With the holiday season quickly approaching, WORKFORCE plus wants to remind job seekers to remain vigilant in their job search activities and to take advantage of the numerous retailers looking to hire during this upcoming holiday season.
According to the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, average annual expenditures per consumer rose by 3.3% in 2011. This was the first yearly increase in spending since 2008. Additionally, according to the most recent Help Wanted Online report released by The Conferencing Board, Gadsden, Leon and Wakulla Counties had over 150 online job ads for retail salespersons and over 190 online job ads for managers of retail sales workers.
With these numbers in mind, WORKFORCE plus offers the following tips to help job seekers in their job search campaign:
- Some businesses hire part-time. Part-time work is better than no work at all. Part-time work adds to your experience and is an excellent way to show your talents to a prospective employer.
- Don’t put off applying for full-time work during the holiday season. Companies operating on a calendar year budget will make decisions about personnel and there is always turnover – no matter what time of year. Make sure your resume is available to your employer.
- Take advantage of the season by networking yourself at parties. Many times networking is the key to finding new employment. While it’s difficult to admit being unemployed to friends and family, they are essential to your network. They will keep their eyes open for opportunities for you.
- Renew your relationship with family and friends. Many people look back to tight financial times, when they were forced to focus on friends, as some of the most meaningful moments in their lives.
- Seek help from WORKFORCE plus for job counseling and financial assistance. You paid for these services through taxes and payroll deductions and they should be viewed like any insurance program you might use in times of emergency. Take advantage of the programs that provide financial help while you explore the job training services to improve your skills to locate a new job. You have access to these services at no cost. (Eligibility requirements apply.)
- Understand that job loss, unemployment and job seeking are stressful situations. There is truth to the statement that the hardest job of all is finding a good job. Get yourself in shape, focus on health and enjoy the extra time you have with your family. Today’s training can become tomorrow’s job.
- Get organized. Write and design a new resume. Customize a few resumes to highlight specific career tracks where you have solid skills. Be methodical about your job search. Post your resume online. Use our Resource Rooms. WORKFORCE plus has excellent resume writing software and can make sure you are approaching your job search professionally, effectively and efficiently.
- Decrease tension at home. Money issues and employment problems rate highly on the stress scale. Avoid overspending. Don’t complicate your employment situation with debt. If you have a friend or family member who is unemployed, be supportive and helpful. Now is not the time to be argumentative or accusative.
- Succeed with patience and a positive attitude. Understand that it takes time for your resume to be routed to the appropriate person. Be courteous when you follow up with potential employers – your attitude on the phone may be the deciding factor in getting an interview or job offer.
- Use staffing agencies. Employers often use temporary help agencies as recruitment and screening strategies. These jobs often turn into full time, regular employment and even if they don’t, the experience can yield another positive employer recommendation.
WORKFORCE plus has a number of services available to help you get and keep a job. Call (866) WFP-JOB1 or (866) 937-5621 today if you are looking for employment. If you are a business, we can help you find the right employee at no cost to you. For additional information about listing your job openings with WORKFORCE plus, call (850) 414-6085. Persons using TTY/TTD, dial Florida Relay 711.
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