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We are fortunate here at GetInterviews. We get the privilege of working with a lot of really interesting people while at the same time helping them through some tough times. The economy is pretty bumpy right now. I'm sure you know someone who has lost a job or is facing foreclosure. We all do, too. That's why we feel fortunate to be in a position to help people get back on their feet with a strong resume and cover letter.

In addition to having a great resume, there are lots of things you can do to make your job search more effective. It's very easy to send out the resume and then sit and wait but don't fall into that trap. That path leads to discouragement. I realize it just seems easier to float the resume on the Internet and see what bites but "easy" isn't going to get you back to work.

Tenaciousness is a virtue in a job search. Those who win out are the ones who stick with it, work at it, and try to help others along the way. Here are some ways you can make some noise in your job search and gain attention:

  • Send follow up emails or letters to show hiring managers you are still interested in a position for which you've applied.

  • Expand your networking web join an organization, join an online networking site, or simply talk to people you normally would just smile at (like other parents at your kid's ball game).

  • Find a job search group or partner and start sharing opportunities. This will not only help others but will multiply the opportunities that come your way, too.

  • Go on every interview possible, even if it's for a job you already know is not suitable. It will give you a chance to practice your interviewing skills. You also never know what other positions are in the "wings" the interviewer may realize that there is a different position coming open for which you would be more suitable!

  • Refresh your resume online and make sure you Google yourself to see what is out there about you (you may be surprised).

  • Volunteer somewhere. Charitable organizations are really hurting in these economic times. Even if you can't donate money, you have time and that is quite valuable. Go help someone. It will get you out of the doldrums, expand your network, and give you the opportunity to give back. Remember, you generally receive back with interest all that you give, even your time.

In this economy, those who are proactive, positive and have a "can do" attitude will be the ones who win the jobs.