According to the August 2012 details from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for Missouri is 7.2% and Illinois is 9.1%. These figures appear that the rates may not improve rapidly enough for Americans to believe that the economy is recovering from its unsettling slump. So many companies are conducting layoffs unexpectedly; while many other organizations are slowing or freezing the hiring of new employees. No job is 100% secure or guaranteed, and anyone is susceptible to a layoff.
I truly understand that a good job is so hard to find, because more and more organizations are using temp services to employ interim laborers and contract workers. However, many of these same organizations are genuinely looking for that exceptional or extraordinary applicant to hire permanently who can help lead the company to productivity increases. You could be that applicant. So what does it take to improve your chances of standing out above the other hundred applicants who are applying for the same positions that you are? Well here are three of my improvement ideas.
Give your current resume a facelift: The quality of your resume has a substantial influence on the first impression to the resume reviewer, and to the hiring manager. Your resume is your bibliography, and when a potential employer examines it, you want it to tell them who you are, what you know, and how you can enhance their organization. Your resume is your introduction to a potential employer, and the first meeting should be a memorable one. Consult with a professional resume writer who can assist you with an unbeatable resume.
Acquire a professional looking email address: Every job seeker should have an email address that is very pleasant sounding with a very appropriate appearance. An email such as firstname.lastname@example.org is not a professional address. It would be wise to create an email that has your first and last name included, for example, email@example.com is a more acceptable address. Your email address is your online calling card.
Join social media and networking services: Social networking sites are ideal locations that have a broad audience where you can self-promote your resume, work experiences, and employment background. Online networking for employment is a great tool that can display your employment profile to hiring managers, new contacts, and a prospective employer.
Odie Smith is author of Mr. and Mrs. Smith’s Employment Survival Guide.
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