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There are many of us out there who are looking for a job – whether it’s a new graduate looking for that first break in the industry or someone who has been unemployed for a few years and is gearing up for just an opportunity. Luckily, things do look like they’re starting to improve for job seekers out there. According to the US Department of Labor, as reported by the Washington Post, during the week that ended April 20th, unemployment benefits filing fell by 16,000 workers. This means more American citizens are finding jobs, which is a great thing. It indicates that the job market is slowly improving. Although we’re certainly nowhere near fully recovering from the Recession, it’s a start that should be taken advantage of. So what are some things to keep in mind as you search for jobs?

Determine the type of job you’re qualified for:

If you haven’t reviewed your resume since you started your employment search, now is the time to do so. Take inventory of what your skills are: Go back over your past jobs and consider what your responsibilities were. What were you doing during your downtime? Did you volunteer? If so, maybe you learned new skills that you could emphasize in your resume. The important thing is that you look at jobs out there and create a resume that caters to the skills demanded by the positions you want. By knowing the type of jobs you’re qualified for and doing the work to create a resume that shows why you’re qualified, you can pinpoint on the right positions and have a resume in place that makes you favorable.

Network, Network and Network:

The old adage about it’s all about who you know is actually true. Many employers base their hiring decisions based off employee referrals and those whom they met in conventions, industry organizations and social media. With that in mind, how are you getting your name out there? Are you taking full advantage of possible connections? Are you letting your social media friends and followers know that you’re in the market for a new job? If not, you’re doing yourself a disservice. By networking, you can get your foot in the door and be the first consideration when a job opens up.

Are you looking for a private or public job:

Knowing the industry that you want to get into will go a long way in your job search, and with that comes the question of whether or not you want to enter the private or public job market. If you want to go the private route, then searching jobs on job boards and networking will go a long way in helping you find the career that you want. However, if you’re going the public route, the main job resource is USAJOBS.gov. Unfortunately, so many job applicants use this resource, so you might have to consider other options. If you’re looking, for example, for cleared jobs because you have a certain security clearance, there are job search sites out there that will help you pinpoint on jobs that require a certain clearance. By knowing where to search, you can find the job that matches your qualifications.

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Ashely is a recent college graduate who loves to read and write about business. Follow her on Twitter @ashelymarie1985 to see what else she has to say!

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