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Reuters is reporting the American job market increased slightly in November 2009.  Government data reveals the lowest job cuts in nearly two years, since December 2007.  Does this mean we are finally beginning to see a light at the end of the tunnel?  Maybe; but it also depends on who you ask.  While the government data showed a total of 11,000 jobs cut by U.S. employers last month, many experts, including Gad Levanon, a Senior Economist at The Conference Board, insist the recovery efforts will continue to be weak at least through the first half of 2010.  Further, although the layoffs narrowed for the eighth straight month, the numbers weren’t as many as many experts anticipated.

So what does this mean for those searching for work?  Frankly, it means not much has changed.  Remaining committed to one’s career, even in a less than ideal job market, can be difficult; however, no one can do it for you.  It’s all about focus, determination and the right tools to ensure you stand out from the competition.  These tools, of course, include a flawless resume, the ability to do well in an interview with your conversation skills and faith in your education and abilities.

As A. Harrison Barnes, CEO of, points out, networking can play a significant role in locating those positions you might had not considered before.  Further, with the highly competitive state of the job market, any tool you can include in your arsenal is crucial and can often mean the difference in landing a job or losing it to the next interviewee.  Of course, taking advantage of sites such as EmploymentCrossing can also give you the upper hand in today’s unpredictable career market.

Another tip, courtesy of A. Harrison Barnes, is to remain focused in your job search.  It’s easy to become distracted, only to end up in jobs that do not match your area of education or your interests.  Do your research, regardless of how desperate you are for work.  Ensure you understand exactly what you’re getting into.  EmploymentCrossing is an excellent place to start your search.  Here, you’ll discover more tips and advice from A. Harrison Barnes as well as updates from the employment sector and of course, job opportunities you will only find on EmploymentCrossing.

Despite the often confusing news that’s reported in the media, the job openings remain scarce and will likely continue to remain that way for a good many months.  The beginning of a new year is always promising, but it’s important to remember the U.S. has been in the current recession for nearly three years.  We all look forward to the light at the end of the tunnel that might finally signal the end of current economic times, especially those of us who are looking to build or rebuild our careers that will ensure our financial well-being.

Bottom line, there is simply no room for assumptions or “almost” perfects.  You simply must rise above the mediocrity, highlight your strengths via your resume and interview process and work on those weaknesses that might provide trouble after you’ve landed your dream job in your chosen career.  These are all goals we should seek to meet regardless of current employment climates.

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