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Finding Employment When You�re Just Starting Out
If it�s your first job out of high school, college, or university, you might be perplexed as to how to find employment. But you needn�t worry; there are plenty of ways to snag employment.
Employment Hint #1: Write an excellent resume
One of the biggest mistakes that job seekers make is to not have an effective resume (called a curriculum vitae or CV overseas). If you�ve never written one before, now is the time to beef up your skills in this area. You can actually find help from a number of sources, including at your local library and on the Internet. There are also many online firms that will write resumes for you, but be wary. If you�re just starting out in your career, it�s unlikely that these services will be very helpful. Instead, stick with less costly methods for putting together a resume.
Employment Hint #2: Tell everyone you�re on the lookout
One of the best ways to find employment is to tell every person you know that you�re actively seeking a job. For many persons, the first job is found through friends. It�s really the law of averages � the more people who are aware of your employment search, the more chances that a job offer will come through.
Employment Hint #3: Check online and print sources for employment
Don�t forget to look through your local paper for employment classified ads. Though this might seem �low tech� in today�s cyber world, it�s a great way to find your first job. You can also try looking online at Hotjobs, Careerbuilder, and Monster. Just be wary of any employment �opportunity� that seems too good to be true, because it probably is.
Employment Hint #4: Don�t stay unemployed for long
Even if you have to take a low-paying job, it�s important for you to continue to make money while searching for steady employment. If you have to flip burgers for a while, so be it; at least you�ll be showing some initiative. Many first-time job seekers (and even mature job seekers) forget that there�s no shame in taking on a minimum wage job to pay the bills until a higher paying employment option comes along.
Employment Hint #5: Join a professional group
If you�ve graduated from college or university with a professional degree, why not invest in a membership to a local organization? For instance, if you have a degree in accounting, there could be a professional accounting nonprofit in your area. By becoming a member, you may just hear about employment openings that aren�t offered to the public. You�ll also meet people who could help you get a job or who would be willing to employ you themselves.
Remember that the savvy job seeker always exhausts every avenue and never gives up. When you�re looking for employment, it can seem as if time is just standing still, but if you play your cards right, you�ll find a job long before your bank account has fizzled out.
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