Job Search Boot Camp Readies Job Seekers in a Slowing Economy

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Even in difficult economic times, research shows that certain traits and attitudes of job seekers affect job-search behavior. Learning to maintain a sense of optimism in conjunction with practical action steps is critical to job seekers' success.

Too many bright, intelligent people are walking around wondering, 'What do I do next? What is the most effective way to find that new job?' There's a definite need for this seminar in our community.

Three industry experts with 40 years of combined experience have combined forces to bring much needed relief and training to job seekers.

On February 28, 2009 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at the Job Search Boot Camp seminar at the Wingate Conference Center in Round Rock , Angela Loeb, author of What You Need To Know To Get A Job Now!, Michael Kranes, award-winning resume writer, and Jay Markunas, career coach and HR specialist, will infuse weary job seekers with fresh energy, tools and training to jump start their 2009 job search.

"This is an idea born out of my desire to get people moving forward as they seek new employment," says Jay Markunas, who also volunteers as facilitator of the Compass Career Networking Group at Unity of the Hills Church. Markunas has noticed a significant increase in the number of out-of-work professionals showing up at the group's monthly meetings. "Too many bright, intelligent people are walking around wondering, 'What do I do next? What is the most effective way to find that new job?' There's a definite need for this seminar in our community."

At the Job Search Boot Camp, Markunas, Loëb and Kranes will provide training and share their expertise in resume writing, interview techniques and job search strategies. "We will provide focus and training in the technical aspects of the job search, as well as the emotional aspects of looking for a job," says Loëb. One of Loëb's clients, a senior project manager, related her experience after going through this two-pronged approach. "After a disappointing interview, I was feeling pretty depressed. With this training I now go back to my job hunt a stronger, more confident person."

Even in difficult economic times, research shows that certain traits and attitudes of job seekers affect job-search behavior. The more effort people put into a job search, the more likely they are to find employment. Learning to maintain a sense of optimism in conjunction with practical action steps is critical to job seekers' success. "People sabotage their own job search when they are feeling rejected over and over again. On top of that, when they believe that jobs are scarce, they assume that there's no point in looking," according to Loëb.

The 2009 Q1 outlook for hiring shows that 67% of employers plan to hold staff levels steady, meaning fewer new jobs will be created in the early part of 2009. However, job search professionals know that economic recession or boom, companies grow and shrink everyday. Reductions in workforce are a fact of life in the business world. The Job Search Boot Camp Group will provide job seekers with tools they can use throughout their career even after they get their next job. Kranes puts it this way: "We teach people how to morph their resume, develop a winning strategy and answer tough interview questions to match whatever opportunity they're pursuing, no matter when they're pursuing it. They learn how to promote their personal brands throughout their careers."

For additional information or to schedule an interview with members of the Job Search Boot Camp Group, contact Angela Loëb or visit http://www.jobsearchbootcamp.net.

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