Effective Ways to Search for (and Retain) Employment

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In today's economy, many people who have worked in lucrative careers are either unemployed or under-employed. However, there are a number of ways that you can enhance your job search to land the position that you really want. And, once you receive the news that you're hired, you'll also need to know how to make sure you're invaluable as an employee.

Before you send your information to employers, make sure that your resume is stellar. Even if your career spans over two or three decades, it's important to keep your resume as short as possible. Hiring managers need to be able to skim through your resume and see your major accomplishments and qualifications in just a few seconds. Start your resume with a short objective or mission stating, detailing what you hope to accomplish in your new position, and the skills that you're bringing to the table. Include the dates you worked at each of your most recent positions, and provide references if you have them. This shows supervisors that you're reliable and consistent, and that other people can vouch for your professionalism.

When you're called for an interview, dress neatly and professionally, even if the company where you're interviewing has a business casual dress code. Be sure to greet the hiring manager with a firm handshake, smile warmly and make eye contact when you're speaking and listening during the interview. Come prepared with a list of questions that you want to ask the interviewer concerning the history of the company, what your daily duties would be, and whether there are opportunities for growth with the company. A day or so after the interview, send a follow-up email thanking the interviewer for his/her time and stating that you look forward to getting a response soon.

Once you're officially employed, continue learning all you can about the position you're in. Download free software tutorials and ask questions as often as you need to. Volunteer to help colleagues with projects, and take notes during business meetings. Take it upon yourself to give your boss a weekly progress report, so that you can receive regular feedback on the job you're doing. And, of course, keep your ear open for the possibility of a promotion. If you've been doing your best to contribute to the company's success, you'll have the confidence to negotiate a raise when the time comes.

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