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Out of Work But Staying a Strong Candidate

Many people are currently out of work due to downsizing, job closings and business reconstructions. Despite this, there are many job positions still available in the job market. In competitive times such as this, it is extremely important for the job seeker to remain a strong candidate in the eyes of prospective employers. One must continuously make the very best efforts to seek new positions and market his or her talents. The following are tips on how a person can stay a strong candidate while out of work:

Seek Employment Daily

In order to stay on the employment radar, a job seeker must put continuous efforts into seeking employment. A passive job seeker will not stay fresh in employers’ minds because there are hundreds of thousands of people filling out applications every day. Job seekers must be proactive and complete employment applications online and in person at every place possible.

Apply More Than Once

Many large businesses have a short-term application life period. A job seeker’s application can become inactive in 30-60 days. A great way for a person to remain a strong candidate is to reapply after the application period expires. This not only shows persistence, but it also keeps that person’s name fresh in the employer’s database.

Join Career Websites

Career websites often have access to positions that are not available elsewhere. Additionally, many of these sites offer networking services. One employer may not have interest in a candidate, but it may still forward that applicant’s information to another employer. A good practice for an active job seeker is to join as many career websites as possible.

Visit Local Unemployment Office

The local unemployment office offers a wide variety of services including use of computers and job connection tools. Job counselors are also available to help people make smart employment decisions. Anyone who is out of work can take advantage of these services. The goal of the unemployment office is to return workers to the job market.

Stop doubting yourself, work hard and make it happen.

ANONYMOUS

Update Resume

Updating one’s resume is the most important aspect of success for obtaining employment. Again, there are many people competing for job positions. Having the best resume possible increases a person’s chances of being hired.

Professional resume services can help a job seeker to create the perfect piece that will peak an employer’s interest. A good resume will state that person’s talents and experience. It will also have proper formatting and wording. The style of one’s resume can often catch an employer’s eye as well. A job seeker will want to submit something that has a special flair and stands out from the rest of the resumes.

A job seeker’s best bet is to gain access to resume services. He or she will need to choose the correct template, format, time line and wording. A person’s resume is the first thing an employer looks at. In order to remain in any employer’s mind, the applicant’s resume must be spectacular.

Investing in Mom Power

Stay-at-home moms might not have as much business experience to put on a resume as they would like, but they can list plenty of practical experience based on their work raising their children. A mom has to handle raising kids, keeping the house clean, cooking for the family, and all of the other little tasks that keep everyone’s life running smoothly day in and day out. When a mom is ready to get back out into the business world, she can use the work she has done at home to enhance her resume.

Specialized Skills

Being at home with the children gives a mom the opportunity to pursue interests that she might not have looked into if she were working full time away from home. A mom who spends several hours each day communicating through social networking websites can list that on a resume as computer literacy. She is probably also a fast and accurate typist, which can help with some potential jobs outside her home. Any special hobbies that a mom enjoys could translate into marketable skills depending on the kind of job she is looking for.

Expert at Multi-Tasking

A mother’s work is rarely linear. Most moms have to deal with several jobs at the same time. A mom who is looking for work could comfortably list multi-tasking as one of the many skills she has picked up by working in her house. If a mom can handle cooking dinner, helping with homework, talking on the phone, and keeping the dog out of the trash can all at the same time there is a good chance she can handle several phone lines at once when she is sitting at a busy desk.

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

THOMAS EDISON

Communication and Negotiation Practice

An important part of being a parent is knowing how to say what needs to be said in such a way that it gets through to the kids. In a household with more than one child, negotiation skills are vital to keeping the peace. A mom develops good communication skills as soon as her child begins to talk. She continues to hone those skills as the child grows, with the greatest challenges coming as the kids reach their teenage years. It is perfectly fine to list those hard-won communication skills in a resume. Sometimes real-life experience is more complex than the negotiations that might come up in a business setting.

Home Organization Translates to the Workplace

A big part of being a mother is keeping track of everyone’s schedule. A mom has to make sure all the kids get to their appointments on time, the pantry is stocked appropriately, and so on. The organization skills that are necessary at home are the same organization skills needed in the workplace. A good resume should include the practical organization and attention to detail that a mother develops them as part of her everyday life. Employers are always looking for someone who can manage time efficiently and be productive. Being a mom is excellent training for the workplace.

