Tips for landing a job in a tough economy

9:02 PM, Sep 14, 2011   |    comments
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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. -- CareerBuilder, a leading indicator on job creation in the U.S., reports that job listings in the Twin Cities are up 45 percent compared with the same period last year.

In addition, CareerBuilder is seeing increased growth in entry level jobs in the metro as organizations invest in new talent. Entry level jobs are up 37 percent.

Greg Avallone from CareerBuilder stopped by KARE 11 News at 10 p.m. to offer some advice for Twin Cities job-seekers.

The top five industries seeing the most growth are:

-Sales

-Information Technology

-Customer Service

-Health Care

-Engineering

Tips for landing a job in a tough economy:

Leverage social media - Use social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter to make connections and promote your personal brand across the Internet. Launch a blog or networking group to establish thought leadership and showcase your communications skills.

Quantify when you can - In addition to listing your responsibilities and accomplishments at your past positions on your resume, make sure you share how you've impacted the bottom line by including numbers whenever possible. Had a great sale that led to increased revenue? Increased awareness of your brand by 20 percent? Make sure to include metrics, the more the better.

Prepare, prepare, prepare - Before you go to a job interview, research the company by looking at the press room for recent announcements, the about us section to learn more about the company culture, and the list of products so you are familiar with their offerings. Having this knowledge will allow you to easily answer and ask questions during the interview.

Stay upbeat - Don't focus on the hardships associated with being unemployed in your communications with an employer. Focus on what you learned from the experience and how that makes you a stronger candidate for the employer.

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