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Finding a job can be a an exciting or daunting process. This is a guide about finding a job.
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July 2, 2010

Search hospital websites for jobs. I've been looking for work for months. Everyday I search the internet for new postings. Then I started thinking of places that employ a lot of people and thought of the hospital. I have no medical background at all, but they employ people for clerical, food, cleaning, fitness, security, even daycare - it was like a one stop shopping place for jobs! Give it a try in your area. I got called for an interview the next day!

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By painterlee from Indialantic, FL

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April 6, 2010

In these tough times, we need every edge we can get. Traditional job-hunting methods; pounding the pavement, visiting companies in person to drop off resumes, for example; don't seem to work as well. Why not try thinking "outside the box?" Of course, having an up-to-date resume in presentable condition or in electronic format goes without saying, so I'm leaving that off my list.
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  1. Do your research. If you have an active library card, many libraries subscribe to a variety of business databases. My perennial favorite is Reference USA. I can access it for free using my library card website as a gateway. Each library's access is different; I called to learn how to get to the right page. I use my 16-digit library card number as my login, so have that information handy. The Reference USA database includes information on each company, as well as major decision-makers in departments such as HR, so you'll know whom to target when you contact them.
  2. Use electronic media wherever possible. There are multitudes of job-search sites, but careerbuilder.com is a good starting point. It's been awhile since I've job-hunted, but go to your favorite search engine and type "jobs" and the field you're in, and see where that takes you.
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  4. Be prepared to upload your electronic resume and fill out online applications. The workforce these days is more computer-savvy, so HR departments readily accept emailed information. Don't forget to follow up by telephone after 2 weeks.
  5. Use networking sites. Spoke.com and Linkedin.com are both specific to those who are on the job hunt. There's a sort of resume tool at both. Enter your information, including information on past jobs, as if you were filling out an application. If you belong to Facebook, MySpace or any of the usual casual-networking sites, check out what tools they have. Let your own network of online friends know you're searching for a job, what kind and where.
  6. Be open to new adventures in employment. If I hadn't opened my mind after working in the secretarial field all my life, I wouldn't have found the unique company I've worked with for the past three years. Don't think in terms of job titles, think in terms of your specific skills and where else they might fit.
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Happy - and successful - job hunting!

By JustPlainJo from Springfield, OH

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February 25, 2009

Job hunting is a very prominent issue right now. There are several things that people can do to help them get on track when hunting.

The first is writing an impressive resume. Keep to the basics but don't get too vague. For instance, instead of saying "Got government contracts for our company" you would say "Solidified over $70,000 in government contracts in the year of 2008";. You also want to make sure your resume is not too long. You only want two pages if your skills and accomplishments are impressive enough and detailed enough to completely fill two pages. If you only have half of the second page filled, it is a good idea to either add or take away some information. Potential employers don't like a lot of reading when they are on a time crunch to fill a position.
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If you get called for an interview, make sure to read up on the company that you will be interviewing with. When they ask if you have any questions about the job or work place, ask the interviewer relevant questions. For instance, if you are interviewing for a big company, ask how many employees it has and how many you could potentially be working with. Also, ask the interviewer how long they have been with the company and ask how they decided to get into that line of work. It shows interest.

NEVER EVER ask about money on the first interview. Let the interviewer ask you about it first. Otherwise it could make you come across as greedy and may make the interviewer think you are only going to be there to draw a pay check.

Lastly, don't forget to write a thank you note. Seriously. If there are 50 qualified applicants, and only one writes a thank you note, chances are that one will be the one to get the job because they showed courtesy and their name will be on their mind most recently. Use a thank you card or even a special stationary to look more professional and help seal the deal.

Good luck to all those job hunters out there!

Source: I read a lot of articles about job hunting and resume writing. So far, my favorites are from www.soyouwanna.com - How To Ace A Job Interview and How To Write An Impressive Resume. After reading those two, I had no trouble getting my last two jobs. My old job I was at for three years before I graduated college and am now starting my second year at my current job.

By Sandy from Alabama

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April 18, 2012

Time between jobs very important. Employers take note of how you spend your time. It is important to spend your time volunteering, working part time, or working full time at a position other than the one you are seeking. This shows you are industrious and not a slacker. Employers don't want to hire slackers. They want to hire people who will work!

I have two friends who used volunteerism to receive a job. The first one, Jean, worked outside of her household as a young woman. Then, she was a stay-at-home mom for many years. As the children grew, she became able to volunteer her time, but be home when they arrived home from school. She taught Sunday School at her church. She also volunteered in the gift shop at the local hospital. At the gift shop, she ordered greeting cards. Because she was so good at her volunteer position, the hospital was able to buy the equipment used to take mammograms! They sold that many greeting cards! When her youngest child was in college, Jean wanted to return to the workforce. She was able to use her volunteer experience as work experience on her resume! She didn't have any trouble finding a position that met her needs.

