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Employment Advice For Today's Tough Economic Times

Jun 16

Employment Advice For Today's Tough Economic Times

Finding a job these days is difficult, even if you are just looking for a few hours a week. You really need to formulate a tough strategy and stick with it until you finally land a job. The following article can help you find employment with some very useful tips and interesting tricks.

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Prepare your best in advance for the interview that you are going on. This means that you can recite your responses in front of a mirror to get a better idea of what you want to say. Also, this will help to ease some of the tension that you may experience.

 

Make a form that will assist you when you fill out applications. Applications usually ask you to recall information from the past. It's a great idea to have a cheat sheet on which have this hard to remember material recorded. That will make your applications easier to fill out.

 

If you are going to use someone as a reference for a job, make sure you give them the heads up. You don't want to have a potential employer give someone a call, and they are not expecting it. This increases the likelihood that they will say something that could be damaging.

 

During your first week on the job, stay as late as you possibly can. This will show that you have a great work ethic and mean business. Furthermore, it serves to form a quality first impression with your co-workers and upper management that will be responsible for promoting you in the future.

 

Try doing a practice interview before you go to interview for a new job. Have a friend or family member play the role of the interviewer. This will help you be prepared when you go to your interview. It will also help you remain calm and collected when you are at your interview because you are better prepared.

 

On whichever phone number you're giving out on applications and your resume, don't forget to have an answering machine. If a potential employer calls and you're out at an interview, you'll need to know who they were and how to reach them. Don't forget to include a professional-sounding message, too.

 

Get help. There are numerous free or low cost services available that can help you obtain everything from career advice to resume writing. A good place to start your search for these services is your local library and Department of Labor. Look for applicable classes and workshops and sign up!

 

Your resume will often be the first thing that a prospective employer will see, and without a good resume, you can rest assured that you won't be called in for an interview! Show your resume to your friends and family members whose opinions you value to get their feedback and advice.

 

With the economy in a slump and more businesses laying off workers, it's a very discouraging time to be without employment. Hopefully this article has given you some new and helpful tips that can get you among the ranks of the employed sooner rather than later. Chin up and keep trying!