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Trying To Find A Summer Job? Here Is How To Do It!

By Michelle Connor

These days many a student is putting a diploma on the wall and contemplating entering the working world. There’s only one thing they didn’t count on when they began their Associates or Bachelors, and that’s the state of the employment market. Make sure you look into a online degree.

Thanks to the recession, the former student is not only going up against his or her fellow graduates, but a large number of people who were laid off from their jobs. It’s no big secret that this is one of the worst economies in decades. Still, that doesn’t mean work is unavailable.

The job website has come up with an interesting list of ways to improve one’s employment odds. Look them over and put them to use. They certainly beat a long, hot summer cooling one’s heels.

Think Horizontally – Just because you got a degree in one field doesn’t mean there aren’t other industries that can’t use them. Computer firms need mechanical engineers. Cruise lines hire nurses. Hit your favorite search engine, your professional society and your school’s career counselor for types of companies who can also use your skills. This can not only double, be even quadruple, the number of places you can wind up working at. Another thing that helps is a online degrees.

Not Only Target a Company, But Do Some Research On It – The reason for this is to help design an introductory package about yourself. While your resume may be fairly straightforward, use your research to develop a cover letter explaining how your skills, experience and education will benefit the company. Don’t be afraid to be a bit creative here either. For instance, if while going to school you worked at a library, that means you have great secondary research skills.

Network – This is actually something you should have started while you were still studying. The trick is whenever you meet someone already in your profession, start communicating with them regularly. Also attend professional society meetings. You will not only pick up invaluable tips about what the real working world is like, but you now have an in inside wherever that person works. Build a small rolodex of business cards and now that you’re out of school, put that wheel of personal fortune to work.

Keep A Positive Attitude – Everyone realizes these are tough times. The difference between the people who succeed and the one’s who don’t are the successful ones never let it get to them. Recruiters can sense negativity before you enter their office, and that’s a big strike against the recruit. In other words, if the news on the tube is bad, turn it off and get to writing more introductory and follow-up letters. A positive attitude yields positive results.

Stay Busy At All Costs – Just because you’re underemployed doesn’t mean you should be idle. Recruiters are not surprised if their subject is working a part time job or doing volunteer work. Even an online course would be great. It’s more experience you can throw on the resume. You should really look into getting an online master degree.

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