The other woman I wanted to tell you about is Fran. Fran had worked in the clerical field, but later studied pleubotomy. When she inquired about a job at the local hospital, she was told their weren't any positions available. The hospital wasn't hiring. She asked if she could work there as a volunteer! They accepted her offer, and within one week they offered her a full time position!

These are both true stories. I hope they will be helpful to you. Try to have something to put on your resume that shows you worked even if you weren't paid a salary for what you did. Remember that its easier to get a job if you already have one!

By Carol from Wyoming, PA

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March 11, 2009

When job hunting, treat it like a full time job. Spend 40 hours a week dedicated to finding a job, whether the time involves resume building, searching online, developing cover letters, or beating the pavement.

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April 17, 2007

My husband has been searching for work, for the past few months. Each week, we search the classified ads in the local newspapers. To make things easier for him, after marking the possible job selections, I cut each out of the newspaper ad.

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April 15, 20090 found this helpful

When job hunting, use the yellow pages. Look up companies in your field, call them and ask if you can fax over your resume and to whose attention. In about 3-4 business days, follow up with a telephone call to the person it was sent to.

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February 11, 2009

My husband and I have both been in the job search for over a year and the one thing that has made a huge difference in our attitudes and job searching abilities is the local Joblink.

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April 26, 2007

If you, or someone you know, are looking for a job, please visit your local staffing agencies. These agencies help to find you jobs that you are qualified for free!

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June 2, 2010

Why is it when women are pregnant they can't find a job whatsoever?

By Gaby from El Monte, CA

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June 2, 20100 found this helpful

I don't know if it is just pregnant women that have a hard time finding a job. I know a lot of people that have been looking for jobs for several months to a year or more. I also know of pregnant women that get jobs. I think right now part of it is the economy, and it could be the type of jobs that you are applying for.

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June 4, 20100 found this helpful

Don't apply at small businesses, they cannot afford to have anyone off for a period of time since they don't have the workers to cover the position. Hiring someone to fill the position means they must lay that person off (after you'd deliver and come back to work) and pay unemployment benefits. Most small businesses are really struggling right now. If you return to work after delivery, make sure you have a reliable sitter too. Several times, I had to work 60-80 hour weeks because the newer moms wanted off for every little thing with their newborn. I had a young toddler at home and needed to be there too, but I was office manager and it was my responsibility to get things done.

My point is, I've had really bad experiences with pregnant and new moms taking advantage of situations. It puts unneeded pressure on other workers and causes lots of conflict in the workplace. I cannot tell you how much time I spent trying to make peace and still get things done. Larger companies are better able to handle this and are in a much better position to deal with it.

We once had a woman who took off to deliver her baby and requested extra time off. She was replaced by another woman who was pregnant but didn't show it and never told us. We thought she was just heavy. She also needed time off for her delivery. Then the person we hired to take her place ended up pregnant and had morning sickness from the get go (read time off here). We had to hire a fourth person to help out when she wasn't able to come in. We were a small office who only had three employees at that time. It was such a big mess. So much money was going out in unemployment. I was so overworked for a year and a half that I had doctors telling me I was headed for a nervous breakdown.

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June 4, 20100 found this helpful

It may be because they think you might not come back after having the baby and then they'll have to hire someone to replace you.

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June 5, 20100 found this helpful

Because employers don't want to pay insurance; know you'll be taking a lot of time from work if the children get sick, Dr. apts., etc.

Nice, isn't it. I'm 54 and tried looking for a job and had no luck and i have a ton of experience. they know or think they know that I'll retire soon and need benefits, iRA, pension, etc. and they are not wanting to do that.

plus the other two responses you got are absolutely right, too.

Good luck to you.

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June 8, 20100 found this helpful

Have you tried applying at any maternity or children type stores? If I owned such a store I think you would be a perfect hire!

Please don't be discouraged! The economy is a mess right now and even jobs at Mc D's are hard to come by but you just might have an advantage by applying (and keep following up and pestering) specialty stores ;-)

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July 1, 2011

I am supporting 1 teen and 3 cats. Never be a stay at home mom.

By HELPme911

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July 1, 20110 found this helpful

So what's your question? Or did you just need to get that off your chest?

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July 2, 20110 found this helpful

Do you have anything in your life that you can do that makes you happy apart from your cat and your child. I would love to learn more! Working at home, as in a stay at home mom, is more work than an outside job by far.

Here is some info on help for making easier, hope it helps!
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July 2, 20110 found this helpful

I have been a stay at home mom that homeschooled for 18 years I have two teens ( 17 and 14) right now. I totally understand your situation. My husband has been out of work for 8 months. I have been looking also. Hang in there something will turn up for you...Email me through here and I will give you some ideas on how to set up a resume`. HTH, Dahart

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May 5, 2009

I have a friend that places foreign exchange students for a living. She has quit her full time job and now makes great money doing this. She, as always, is not willing to share the wealth. Since you all have always been helpful, I wonder if any of you can give me any leads on how I can do this for a living or at least how to start. Thanks.

