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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.

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.

Five Minutes to Work: Advantage or Disadvantage?

When searching for a job, most people consider location to be an important factor. Driving an undesirably long distance to work can be a major disadvantage; more gas is required, and the commute can cause one to waste valuable time driving. It’s a known fact that having a long drive to work has more cons than pros, however, a less known fact is that having too short of a commute to work can actually be a disadvantage. While there are multiple advantages to having such a short and easy commute, the disadvantages should not be ignored.

It’s Just Five Minutes Away

The “It’s just…” syndrome can occur often when the commute to work is only five minutes long. Individuals may find themselves being late to work more than often because “It’s just five minutes away” and who needs to get up an hour before work when it’s only five minutes away? This state of mind may also cause multiple trips home; not only for lunch, but for little things during the day. “It’s only five minutes away…I’ll just run home and…” Such an attitude result in low productivity and angry bosses.

I can walk to work!

When it comes to transportation, having a five-minute commute to work can be both good and bad. Depending on location, individuals with a five-minute commute to work may find that they don’t need to spend money on a car, buses, or taxis. Of course, not having a car and or transportation can backfire if the weather is bad. Walking to work on a beautiful, sunny, warm day can be fantastic, but walking to work through a blizzard is a different story. Furthermore, if one has to take “homework” to and from the office, not having a transportation may turn out to be a real hassle.

The goal isn’t more money. The goal is living life on your terms.

CHRIS BROGAN 

I save so much money…

While the aforementioned negatives of not having reliable transportation are relevant, being able to walk to work has its advantages. Individuals will be able to save a ton of money not having to pay for gas, car payments, or bus and or taxi fares.

I’ll run home and grab that!

While running home too often can be very bad, it can also come in handy if something is forgotten at home. Furthermore, individuals may find that the convenience of running home for lunch is not only easier, but it can save an abidance of money on not having to spend to eat out on a daily basis.

While being five minutes to work has its pros and cons, it’s almost always better than having an extremely long commute to work. The important thing is to be careful not to abuse the privilege of living so close to work.

Start Your Work Week on the Right Foot

Let’s face it, we all hate Monday mornings. Even if you’ve had a fantastic, relaxing weekend, Monday morning often rolls around far too quickly. Going back to work can seem like an impossible and daunting task. Although heading back to work on Monday morning may never be enjoyable, there are certain things you can do to ensure that you start your work week out on the right foot.

Eat a Good Breakfast

While it may be hard to wake up half an hour earlier on Monday morning, doing so in order to a good breakfast could leave you in a better mood for the rest of the day. As “they” say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day; not only is it delicious, but it will provide you with a healthy, helpful jump start on your Monday morning. When you start out with the right amount of energy, the rest of the day will go much more smoothly.

Get Plenty of Sleep

Again, Monday mornings are rough, but they can be even worse if you haven’t gotten enough sleep the night before. It’s not that you have go to bed at eight in the evening, but you want to give yourself a minimum of eight hours of sleep. Getting enough sleep can help prevent you from oversleeping and feeling grumpy and groggy on Monday. Don’t discount sleep, it’s one of your biggest fuel powers.

Monday is a state of mind. Put on your positive pants and get stuff done.

ANONYMOUS 

Be Responsible

If you’re going to party hard over the weekend, try to do it on Friday or Saturday; you don’t want to have to go to work with a hangover on Monday morning. Furthermore, if you have anything that you have to get done over the weekend for work, be sure you get it done; if you don’t get it done, you’ll find yourself frantic and worried on Monday morning. On that note, if you know that you’ll have trouble waking up and will feel groggy in the morning, try to set out everything you need so that you can get ready quickly without forgetting anything you’ll need for work.

Getting a positive start on Monday morning can be imperative for starting your work week out on the right foot; if you have a bad Monday, chances are you’ll have trouble recovering. The important part is to set yourself up for success through good meals, plenty of sleep, and preparation.

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