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Despite news that first-time jobless claims have taken a dip last week, the national unemployment rate continues to hold steady at 9.7%.  Finding a job is still a priority for so many Americans and is taking another step in its quest to help them get back to work with another in a series of broad-based free webinars that will allow job seekers to ask former recruiters anything.

The webinar, slated for Friday, April 30, 2010, from 12 to 1 p.m. coinciding with the traditional lunch break, is designed to provide career information, advice and resources to help students entering the workforce and employed professionals land their next job.  The monthly free webinars offer users a taste of what is offered during the more focused webinars offered each week at $27.  Last month, over 1,000 participants signed up for the free career guidance. You must register to participate.  Go to

“Despite signs of an economic recovery, job seekers still find themselves in a challenging and highly competitive marketplace.  Vault has a long history of providing the critical insight and information to enable high potential candidates to build and execute a well planned job search strategy.  Vault’s proven tools help candidates identify the right industry, the right role and the right company,” said Claude Sheer, Vault CEO.  “Our career experts will pack this one hour session with experiences and strategies built over a combined 40 years of career management experience.”

Vault career experts and SixFigureStart co-founders Connie Thanasoulis-Cerrachio and Caroline Ceniza-Levine are former Fortune 500 recruiters who have led staffing groups at Citigroup, Warner-Lambert-Pfizer, Merrill Lynch and Time Inc.  Together, the duo will be on hand to provide resume writing, interview preparation, and other job search-related advice.  They are prepared to answer the toughest job search quandaries for those at the executive level to those beginning their first job search.

Participants can look forward to discovering answers to some of the following questions:

  • I am losing jobs after getting to the final round of the interview process.  What am I doing wrong?
  • How do I respond when a job posting asks for a salary history and requirements?
  • I am working full-time.  What’s the best way to manage time during a part-time job search?
  • I am miserable in my new job after less than six months.  How can I leave without damaging future prospects?

“The job search is tough and only candidates with exceptional job search skills are getting placed,” said Connie Thanasoulis-Cerrachio.  “Taking part in these webinars will give you the edge needed to beat the competition, and there is a lot of competition out there, from the employed to the unemployed; and let’s not forget the college graduates that will be hitting the job marketplace in May.  Get all the critical advice you need during your lunch break.”

While this webinar is free, space is limited and filled on a first come, first served basis.  Vault encourages all participants to go to for more information and to register immediately as each webinar is announced.  Submit your questions in advance to or pose them during the webinar.  Questions submitted in advance will be answered first.

In Case You Missed It: Identify Your Ideal Job Targets

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While you were eating a delicious ham sandwich (or salad for you vegetarians) and watching a hilarious YouTube video that ends like most YouTube videos, with someone landing awkwardly, you were missing out on some important career information presented by your friends at and SixFigureStart.   That’s the bad news.  The good news is that next week, you will have another chance to advance your job search with another life changing (am I being overdramatic?) webinar – this time, it’s for free.

But before we get into that, let’s discuss what you missed this week.  Caroline Ceniza-Levine, who presented How the Hiring Process Really Works last week, was once again on hand to help individuals identify their ideal job target.  It’s not as simple as you think.  According to Ms. Ceniza-Levine, simply saying that you want to work in the finance industry is not enough, considering how broad a field that is.  There are actually three important elements to choosing an ideal career topic – industry, function and geography.  So, in truth, while you may have a finance background, your fascination with the media industry and your desire to stay in New York filters your requirements, making your ideal job target a financial services position at a media company in New York City.

Your ideal job target does not have anything to do with the salary, the company culture and the stock options that are available.  Those are personally driven criteria that you can filter out after you have decided what you want to be when you grow up.  It’s the market driven decisions that matter, as recruiters come up with job postings that are easily searchable based on your job target.

So, why is this important?  According to Caroline, identifying your ideal target is the first step in a successful job search and directly impacts other steps, like the creation of a resume, the research you conduct on sites like or the networking opportunities you will seek out.  Caroline discusses how the job target directly impacts the other five steps in the job search and discusses several ways to come up with your job target, from creating a prototype based on the profiles of other successful business people to following a number of different industry trends.  Caroline details a number of different exercises which will bring job seekers closer to their goals and offers up a number of resources that will help in the process.

Caroline also answered questions, including:

– How long does it have to be before you have identified your career target?

– How do you schedule time for a job search when you are already employed and working 40, 50 or 60 hours a week?

– Is it possible to conduct simultaneous job searches for two different career targets?

– How do you deal with career changer (media to accounting, profit to non-profit)  interview without looking scattered?

There is a lot of information available in this webinar and for $27, it can still be downloaded by going to

And that brings us to next week, when you can ask any question of Vault’s career services experts and find out the secrets to the job search from those who have actually done the hiring.  The webinar, scheduled during your lunch break (YouTube can wait) on Friday, April 30, 2010, from 12-1 p.m., is free of charge.  What’s better than free?  Last time the seminar was free, job seekers learned the top 5 strengths needed for the interview; tips on references; the four things you need to get the job; information on salary negotiation and a special cheat trick you need to know for getting your resume to the next stage; and more.  To register, go to the same site at

There are jobs out there.  Don’t lose out.