By Tina from Orange County, CA

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May 5, 20090 found this helpful

Our local paper ran an ad looking for this position. I think you could contact your school and they'd know who handles this. I think you may have been fed a line as to how much the pay is, however. I don't think it's really enough to quit your job. I could be wrong but I don't think so.

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July 17, 2007

I am looking for jobs in southeast Idaho.

Kent from Rigby, Idaho

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July 19, 20100 found this helpful

Does anyone know of jobs that a pregnant woman can get? My Youth Minister husband was asked to put in his resignation 2 weeks ago. He was asked to give it the next Sunday and then not to come back. We knew only those at the church so we immediately moved in order to be closer to family. (Our little one will be here in about 3-4 months.)

My husband is trying to find another youth/childrens' ministry position in this area, but I would like to help out if possible. We are currently living in an apt his aunt owns and has offered us, but we need some income before the baby is born. Needless to say we can't afford a home-based business that will make me have to buy anything to get it started.

If you can help please let me know. Also any prayer support would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much in advance.

Jeggie from Corydon, IN

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Jobs You Can Do While Pregnant

Do you have any temp agencies in your area ? You may want to call several of them, they can place you in assignments that are short term or long term.

You could also sell home baked goodies on eBay. For example, I just checked and homemade peanut butter cookies are selling for about $12/dozen. You would have to make a batch for your picture, but then your family could enjoy the cookies. At least you won't have to buy a lot of supplies because you don't have to make the cookies till someone buys them.

People also sell cakes and other baked goodies on eBay. If you can bake, you may want to search and see what other baked items are selling on eBay. (07/27/2006)

By azDana

Jobs You Can Do While Pregnant

How about babysitting? (07/27/2006)

Jobs You Can Do While Pregnant

My daughter is 5 months pregnant and just got a job as a telemarketer. It's not a great job, but it will add to the household income until the baby comes and she can apply for other jobs. I think the pay is a little over $7 an hour and that's in Arkansas. Might pay more where you are. (07/27/2006)

By Lynn Thomas

Jobs You Can Do While Pregnant

I agree, try the temp agency near you. Or the telemarketing; here in PA, it pays pretty well if you have the patience for it.

If you are a wordsmith like myself, you could try calling your local paper and asking them to help you find a place to write responses for a "Dear Abby" column or to help you publish short stories. For fiction, it would be best to call a magazine editor rather than a newspaper; most papers no longer have much of an interest in publishing stories. (I think that's sad, but oh well).

Alternatively, if you have any friends or family (such as your family members) who have "connections" in their place of employment perhaps they could find you a temporary clerical position (in other words, a desk job).

Blessings In Christ,
PMZ (07/27/2006)

By Pauly-Wauly

Jobs You Can Do While Pregnant

May I suggest some of the websites like WAHM.com. Sometimes you can get jobs like customer service from home without having to put any money into it. (07/28/2006)

By Maureen

Jobs You Can Do While Pregnant

My brother just got a job with a cell phone company. It's a telemarketing kind of thing, but he takes orders I think. He also gets a free cellphone and free service. I think he makes $10/hour. Maybe that's something you can look into. (07/28/2006)

By Allison

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April 15, 20090 found this helpful

When hunting for a job, do not confine yourself to the newspapers, or online ads, as less than 30% of the available jobs are ever posted there. One of the reasons for this is the cost, and another is the time that would have to be wasted screening applicants.

One way to find a job is to get out and truly pound the pavement. I have seen MANY help wanted signs out there, and even if it isn't your dream job, it may be the one that gets the bills paid until something else can be found.

Next, network, network, network! Let ALL of your friends, family, friends, and acquaintances know that you are looking, and would very much appreciate any leads that they can give you.

If you are using a resume, make sure that it is neat and concise. You may want to tailor each resume to point out how your training and experience suit that specific position, and don't forget that volunteer work also gives you some great experience.

Once you do get an interview: be on time, be polite, look professional and learn all that you can about the position, and company beforehand. Remember to thank the interviewer for their time immediately after the interview. Of course you should always smile and make good eye contact during the interview.

Do not start out asking about salary and vacation days, instead let them know what you can do for the job through your previous training, experience, and also eagerness to learn. Find ways to illustrate that you are a team player and easy to get along with. It is an employers market so it is up to you to show them that you are someone that they will be very happy to have working for them.

Wait a day or two and send a note to the interviewer, thanking them for their time. It will leave a pleasant memory of you in their mind even after you are gone. Good luck and God speed.

By Shari from Greer, SC

Tips for Job Hunting

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Tips for Job Hunting

Go to "usajobs.gov" online to look for a job. This was on TV. Good luck. (02/14/2009)

By k w

Tips for Job Hunting

Thank you for your wisdom. I recently cut down on hours at my job purposely because my body isn't handling the work very well and I am only 50 this year. Years of standing and walking on concrete has hurt my feet and is stiffening my hips. I am a sole provider for my wife and I and although I love to do art, I am skeptical that it may pay the bills. I appreciate your words of instruction and will try to apply them whenever possible. Thank you and God bless. Anatole (02/15/2009)

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