It is certainly understandable to be worried about rising unemployment and inflation. It seems everywhere you turn all the news talks about the falling US dollar, pending inflation, and the tough job market.
So what can you do to take full advantage of those resources you have available to you to help with your job search? Savvy job searchers know where and how to look for jobs. Job Centers can aid to your job hunting needs, provide employment and resume writing tips, and help your job search efforts if you know where to find them and how to use them. There are state wide job centers, city and regional job centers so start local and discover what available resources are just waiting for you, often times free of charge.
Even though job hunting has moved to online and internet resources, do not forget that newspapers always have great options for job searches. There are always jobs posted in the newspaper classifieds, typically local and small business employment opportunities. There are some surprisingly great jobs posted there so do not overlook this once widely used resource.
There are many places to look for job openings. The method of conducting your job search will also depend on what type of jobs you are looking for. For example, if you are looking for a job in the medical field, then you might want to go directly to hospital websites and apply. See if your local hospitals or wellness centers have any local job board postings or an open door walk-in policy with their HR department. Other employment fields such as school districts sometimes have special ways for teachers to get hired.
Visit your local job center to start your job search. Most employment centers often know who to contact or speak to at local employers so using them to network and create a contact list of your own can make the difference in your job hunt. Great jobs are not always easy to find these days. Get out there and show the employer that you are the person they want to hire.
If you are in between jobs, unemployed, or looking for that perfect work from home business, consider professional resume writing as an option. Truth be told, there are hundreds if not thousands of resume writing services out there. But as the job market is showing signs of life and unemployment over the next few years is anticipated to drop, millions of currently out of work professionals may require resume help and advice.
But no matter what sort of business you decide on, know that you have options. Check with your state or local government because there are many government programs out there for the laid off and unemployed worker who wants to start a business, even a virtual business. Check with the Self Employment Assistance Program in your state. New York, Maine, New Jersey, Delaware, Oregon and Pennsylvania are a few states who offer such programs.
Many of these government assistance programs are created to help you support yourself by launching your own business. They are designed to assist displaced workers build a business that will contribute back to the state economy and creating jobs. If you have ever dreamed of starting your own business, your layoff could be the catalyst for making that dream come true. Turn over every rock you can and check with your local chamber of commerce for any small business grants or business assistance programs that you can take part in.
Objective: College graduate looking for a career where I can make a difference.
Objective: I have a bachelors in Business and Management I am looking for a position where I can use my skills to benefit a company.
Objective: I have a passion and an aptitude for Business and Management. As a recent graduate, I am bringing you my academic achievements and education so that I can begin my career as a member of your organization.
Which of these three resume objective examples are more likely to get an employer’s attentions? The simple truth, None of Them!
Most resume formats, examples, templates, and so-called professional resume advice, often recommends putting an objective on a resume. But why? Who made this rule and does the resume objective really convey your true career and employment goals?
Generally, employee’s career goals and job satisfaction requirements are (1) compensation (i.e. money), (2) benefits to include some aspect of medical insurance coverage and paid time off from work, whether vacation and/or sick time. (3) Job fulfillment and acknowledgement amongst peers, (4) recognition and rewards, and (5) a positive work environment. Are any of these job satisfaction requirements clearly communicated in your resume objective statement? Personally, if you wanted your resume objective to honestly convey your employment goals, a more accurate statement would say something like this.
Objective: To earn the highest income my skills will allow with the least amount of time spent on the job and having ample career growth opportunities. All the while being engaged and actively supporting my employer’s needs within an enjoyable working environment.
Yes, this may put a smile of your face or even make you pause for a moment, but ask yourself, isn’t this really what you would like to say?
Resume writing is more then facts and timelines, your education, professional work experience, qualifications and skills. There is an art to writing a resume that can attract the right employer and the right job opportunity. An objective on a resume has no purpose. The intent of a resume is to sell your qualifications and skills to potential employers. Tell them what you can do for them, not what you want! Think about this for a moment. The act of applying for a job tells an employer you want to be considered for career opportunities. What’s the point of telling them in your resume objective that you are seeking a position or looking for a position. Rather, use your resume to tell employers why you qualify for the position you are applying for. This important distinction can be the difference between getting hired for that job or being passed over. The choice is yours, choose wisely.
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Is your resume up to date? Ready to take on the New Year job market!
Economic predictions based in large part to a growing opinion amongst economist suggest the stagnant unemployment rate which loomed throughout 2010, will begin to decline in early 2011 as companies begin to hire employees. With the bulk of publicly held companies reporting record short term capital cash assets on their balance sheets; largely in part to hording profits, labor reductions and decreased operating cost for nearly two years. It is no surprise corporations are positioning themselves to reemerge in 2011 with an anticipated hiring boom.
Unemployment remains high and not even those web bot predictions could have seen the unemployment downturn having lasted this long. However, it seems we are about to turn the corner with a revival in the job market, so college graduates and out of work professionals may start to breath a little easier with new employment opportunities on the horizon.
I am often perplexed, why most economy news tends to focuses primarily on world economy trends, economic indicators, and unemployment rates as though every out of work professional requires more education and retraining. Not every unemployed professional is an out of work fat guy who pushed buttons on an assembly line! The unreported and often ignored unemployment issue when the unemployment rate significantly increases is the lack of opportunity and movement within the job market. When these challenging times occur, employees stay put in their jobs in hopes they can keep it and with it comes a lack of growth opportunities amongst working professionals. It has been suggested that anywhere from three to five percent of the employable workforce are highly skilled employees who find themselves not without education, skills, or experience. But rather, a lack of opportunities and available openings companies are actively trying to fill.
This stagnation in the work force has dwindled careers and challenged even the hardiest of executive professionals. But will 2011 be any different. The outlook is good but with a cautious hint of slow and steady employment growth.
Insider reports from employment agencies, professional recruiters, professional contract and consultants all are seeing an up tick in communications between the industry and companies in December 2010. It seems apparent that we will see an immediate and rapid increase in job opportunities and hiring throughout the first quarter of 2011. Therefore, you need to ask yourself, are you ready to compete for those jobs when they become available? Is your resume skills and experience up to date? Good paying jobs are coming. I personally have noticed an upswing in the hourly rate contract work wages.
If you are currently unemployed, ready to leave that dead end job, or job hunting, get ready for 2011. Take a few moments during this holiday season and corporate downtime to get your paperwork in order. Writing a resume that is reflective to the job descriptions and job titles you are seeking is something you should be doing now, while you have the time before January 2011 arrives. Being lazy and putting off your career goals is a surefire way to loose out on those job opportunities. So Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to all, although take a moment and get ready for the impending employment upswing.