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Beating the Job Market Game

Chris Archer

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Are you into games? Do you like to play videos, classic board games, or even challenge your mind to an old-fashioned cross word puzzle? If the time has come for you to consider putting yourself back in the job market, it may also be time to put on your “gaming hat!"

We've all heard, and probably even said, “The glass is half full, " or “The glass is half empty. " When the glass is half empty, you view things from a negative perspective. Conversely, when you look at life from the opposite vantage point, you find the positives in every scenario.

What is the difference between half empty or half full? Simply put, the only difference is your perspective! Our goal is going to be to apply a change of perspective to finding a new job. Essentially, we're going to view engaging in the entire job search process, collectively, as a very competitive game - a game that you can and will win!

Here are some tips to assist you in winning the job market game:

~ decide what your target position is.

~ make a list of all of the desirable companies you can think of, or uncover through internet research, that specifically hire for your target position.

~ update your resume, and have it saved on your computer to email or fax as needed.

~ make a personal call to each company's HR department, to initiate a conversation that will uncover their resume submission and application process.

~ after submitting your resume to any company, always follow up with a phone call, approximately 10 days later, to obtain your status.

~ as you go through your job hunt process, be sure to email thank you notes to interviewers and hiring managers as you have reason to acknowledge their time and consideration.

When you follow the rules of the game, you'll find you set yourself up to be a leading contender in the game.

Now, let's look at a tool you can use, almost like a cheat code, to put you ahead of nearly every other player in the job market. If you knew this tool would make winning the game effortless, would you try it?

Job seekers who don't want to spend their precious time and energy involved in researching salaries, finding exceptional companies, and submitting resumes, can partner with a professional career search company who will do all of these time consuming tasks for them. Best of all, most reputable firms provide these basic services for free.

Regardless of how you choose to approach finding and obtaining your next career move, your goal of winning the job market game is attainable, if you approach it from the right perspective.

Christina Archer is a copywriter, e-business owner, and Senior Recruiting Specialist, with SterlingProfessions Career Search, specializing in placements throughout the United States, across all fields and industries. To learn more about becoming a “Sterling" candidate, and view current open positions, visit the website, at


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