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December 2011
Are There Any Jobs?!
by Susan Reynolds

Myth: The economy is so bad that no one is hiring at all.

Reality: Opportunities exist!

You'd better be ready to work hard to uncover them! But indeed, many individuals have convinced themselves that due to the difficult economy there simply are no jobs to be found, no opportunities to be had. Indeed instead, there are many companies, many organizations that are changing, growing, and evolving. Not everything has come to a screeching halt, but rather, many people are finding new growth for themselves and their families. Many people are making strategic career moves to organizations that genuinely need up to date skills.

So how to uncover these opportunities? With a number of critical steps, dosed with a heavy portion of tireless activity!

First, do a really careful study of your own skills, abilities, qualifications and experience. Secondly, take a researched look at the organizations that should effectively utilize your abilities. Where are they? How are they doing? How can you get a meeting with any one of them? This will require clever planning to have access to appropriate decision-makers.

Are your skills genuinely up to date? Do you have the capability to handle current technology or do you need to pursue additional qualifications?

Prepare great cover letters and resume drafts that can be customized to particular scenarios. Make sure they are legible. Don't waste words being repetitive or by mentioning obvious and unnecessary items. Make sure you're ready to put your best abilities clearly in front of your reader.

Then get out there. With a carefully scripted explanation of your abilities at the ready, talk to connections about connections in order to make more connections! You'll be delighted to see just how many opportunities come your way!

Susan Reynolds is a senior partner at NewMarket Careers in Santa Clarita, a job search, career strategy, and resume-writing firm geared toward managerial, executive, and senior level professional careers. She can be reached at or 661-755-3308.

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