Career Counselor Gives Job Search Tips

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The recession has hit the job market especially hard as companies have had to lay off hundreds of workers.

Nearly one in ten workers in the U.S will be unemployed before the job force improves and they are left wondering what to do next.

Many people have lots of questions about how to find a job.

Career Counselor Dr. Susan K. Thompson said a general life assesment is a good place to start.
 
"I think the first thing is to do an assessment of where they are in their lives to sort through what's going on and what happened, to understand that it's not personal," she said.

Thompson said the next step is organization.

"How are you going to organize your time? How are you going to organize your job search?" she asked.

She said the time a job search will take is uncertain and this creates anxiety.

Thompson's job search strategies include getting out of the house to find a job.

"Some of those strategies include making sure you're getting out there everyday and not spending all your time on the internet," she said. "We still get jobs the old fashioned way."

She said the best methods are still through contact, going to employers, knocking on doors or submitting applications.

Thompson also advises job seekers to know their own skills and abilities well.

"You can better talk about who you are and what you can offer an employer when you've done that," she said.

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