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Default Finding a job in a dismal economy

Businesses are laying off hundreds ó even thousands Ė of people every day. The unemployment rate is the highest itís been in almost 15 years. If youíve found yourself with a pink slip, here are some ideas on how to find a job in a recession.

1) Itís all about networking
In this competitive job market, itís who you know, not what you know. Eighty percent of jobs are obtained through networking. So, your first step should be to reach out to professional organizations in your industry. To find out what those organizations are in your field, Google away or check Yahoos! directory. Another good option here: your collegeís alumni directory. Find out if there are old classmates who are working at companies youíre interested in.
2) Boost your profile
Make sure that your image on the web is accurate and highlights your best work.
Check out Ziggs.com where you can post a free professional profile on the site. If a recruiter is looking for a job candidate online, your name may just pop up at the top of a Web search.
Youíll be sent an e-mail alert if someone clicks and views on your page.
Sometimes, your professional profile is already online, without you even knowing it. ZoomInfo.com scours the Web, press releases and business Web sites for your professional information. If your profile is on this site, make sure all your info is correct, and supplement the information thatís already there.
3) Get in where you can
Freelancing, going part time or volunteering is a great way to make contacts in your field.
While it may not be the ideal work-situation, it will allow you to get more experience and expand your resume. Here are some Web resources to help you: guru.com and project4hire.com. If youíre into volunteering, check out volunteermatch.org.
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