look at job boards, they could find your resume. If you do post, extract your name, phone number, address, and current company name from the resume before posting.

    Don't dress up – If dressing up isn't something you ordinarily do, doing so now will send a signal that you've got a job interview. Instead, leave extra time before/after your interview to change into your interview attire, then to change back into your everyday work gear. Alternatively, if your corporate dress code allows, start incorporating business professional attire into your daily wardrobe!

    Ask interviewers for discretion – During your interview, you can request that the interviewer not contact your current employer until you've accepted their offer. If they ask for references, give them your past employers instead.

    During a job search, it's important to put your best foot forward to potential employers. These tips keep you safe in your current role, so you can confidently focus on the next step in your professional journey.

    This article is contributed by Right Management, www.rightmanagement.sg, the global career experts within the ManpowerGroup.

  • If you find yourself searching for a job, you can use Google Alerts to have the job openings come to you.

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    How to Use Google Alerts to Search for a Job
    If you find yourself searching for a job, you can use Google Alerts to have the job openings come to you.

    Google Alerts is a tool provided by the search engine Google to allow anyone to track certain keywords that are important to them. Companies use them to be notified of when their brands are mentioned in the press, search engine marketers use them to identify opportunities for marketing through Google, and journalists use them for important research they wish to conduct for news reporting. There are many uses for this free tool, one of which is to make your job search activities more efficient and effective.

    Here are some ways you can use Google Alerts to find your next job.

    Track the names of companies you'd like to work for – Many companies post job notices at various job boards online. If you have your eye on a particular company you'd like to be employed by, start a Google Alert for that company name. You'll be notified when they post a job opening online.

    Track job titles – If you're gunning for a particular position—for instance, warehouse supervisor—you can start a Google Alert for that position. Then, for each company that posts a job position for that title, you'll receive a notification.

    Track specific industries – If you work within specific industries, then you can add a Google Alert for each industry in which you work. Start an alert for each industry and add the word “hiring” to you alert. You can also add specific job titles. You'll receive notifications for each open position posted anywhere online.

    Start a Google Alert for job search topics – Words like “apply for,” “position open,” and “send resume” plus your job skill will result in notifications for positions advertised online for those positions.

    You can opt to receive your notifications daily or weekly. Google Alerts will scan the Web and notify you for each job search term you want to track. You'll receive a link to each web page that uses each of your search terms including job boards, company websites, news portals, and blogs. It's a powerful way to ensure open job positions come to you so you don't have to spend hours searching for them.

    This article is contributed by Right Management, www.rightmanagement.sg, the global career experts within the ManpowerGroup.

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