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In order to use money, we must earn it. For some of you reading this, that may be difficult in these economic times. As the United States, and world economies have taken a down turn, so too have the jobs in the United States and around the world.

In order to help, I am placing links to several job sites as well as some tips to earn extra money while trying to find a job. I will also give some tips on how to write a resume' and interview for a job.

 

Job Sites on the Internet

CareerBuilder.com

Indeed.com

JobBankInfo.org

JobCentral.com

JobHunt.org

Jobs.net

JuJu Job Search Engine.com

MichiganTalentBank.org

Monster.com

SimplyHired.com

USAJobs.gov

Writing a Resume'

In order to get noticed, your resume' must stand out, but not be gaudy. It should be no more than two pages and contain the following information.

Your name, address, phone number. (Top of each page)

Objective: What kind of job are you seeking.

Education: List formal education - places, dates (Most recent in ascending order), degree or certificates attained.

Work Experience: List your jobs from current or most recent, through the past. Go back at least 10 years if possible. Describe what you did, what tools or skills you used, and what accomplishments you may have attained. If you did anything above and beyond the norm; list it.

Special Skills and / or Awards: If you received some special skills, training or awards, list those.

Hobbies and Special Interests: List it, but do not make this large in reference to the rest of your resume'.

Make sure you have references available but do not put in resume'. Make a note on the resume' that references are available upon request. Talk to the people you have listed as references before you list them as references. Relatives do not count, unless they are the only people you have worked for. References from schools, colleges, and universities are ok.

Find out who the Human Resources person is and then write a letter of introduction and tell him or her why you are contacting them. Be polite and concise, and then thank them for the time they are taking to read your letter and resume'. Most important, be positive.

Research the company. What do they do? What achievements have they reached? Know why you would like to go to work for them, because there is a good chance they will ask you if you get called in for an interview. Do they have a web site? If you are wanting a job and no nothing about what that organization does, why would they hire you?

Interview Skills

If you are fortunate enough to be called in for an interview, then you need to prepare. Research the organization and KNOW WHAT THEY DO.

A few days before the interview, drive by the location of the organization and make sure you know how to get there and where you will be parking. Determine how long it takes to get there.

Show up a little earlier than the scheduled time. If traffic is an issue, show up real early.

Dress: Dress nice. Jeans and a T-shirt is Not Acceptable, even if you are interviewing for a general laborers position or a mechanic. If you are interviewing for an office position, ware a suit & tie, or sport coat, dress shirt, tie and nice trousers.

Women - no short skirts or real low cut tops. No ties.

Groom well and check yourself in the bathroom as soon as you get to the place of the interview, before the interview begins. If you smoke - don't. People can smell it and in many places that is a turn off.

Be Prepared.

If you have questions about the job, or organization, write them down so that you can ask at the end of the interview process.

At the interview, be as relaxed as you can be. Most interviews now days are done by committee so expect more than one person to ask questions. When asked questions, make eye contact with the person asking the question, and then begin answering to the person who asked the question. Once you begin, make eye contact with everyone while still answering the question. When you finish answering the question, you should be focused on the person who asked the question.

If you are good at remembering names then use the person's name in the course of the conversation. Jobs are relational and you need to be relational as well.

There are times you will need to show confidence, but do so without coming across as prideful or a bragger. There are also times when you may not know the answer to a question, if this happens, be humble and tell them. DO NOT LIE - EVER! This will come back and bite you if you do.

I have had the best success at finding and landing jobs by contacting organizations that are not advertising. I call this cold contact.

I go into the interview with a suite and tie, hair cut short, mustache and / or beard either shaved or trimmed close. Someone your mother would like.

I interview in manner that shows I do not need the job, but would like to have the job. In other words, not needy.

I try and talk to the interviewer(s) as though they were long lost aunts or uncles. Someone I would like to get to know, and someone who I want them to get to know me. Relaxed, but respectful. There may be a time for a sense of humor, but you need to judge the audience before you bring humor into the interview.

There also may be times when you are asked a question that may trigger a memory of a bad, or really sad experience. This can put you in a difficult position. I have interviewed people that were well qualified for the position, and interviewed very well, until a sad memory was triggered, and then they broke down. Unfortunately, the committee did not select this person for the job, because of that very emotional moment. The point is, you need to be in control of your emotions, but don't be fake. Be genuine, but in control.

Remember, they may be as tense as you about the interview process as well. After all, they are taking a risk by hiring you.

If you can take the time to practice with family or friends, then that would help. Have someone ask you both job related skill and interpersonal question. Have them ask you why you want to work for a particular company. I can not stress this enough. Know the organization you are about to interview with. Know why you want to work for them. Just needing a job isn't going to cut it in todays job market.