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Persistence is Key in Job Search

Finding a new job can be tough these days. Unemployment rates are dropping, but the job market and the economy have not fully recovered from the lasting effects of the Great Recession. We are nowhere near the state of job stability and prosperity that existed ten years ago.

If you are one of the unfortunate individuals that has had to look for work in our sluggish economic climate, you know all too well about the trials and tribulations of the job search. It’s not enough anymore to simply peruse the classifieds or walk into a business that has a “Help Wanted” sign hanging in the window. Nowadays, it takes ingenuity and perseverance to land a job.

Before you even start looking for a job, think first about what you want to do. Even though it may seem that any job is better than no job at times, you don’t want to be stuck doing something you can’t stand. It’s important to do a self evaluation before putting yourself out there in the job world.

Think about your skills. What are you good at, and what do you like to do? Once you have figured this out, you should then highlight your qualities that will be most useful in your job and your search for work. You might have to spend a few hours revamping your resume, but it will pay off in the long run.

After you have assessed yourself and determined what you are good at, the next step is to figure out where you want to work. Although the easiest method in looking for a job may be to just log on the Internet and check out who has job listings up, this is not always the most effective procedure. Think about how many other people are doing the exact same thing. Why would you want to apply for a job that one hundred other desperate souls have already attempted?

Most positions these days are not filled through online job listings. A lot of companies don’t even post openings online. Many jobs are filled through word of mouth or by people going out of their way to track down work.

One of the best ways to get a job is to pick a company that you want to work for and do your research. What types of jobs do they have there, and who is in charge of hiring? Figure out what position might suit you best, and then track down the higher-ups so you can communicate with them directly. This way, you won’t end up being just another name on an endless stack of resumes.

So if you really want to find a job in today’s economy, you must be persistent and able to single yourself out from the crowd. Businesses want to hire people that are unique and special and capable of performing the task at hand. It’s up to you to convince them that you are the right person for the job.

How to Use Social Media to Get a Job

The job market has changed quite a bit since the days of perusing the classifieds and beating the pavement. These days, it’s important to be aware of your online presence and how you might present yourself to potential employers. Social media is a wild frontier. There are a lot of possibilities, but you can also build up a bad reputation if you are not careful.

Most companies look at applicants’ online profile before considering them for a position or even an interview. So it pays to keep your nose clean. Posting up those pictures of your drunken debacle out on the town last weekend might not be the best idea. Your potential bosses most likely do not care to see you shooting Jager bombs or chugging beers.

Social media can be beneficial in your job search. It’s all about using your connections. If you are on Facebook, you probably have over one hundred friends. And out of these one hundred friends, there’s bound to be somebody working in an establishment that you might be interested in. Since most jobs these days are landed by word of mouth, it’s important to utilize your connections to the fullest.

This does not mean posting on your Facebook wall that you can’t wait to get a new job so you don’t have to work at that crap place you do now. This is another area where you have to watch your back because your co-workers or current bosses might be checking out your social media profile when you are least aware.

Contrary to popular belief and the influence of Mark Zuckerberg and Hollywood, it’s not all about Facebook either. There are plenty of other social media platforms out there; some even more helpful in your job search.

LinkedIn is a great resource for those looking to establish professional connections. In addition to hooking up with people who might be able to aid you in your job search, you can also post your resume and credentials to let all the headhunters out there know what you’re all about.

The cool thing about LinkedIn is that it’s a place where like-minded individuals come to meet other professionals and job-seekers. Lots of employers use LinkedIn to see who’s out there and who might be good for their company.

Establishing a sound online reputation might take a significant amount of time and effort, but in the long run it can pay off. The few hours that you invest now into hyping up yourself online might benefit you in dollars and cents in the near future.

The next time you are on Facebook, stop worrying about what your friends are doing and start making a good name for yourself. Somebody out there is looking at you.

Why Do You Pay Your Scouts Commission Instead of a Salary?

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This is another of those frequently asked questions here at JobNab. Why don’t we pay people for the actual work they put in day after day rather than the commission they do get paid?

For the uninitiated, JobNab hires Job Scouts to search for little-seen jobs in a regional market and post those to the JobNab system. The scout must then advertise that job to drive traffic to their job postings. When a user for JobNab pays to see the contact information for that job — between 39 and 99 cents per job — the scout is paid a percentage of that fee.

As some scouts quickly point out, they may post dozens of jobs and if no one purchases those jobs, then they don’t earn a paycheck. As was outlined in an earlier article, that’s the unfortunate reality of working on commission. But that doesn’t stop people from wondering why we have the system set up that way; why don’t we just pay people a salary or a small fee for each job posted?

JobNab, Do You Know Where My Job Is At?

It’s February of 2011. Do you know where your job is? A large number of the American population answers “no” to this question. As a matter of fact, 9.1% is the current unemployment rate as of December, 2010. Almost one tenth of the US population is without work. Is this horrible? Will it get better? Is it getting better? Well, January is historically the worst month to look at job growth statistics. Let’s see why…

In ten out of the last twelve years, planned job cuts for the month of January have trumped those of December at around 20% more. In fact, 2011 is the fifth consecutive year this trend has continued. But I could throw in pretty much any statistic right here, like say, 90% of the left-handed American population prefers Jif peanut butter over most other brands five out of seven days of the week, and the vast majority would probably say, “Oh yeah, well that makes sense.” What do these statistics really mean for us, the hard-working people of the United States of America?

These statistics do show that January is usually a bad month for job growth, and there are almost always a lot of job cuts during this time. Job cuts are highly common the first month of the year, as companies are most likely trying to clean house with the coming of the New Year. Just like most people have their New Year’s resolutions of going to the gym or only drinking a six-pack a day, businesses like to have their own resolutions and weed out the bad employees to help them achieve those goals.

So if you have been sitting around the house since New Year’s Day in your sweatpants, scouring over job listings at the computer all day, watching reruns of SpongeBob and eating bowl after bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, don’t worry, it’s not you, it’s the job market this time of the year. And every touch of grey has a silver lining, because although the job cuts are occurring at a higher rate when compared to other months, the number is very low when compared to past years. So 2011 is on the up and up even though jobs are still fading. They’re just not fading as fast.

This slowing trend of job cuts shows some hope for the overall market for the year and years to come. The market will get better, slowly but surely. But don’t expect to see results right away. The improvement is at such a gradual rate that it’s not enough to make any substantial impact on the unemployment rate. We will probably see that number teetering around 9% for a while. Patience is a virtue.

So don’t give up just yet. I wouldn’t go throwing away all of your real clothes and keeping only the leisure wear. You still might be able to get out of those sweatpants. JobNab is here to help…

Instead of wasting your time, straining your eyes and neck over thousands of job listings, why not sign up with JobNab and leave your search up to the professionals? JobNab has over 20,000 highly-trained job scouts in the top 250 job markets in the country with the sole purpose of finding you a job. Our job scouts seek out the best employment opportunities, verify their legitimacy and present them to you, the job seeker.

So get off those never-ending job posts on all the other job boards, and head over to JobNab. At JobNab, we do the hard work of finding a job for you, so you can stop focusing on the search and start focusing on getting back to work.