Job Hunting Hope

Nov 21, 09 Job Hunting Hope
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The statistics say that there are six applicants for every single job opening.  Considering how long the recession has raged, the job market is more competitive than it has ever been.  If you have found yourself back on the job market, it behooves you to become aware of job hunting resources that can be the difference in being hired.  Obtaining job hunting software or joining a reliable job hunting website are just a few things that you can do to increase your chances of finding a job.

Here are some additional things that you can do to land that important job:

1.  Know what type of job you would like get.  Crashing job fairs that offer work not related to one’s degree, work experience, or preference is a waste of time.

Think about your interests, talents, geographic preference, among many other factors before you proceed with the application process.

2.  Be prepared with any documents that will be necessary for the application process.  This includes multiple copies of resumes, transcripts, birth certificates, and social security numbers.  Have these documents on hand in case immediate submission if needed.

3.  Look everywhere for job postings.  You can find job listing nearly anywhere and the more you vary your search the better chance you will have of finding a job.

Here are some places where you should search for job listings.

1.   Internet

One of most widely used searching options is the Internet.  The Internet allows you to search for a large number of jobs in a short amount of time.  It is also an inexpensive way to conduct your search.  If you do not own a computer with web access, you can go almost any local library and use the search the Internet.

You can also cast as wide a net as you want conducting your job search via the Internet.  You can browse local, national, or even international listings.  You can find a job hunting website that can narrow your search until you find exactly what you are looking for.

2.  Newspapers

Newspapers are still one of the most commonly used searching mediums.  Local newspapers advertise jobs that are close to where the potential applicant lives.  In addition, job listings are updated daily.

3.   Career or Job Fairs

Jobs fairs are more competitive than ever.  However, this provides a qualified candidate with a prime opportunity to seal the deal directly.  You can get invaluable face time that may be the key to getting the job that you want.  Magazines, periodicals, and web postings can be important job hunting resources that can help you stay abreast of the latest career or job fairs.

4.  Offices

Sometimes it pays to beat the pavement.  Most offices have job postings on a board that can be accessed by someone walking in.  In addition, applicants may directly go to the office to look for vacancies and then directly submit their resume or other pertinent documents.

With unemployment at 10.2%, there is no denying that finding a job is difficult.  More than likely, you will have to conduct an exhaustive search before you turn up any good opportunities.  There are jobs to be had.  However, in order to get it, you will have to go the extra ten miles.  The steps above are a good start.

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