How to Get a Job, Fast!

Some tips to get you working and making money as quickly as possible.

Employment has not been easy to come by at the end of the first and beginning of the second deade in the twenty first century; this is especially true if you live outside of major city areas like Atlanta, Richmond, Los Angeles, New York, and Las Vegas. The key to landing a job in hard times is to be prolific and patient, and to continue seeking even if results do not appear to be forthcoming.

The first key to acquiring employment quickly is to evaluate the reality of your situation and consider your goals. If you are unemployed and you do not draw unemployment, then it is in your best interest to acquire a job as rapidly as possible (if you do draw unemployment, then it is in the nation's best interest for you to get a job rapidly). In a situation without a living wage, it is also definitely not in your favor to be particularly selective or picky about the employment you pick up. For example, an entry level employment scheme of $6.50 an hour, which is typical of a fast food restaurant, adds up to $240 a week at 40 full time hours per week. This totals $12,480 per year, and it is certainly far better than not earning any money at all. You should also keep in mind that you are far more likely to spend money if you are unoccupied with employment, so your expenditures may increase instead of decrease when you are bored and without a job.

Use your contacts wisely. If you are seeking employment, then you are at least 16 years old and have acquaintances that may be able to help you find your next job. If you are in the military, there are numerous job boards and employer partnerships available to help you. Civilians can also find job sites that offer employment opportunites; the easiest way to find these is to Google jobs in your desired area.

Most of all, do not be afraid to employ "scatter gun" principles when you apply for jobs. If you truly are desperate, then you do not have te luxury of time to submit one resume at a time. Instead, throw out hundreds, because the job search is exactly like fishing: you are going to cast hundreds of times before you land the big one. Also, be willing to explore outside of your functional area of experience, because your region may not support a great deal of what you are looking for. For example, Augusta, GA might not support many heavy industry jobs, but you could select industries that support the massive medical and military presence in that city. Above all, remember that the tough part is landing a job; once you get in the door, you can easily prove yourself.

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