2) Network. Speak to your instructors/professors. When on your clinicals, speak to your preceptors to see about job opportunities when you graduate and pass the licensure examination. Even if your clinical site has no openings, your preceptors know people. Ask for names and contact information. And then.contact the individuals!

TIP: When Mom and dad could not afford the barber we sought out a beauty school or barber college. Students worked on our hair under the watchful eye of licensed stylists. Depending on your income, a shampoo, cut and style can be free or just a nominal charge.

Do I think you should spend your every waking moment looking for a job? No way. (In fact, in case you haven’t noticed, I’m a big advocate of HIRING SOMEONE – ME(!) – to help you with your materials and your search so you know you are starting way ahead of the pack. Save your time, money and sanity!) Yes, take a break, but not a 3-week break! Don’t be a job seeker-a-holic, but don’t step out of the frey if you want to be competitive in today’s tough economic times.

You’re out there, doing the best you can (or you think you are doing the best you can), but jobs are not easy to find. Statistics vary, but I’ve heard that there are anywhere from 4-8 people for every job (depending on your location and field). It’s not a “come as you are” job market.

Highly experienced recruiting staff are always sought after, and one board is tuned into the needs and expectations of professionals seeking Nursing Jobs. Their recruiting experience enables them (they say) to match you with the best possible California Nursing Jobs in the country.

Get out of the house. Join an in-person networking group. The Unemployed Professionals group meets and hosts a guest speaker every Tuesday at the Portland career center. The Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce is another great place to meet, talk with others and spread the word about you.

Special cooking camps will be held again by Martin’s Supermarket in Granger, Indiana. “This is the third year that the store has held these camps for kids.”The parents really have liked this because the kids learn a practical skill and have fun,” said Cindy Kaplan, Public Relations for Martin’s Supermarkets. A parent of cook campers agrees.

Do informational interviewing as a reality check for the above. Find out from your contacts in the career field you’re interested in if your skill set is up-to-date.