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How to market yourself during tough times

June 23, 2008
By JESSICA L. ADLER Tribune Chronicle
Desperation. Frustration. Anxiety.

Just a few of the emotions you may be feeling if you are currently unemployed or looking for a new job.

Luckily, younger individuals with fewer years of experience tend to be computer savvy, and understand how to surf job sites.

“You have to have a computer, really,” said Christy Conde, HR manager for Prevue Employment Services, who said that individuals can also take advantage of computers at the library. “Lots of people try pounding the pavement like the old days, but places just don’t put up signs anymore.”

As online job advertising becomes more common, so does online application. But do employers really want something tangible? Not necessarily.

“I have it done all the time, said Conde of e-mailed resumes. “It’s really just a personal preference.”

Conde said what is more important is considering the fast-paced environment of the workplace, and not over-informing the employer.

“I get novels instead of resumes,” said Conde, who suggested just a brief explanatory note in the e-mail, noting the job opening and a resume attachment. “ That would be my best advice is just to keep it short and sweet.”

Though there are available jobs, it depends on what industry present in the region you are searching. Finding a job in a specific field — or without a preferred direction — may take some time.

“Keep in mind that it is a competitive market. You need to have realistic expectations as far as a timeline. It may not take a week, it may take several weeks.

But Waring stressed that despite the frustration, applicants shouldn’t give up.

“If you aren’t having success, reevaluate what you are doing based on the challenges you are facing,” she said. “We always say ‘you can’t get a job unless you apply,’ so continue to apply.”



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