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Job Search Finding a job in a down economy By Dr. Charmaine Rose While growing up, parents feed their children the value of education, its path to success and achievement of wealth for retirement of quality of life. So we work and make sacrifices to achieve educational goals with hopes of creating a better life not only for ourselves but for our children and their children and so forth. Today, even with education the achievement of success is still out of reach. You are either over qualified or have no experience or not enough experience. Employers are looking for more than just experience and education on a paper. So how do employees know what each employer is looking for? Each Human Resource manager will tell you something different, some are looking at skills and abilities to do the job, others are looking to see if you fit the culture and then there are those who are looking for both. For the average employee, it can be confusing. They go through the process of customizing their resumes to fit each and every job, they study each employer to prepare for the interview only to be disappointed because they did not fit into the hole perfectly or they did not meet the perfect criteria as all the boxes were not checked off. It is an employer’s market. What does this mean for job seekers? Employers have such large pool of job applicants to choose from that they are not willing to take a chance on an employee if they don’t fit perfectly in the holes or all the boxes are not checked off. How can an employee who does not fit that hole perfectly or who might meet most of the criteria but not all get noticed? Here are a few tips, although not foolproof they are a step in the right direction: • Research the employer, not only the name of the company and what is on the internet but talk to some employees find out about the culture (get the inside scoop) • Network, network, network! It is essential in an employer’s market to network. The cliché “it is not what you know, It is who you know” applies today. People tend to hire people who they know or are recommended by who they know. • Don’t give up. I am not saying being a pest but being persistent can at times get your foot in the door. • Be creative. You always see how employees who stand on the corner holding up a sign looking for a job or some form of creative ways get hired. Get noticed, stand out amongst the crowd, and be unique and memorable. It is a bit difficult to find job today as the economy is still in bad shape, but you can if you’re determined, dedicated and persistent. Good luck! PE Dr. Charmaine Rose brings not only 20 years of experience in Human Resource Management and Operations Management, but a surplus of education; in 2000 she received her BS Market and Management, Masters in Human Resource 2002 and PhD in Organization and Management in 2008, Graduate certificate in Marketing and post graduate certificate in Marketing. She is currently Lead MBA Faculty at Everest University in Tampa and sits on the Board of the Society of Emotional Intelligence as the VP of Marketing. Connect Dr. Charmaine Rose 32 Submit your Articles Personal Excellence essentials presented by HR.com | 10.2014


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