2012 has just begun. Millions of job seekers are hoping this is the year where they will see a real turnaround in the job market. The problem is that those millions are competing for a limited number of jobs in a market that has been slow on growth. There are steps you can take that will give you a huge leg up over your competition.

Get Your Name Out There

It’s not enough to simply apply for a few jobs here and there. You need to let people know that you’re in the market for a new job. Social networking is the best way, by far, to accomplish this.

LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and other social networks are great choices for reaching out to friends, family members, and former coworkers who may know some position that is well-suited for your particular talents. More and more businesses are turning to social networking to meet their staffing needs.

Do Your Homework

Prospective employers like to know that you’re the type of employee who really takes initiative. Take a little time to learn as much as possible about the company you’re applying to work for. You should also investigate the specific position for which you are applying and what it means with that company.

Write a unique cover letter for each prospective position and “wow” them with the details of how you would benefit them. Let them know reasons your resume will never reveal about why you are such a great fit for their company and the position you’re applying to hold within their organization.

Make Your Own Opportunities

Economic downturns and periods of widespread unemployment have traditionally been the times when successful businesses and companies get their start. The Great Depression is a prime example of difficult economic times that gave birth to many new businesses that ultimately helped the US pull out of the depression.

The world is changing more rapidly than ever before. If you’re a “problem solver” this is the perfect opportunity for you to stand out in your own right by starting a business of your own.

Not everyone is able to start a brand new business. Some people lack the ability to solve problems that is necessary to be a success in this industry. But those who do have the necessary skills and inclinations, there is no better time to begin a business of your own so that you never need to worry about finding a new job again.

Whether you decide to make the most of social networking to find a job, standing out in the interview process by getting to know the company better, or beginning a business of your very own, 2012 is a bright new year that’s filled with possibilities for your job search. Look to the support of a staffing agency, like Davis Staffing for help in finding a new career this year!

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