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Top job search tips for a competitive market

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 A competitive employment market is creating new demands on job seekers according to The Career Exposure Network, the leading source of niche job sites for women, diversity and MBAs. With more candidates applying for each open position, standing apart from the competition is increasingly critical to getting the offer letter. The rules for job seeking are changing and candidates need to switch up their game to make new connections and learn new skills that will get them noticed.

It's important that you leave no stone unturned and use both broad and niche job-seeking sites. Broad job sites are easy one-stop-shops for job seeking, but don't overlook niche sites that are tailored by profession, industry, skill set or gender. By using niche sites,  job seekers can connect with employers that are targeting their specific demographic. Who can afford to miss that?

Also make sure to employ virtual and in-person networking strategies. Certainly call and e-mail former co-workers, colleagues and business associates to get connections. You should also join associations or volunteer in your area of interest to create new contacts. Use online networks and build connections virtually. Consider jumping into social networks and blogs where you can find, follow and chat with people who work at companies or in industries you find of interest.

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