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"The current job market requires a much more aggressive approach, as well as some creativity," says Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc., an outplacement company. That does not mean using colored resume paper. It means you have to find new ways to get in front of hiring authorities, look where others are not and be willing to take jobs most people would avoid, said Challenger. Sounds like, "Do what others fail to do." Challenger offers some advice for entry-level candidates, but these ideas work for any job seeker. Scripps Howard News Service

Have a seat and stay awhile. If there is a company for which you want to work, but you cannot get an appointment with the manager of the specific department, then show up at the person's office and simply wait until he or she gives you 10 minutes. You have nothing to lose and you will have gained an interview without a resume!

Show up early and often. The manager you need to talk with will most likely have free time before or after normal work hours. If normal hours are 9 to 5, show up at 8 a.m., or arrive at the end of the day and be prepared to stay until 6 p.m. to make a compelling case as to why you deserve an interview.

Use your research skills on the Web. You can find virtually anyone or any company on one of the hundreds of social and professional networking sites like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

Create your own job fair. Plan a social event and invite friends and family who are working. Create business cards. Social events can foster business references.

Join professional associations. Practically every profession has an associated society or member organization. Join and network.

Land that interview. Listen actively and answer questions succinctly. Be prepared to sell yourself.

Advertise your job search. Use the network you have cultivated, including former bosses, internship supervisors, teachers and classmates. Do not hesitate to approach former professors to go over your resume and find job leads. Talk to older friends who may have already found a job. You must make it known that you are looking.

Search smarter and harder for a job 07/16/09 [Last modified: Thursday, July 16, 2009 6:21pm]
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