Pros and Cons of Open Office

Downloading Open Office to your computer can save you at least a hundred dollars on purchasing Microsoft Office. It could save you much more than that, depending on the specific programs and features you need for your computer and whether you are a business, personal, school or non-profit user. However, Open Office, the free office suite software offered by Sun Microsystems is not the best choice of office software for all users. Depending on your needs, Microsoft Office may be the better choice.

Open Office is free of charge to all users. Developers constantly update and tweak the functionalities of Open Office’s programs, and it gets better with each version. Open Office’s programs are similar in feature and function to many Microsoft Office programs. They include Writer for text documents, Calc for spreadsheets, impress for slide show presentations, draw for creating drawings, Math for a calculator and formulas and Base for databases.

One pro of Open Office is that it is compatible with Windows, Mac, Linux, Solaris and Free BSD. This makes it easy to download and use for almost any operating system. Another plus of Open Office is that you can download it at one time. You don’t have to download individual programs. Open Office documents can also be saved as files that Microsoft Office programs can read. This enables you to send or receive a file created in Open Office without worrying over whether it can be read. You can also easily export the file as a PDF without having to install extra conversion software. If you want to build a web page using a presentation or a drawing, you only need to click File>Export.

Today, the PC is often still considered just a tool, but together we need to make it a lot more than that. We need to make it a path to experiences.

Jim Allchin

Drawbacks to Open Office are many, however, for many users. For example, it does not offer all of the same functionalities as Microsoft Office. This can be particularly irritating for business users who need the advanced statistical and analytical features of Microsoft Office. Another downside to Open Office is that it takes a significant amount of memory and CPU time to operate. It is thus much slower than Microsoft Office. However, each new release of Open Office seems to take less time to perform the same functions as Microsoft Office. Open Office also does not offer nearly as many fonts in all of its programs as Microsoft Office. Support for Open Office is also limited compared to Microsoft Office. Since it is a free suite of software, the only support is available from other users and developers. Getting and finding the help you need when you need it can be a bit difficult.

Home computer users will likely find that Open Office will meet their needs nicely. They can avoid having to pay for Microsoft Office licenses. Learning to use Open Office may take some time if they are used to working with Microsoft Office. Business users will likely want to stick with using Microsoft Office for its advanced features and support offerings. The reasons you use office software will ultimately dictate which office program suite you use.

New part time job: Telemarketing

One of the hottest new career fields is the world of telemarketing. Depending on the position or the company, you might work at a dedicated call center or work from your own home. Telemarketers typically work in a sales-related field, taking orders from customers. Telemarketing actually involves four different types of work: lead generation, sales, inbound work and outbound work.

Inbound jobs are one of the easiest tasks because you do not make any calls yourself. With inbound calls, you work at a call center for a major retailer or company. Companies that use the inbound system include credit card companies, department stores and mail-order retailers. When you page through a catalogue or look at a store’s website, check the toll-free number associated with phone orders. When you call that number, you reach a worker that accepts your order. Working in an inbound job means that you accept the call from the customer, input that information into the computer and process the order. You never make any calls on behalf of the company because the customers call the toll-free number.

Outbound calls are completely different because these jobs require that you make the calls yourself. You might work for a hospital or mechanic that attempts to collect debts owed by past customers. You might work for a newspaper or magazine company that solicits orders over the phone. Some charitable organizations call people at random to gain donations for the organization.

If people like you, they’ll listen to you, but if they trust you they’ll do business with you.

ZIG ZIGLAR

Sales jobs are another form of telemarketing. The point of sales jobs is to get potential customers to place an order within minutes after you call. Depending on the position, you either cold call customers or work from an established list. With cold calling, you contact random people in the hopes of turning those people into customers. When you work with an established list, you only contact those that expressed interest in making a purchase in the past.

Telemarketing also includes something referred to as lead generation. With lead generation, you focus on getting sales leads for a specific company. This involves cold calling customers and convincing those people that the company you work for is the best. Stock brokers, retailers of diet products and mail order companies often use lead generation specialists. You do not make any direct sales yourself, but rather find people willing to discuss making a purchase later. The jobs typically pay a set amount based on each lead that you find. Some companies pay you based on the sales that person makes later. You can make quite a bit by finding the best possible leads.

Telemarketing positions usually do not require much experience in the field. Even if you never worked as a telemarketer before, you can still find a good-paying job. When you apply for the job, focus on the sales and customer service related aspects of your previous jobs. Companies that hire telemarketers want employees that can make sales, but also people that have experience working over the phone or working directly with customers. By emphasizing your past customer service roles, you can help yourself land that job.

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