Insider Job Search and Interview Tips from Top Recruiters

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While the national unemployment rate remains at 9.7%, career experts are noticing more activity of late with many companies looking to hire in anticipation of a prolonged recovery.  But in a difficult economy, these same companies are being extra selective as to who they let in the front door, and only those with excellent job search skills are getting hired.  To address the needs of job seekers, and SixFigureStart teamed up to offer a free webinar earlier today to provide resume writing, interview preparation, and other job search-related advice from Connie Thanasoulis-Cerrachio and Caroline Ceniza-Levine, former Fortune 500 recruiters who have led staffing groups at Citigroup, Warner-Lambert-Pfizer, Merrill Lynch and Time Inc.

Straight into the webinar, Caroline squashed the notion that there is a hostile relationship between recruiters and job seekers.  She assured the 1,163 webinar attendees that recruiters want applicants to get the job and informed listeners that they are 80% responsible for the outcome of the interview.  She added that most recruiters can tell within the first few minutes of an interview whether they would hire that person. That’s bad news if an applicant is a late starter or has a tendency to ramble for 15 minutes before hitting the real meat of what makes them a good prospect.

For those that do get past the initial stages, Connie also addressed the ego issue where applicants feel they are almost guaranteed to get the job once they get into the final round of interviews. She noted that if four people are considered perfect for the job, they are all on equal ground with clean slates heading into the decision-making rounds.

In between the first and final rounds, both Caroline and Connie expressed the need to maintain contact.  Caroline expressed shock at the questions of some guests who wondered if a thank you note is necessary after an interview, a telling sign that even the obvious rules are not always obvious to all job seekers.  Caroline believes the thank you note is more than a simple showing of appreciation, but an opportunity to take the discussion from the interview to a whole new level.  In addition, she added that it is not only important to stay in contact with the recruiter, but with everyone involved in the decision-making process.  While applicants are 80% responsible for the outcome of an interview, nullifying the 20% that is out of your hands is just as important.  Anything an applicant can do in the “white-space” between one interview and the next can eliminate the “out of sight, out of mind” philosophy some may have toward you.

On the networking front, Connie noted that it is always important to stay in close touch with notable contacts, from parents to former professors to a friend from the gym – whether it be a warm holiday greeting or a question about their plans for the summer; stay on their radar.

Here are more tips from the webinar:

Top 5 Needed Strengths for the Interview: Analytical Skills, Communication Skills, Teamwork, Integrity, Creative Problem Solving – applicants must be prepared to demonstrate examples of each.

Tips on References: Most applicants don’t think about references until asked.  They should be thought about well in advance – who will best be able to promote you in the eyes of those responsible for hiring you.  According to Caroline and Connie, it is ok to coach your references who may not know exactly what specific examples to address in order to help you get the job.

Four Things You Need To Get the Job: Networking Smarts, Excellent Research Skills, Strong Marketing Materials, Quality Follow-up Skills.

Volunteer vs. Temp Work: You do not have to say you volunteered at a company.  The substance of the work you performed is more important.

Salary Negotiation: According to Connie, everything is up for negotiation and she has never seen anyone withdraw a job if someone asked for more money.

Cheat Resume Trick: Put keywords at the bottom of your resume, such as investment banking or private equity, and then turn that type white, so they are invisible to the naked eye, but viewable by programs filtering out candidates based on keywords and advancing those who meet the criteria to the next level.

To hear more from the seminar, including additional advice, explanations and helpful anecdotes, download the webinar at

Vault is offering additional webinars.  Those who would like more pointed advice about the interview process should check out the following two offerings (note, these are not free webinars and cost $27 to participate):

Master the Interview, Part 1:  How to Ace Any Interview – Thursday, April 1st from 12-1pm EST

Get a recruiter’s perspective on how the process really works

  • What are the top 5 things you should do during an interview?
  • What are the biggest mistakes and how to avoid them?
  • What are the different types of interviews?
  • How can you ace any interview and get to the 2nd round?

Presenter:       Connie Thanasoulis-Cerrachio

Cost:      $27, includes live call and downloadable Mp3 recording

Click here to register

Master the Interview, Part 2:  12 Most Common Interview Questions Decoded Friday, April 9th from 12-1pm EST

What are the 12 most popular interview questions and what do employers really want to know when they ask them?

  • There is an endless amount of questions you might be asked.  What are the 3 types of questions and the best approach for each;
  • You know you need to give examples.  What are the 5 pieces of information that make up a comprehensive example;
  • Interviews are stressful!  What strategies and tips can help you be your best right at the start of the interview?

Presenter: Caroline Ceniza-Levine

Cost:      $27, includes live call and downloadable Mp3 recording

Click here to register

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