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September 08, 2008

Jobless? Tips to get back to work

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Jobless? Tips to get back to work

By Robert Half International

The news on the job front isn't pretty. For anyone looking for work, the stats reaffirm the obvious: Finding a job is tough. To find out what works and what doesn't, we spoke with a few recruiters. Here's some of their advice.

What's the best way to find a job?

Networking. It's not necessarily what you know, but whom you know. Recruiters and hiring managers are inundated with resumes and turn first to those candidates who have a connection to someone in the company.

While unemployed, join a networking group to stay connected with professionals in your industry. Build relationships with people who may have the inside track on jobs. Meetings are listed in trade publications or online through job-search and networking sites.

Contact professional staffing agencies, which place people in temporary and permanent positions. These days, more companies are using temporary employees to reduce their permanent head count. Eventually, as their budgets permits, those positions could become permanent.

Do job fairs really work? Yes! They can work, but only if you make the most of them. Find out which employers will be there and target the ones best-suited for you. Educate yourself about the companies and be prepared to talk to people at the booths.

Keep in mind that many positions advertised at job fairs are entry-level and don't pay a lot. For the higher-paying professional jobs, look elsewhere.

What about job-search Web sites? Use them! Sites such as and Yahoo's HotJobs advertise a ton of jobs. Be prepared to field inquiries from people outside your field who came across your resume and thought you'd be perfect for some unspecified job that may or may not involve a startup cost. Also be prepared to hear nothing, given the sheer quantity of people applying for the jobs.

Robert Half International (RHI) is the world's first and largest specialized staffing firm. RHI is a recognized leader in professional staffing and consulting services, and is the parent company of Protiviti, a leading independent internal audit and business and technology risk consulting firm.

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