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Spring Fever Brings a Renewed Effort BY LYNNE SAUNDERS

Each month ushers in new opportunities. Daffodils boldly spring forth, encouraging us to believe something new is on the way. Even when the temperatures drop, these flowers are resilient. Job seekers, be strong and don’t get distracted. A lady who recently attended an employment class at The Master’s Training Center stopped by, vowing to get serious about her job Lynne is an author search again. She admitted to falling and the director of Papa’s Pantry and the off the proverbial wagon when the MastersTraining temperatures warmed up. Suddenly Center.com. She can be reached at (770) she realized she was one week closer 591-4730 or visit to needing a paycheck. www.papaspantry.org. Not all job-seeking tasks need to be performed indoors behind a computer screen. In an age when applying for jobs online is predominant, most job seekers complain there is no personal touch. Maximize good weather days - expand your job search and make contact with potential employers in person. This strategy is known as cold calling and works in many scenarios. The secret to a successful day is researching, planning and preparing. Be focused. • Determine what kind of job you intend to apply for. Don’t communicate that you will do “anything,” even if you think it. Apply for jobs for which you are qualified. • Research the companies you are interested in. Evaluate their hiring processes to be sure they do not have “do not call” or “do not solicit” policies. • Map the driving route to maximize time and gasoline. Start your day with a clean car inside and out. Avoid visiting companies at the beginning of the day, at lunch time or near closing time. • Cafeterias in professional buildings can be an informative place. Careful, yet respectful eavesdropping can help you learn of potential job openings. • Prepare resumes that feature your skills and qualifications for the job you want. Add a cover letter that introduces you personally. Take a legal pad and pen to write names and contact information of key people you meet. • Start the day with clean, professional clothing, confidence, a warm smile and a firm handshake. • The goal of the day is to introduce yourself to potential employers and open the door for future conversations. • Follow up with thank you phone calls and/or emails to the people who took time to talk with you. Keep making progress! TOWNELAKER | March 2015

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