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In a tight economy when not many companies are hiring,
continuing to look for work may seem like a futile effort. However, there are
ways to improve your prospects for actually finding employment. Here are ten
great tips to help you do just that.
One of the most thorough means of finding employment these
days is using different websites and online services that cater to job seekers.
For example, Career Builder can provide you with a list of job offerings in
your area. Certain websites and services, however, may offer you better results
Many people simply apply for jobs by submitting resumes
online. Even if you submit your resume in person, it may be hard to leave an
If sending out resumes online or through the mail has not
worked for you, try visiting the offices of the businesses you wish to work for
in person. Taking time out of your day to visit a company’s office may show
that you are making an extra effort and are taking the job offer seriously.
In the current job market, the demand for bi-lingual
employees is extremely high. This includes companies who do business with other
countries such as China, Germany, and Japan. The increasing number of Spanish
speaking Americans has also greatly increased the need for employees who can
speak that language.
Today, many employers use an applicant’s internet presence
as part of the application process. For example, if you are a commercial
artist, include samples of your portfolio on your website.
If your use of certain general employment websites did not
produce results, you may want to try industry specific publications or
websites. There may be a section in the magazine for job postings that may not
be published elsewhere.
Sometimes it is a poorly formatted or worded resume that
causes employers to choose not to call you back. Take advantage of professional
resume services or resume work-shops at your local university to improve yourresume.
If you can’t find a decent full-time position, offer to work
part-time or to freelance for a company on a contract by contract basis. Certain
companies that are not hiring full-time may take you on. This way you can gain
extra experience and perhaps get hired for full-time employment when the
company is in the financial position to do so.
This post is brought to you by Argosy University. Drawing upon our more than 30-year history of granting degrees in professional psychology, Argosy University has developed a curriculum that focuses on interpersonal skills and practical experience alongside academic learning. Because getting a degree is one thing. Succeeding, quite another.
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