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Find a New Career in a Struggling Economy

By Robert Withers Subscribe to RSS | June 1st 2012 | Views:

There used to be a time when you could get a job, relatively easily, and be virtually guaranteed of having that job until the day you were retiring; not so these days. The job market has become as competitive as any sporting event - with even more riding on being better than your fellow 'competitors' - so how do you get the edge over them?

Over the years we have all been told that: if you stay at school you'll be far better qualified to get a job. That is as true now as it has ever been, but, as you may have already found out for yourself, this means that you are getting a far higher level of candidate looking to get positions in entry level careers .

The advantage that you may have had over many people, when it came to getting those positions in entry level careers, has all but disappeared - if you intend on winning a position based on your academic achievements alone. You need something working for you that they may not have, and that's a system that will help you to maximize your one opportunity at making the right impression - the job interview.

If you think about it; what makes you stand out as the obvious candidate to successfully make the leap from college to entry level job ? You may have the same or similar academic achievements to 90% of the other applicants. You may have just as much work experience as them (little to none) so the way that you prepare for the interview, and the way that you handle yourself during it, is going to help to give the recruiters the impression that they need of you to make you stand out as the one person who has 'done their homework', and is really up for the job.

Of course, to be able to do this one crucial part of going from college to entry level job, you are going to need some help, and that's where Smash The Learning Curve is going to come to your aid. For instance, the last time that you applied for a job, were you the only person in the room being interviewed? If you've just said 'yes, it was a one-on-one interview', then you have been missing out on a perfect chance to show that you are not your average job applicant. Here's what you should be doing:

At the end of the interview, the people speaking with you are going to ask you if you have any questions. At this point most (but not you) are either going to say that there's nothing they need to know, or they are going to ask some outrageous questions like 'when do the pay increases start', or 'how long before I can take my first vacation'; but you are smarter than that, right?

You are going to ask the interviewer questions about what they like about the company, the job you are being interviewed for, and the company itself. Things like: 'what attracted you to the company', 'how does the company's management view this role and the overall importance of the department, and this particular position within the department?' This is going to show that you are thinking more about the job than the majority of the other candidates; you have taken the time to at least know what the company does; and that you have more desire to be employed by them, than many of the other applicants.

This is only the beginning for you, when you know how to 'smash the curve' you are not only going to learn what to do to prepare for an interview, and how to make the most of the opportunity, you are also going to find out the correct way to prepare your resume, and even how to get the best possible start to your career, when you have got the job.

So, are you just going to stumble your way through another interview, and hope for the best, or are you going to make sure that you are head and shoulders above everyone else, and carry that on into your new career? If you are serious about your career, then you need help, and you need to get it at:

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