RIDING OUT THE RECESSION

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Consider alternative strategies for job search

Feeling stuck in your job-searching process?

If the things you've been trying haven't been snaring interviews or even nibbles for jobs you have your eye on, then consider these alternative strategies:

* Try taking on a project or freelance work for a reduced fee or on a contract basis to prove yourself to a prospective employer. When business picks up, you already have a foot in the door.

* Consider opportunities at small businesses. While small businesses are also suffering in this recession, they have more leeway in negotiating pay and job duties than large employers.

* Expand your network beyond your immediate industry. Try reaching out to suppliers and customers.

* Craft a marketing plan to make sure the message about your career and accomplishments is clear and what you want to project to potential employers.

* Volunteer at professional organizations that match your expertise and attend conferences to strengthen your networking skills.

* Think about transferring your private-sector skills and expertise to nonprofit or government jobs. The federal government is hiring.

Look for more tips on "Riding Out the Recession" on WJZ 13 Eyewitness News.

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