By Crystal Britt
Finding a job in today's market can be daunting whether you've been laid off or just want to try something new. When you pull out the old resume it's probably going to need more than just a good dusting, likely a good sprucing.
The Career Center in Cape Girardeau is a very busy place. Traffic is way up with a huge increase in December as more than 2200 people sought help.
"It's been a long process the last 3-4 months," said Eric Eakins. He started at the Career center and landed at Mers Goodwill, a service that helps people find jobs.
"A lot of times we have a tendency to wrap our whole self image up into our vocation and when that vocation is ripped away, we feel lost," said Terry Williams. Williams is a case manger for Mers Goodwill. He helps clients re-discover themselves.
"One of the things we do is help them say, 'What am I good at now and how do I market myself to say? I put things into boxes...no that's not what I did,'" said Williams.
So when you're preparing that resume, think outside the box. Maybe at that factory job you also supervised so headline that.
Cindy Beussink learned that lesson first hand. She once worked at K's Merchandise in Cape Girardeau as a human resources manager.
"I worked with K's, and when they closed the store down I found out about this place," said Beussink.
She now works a different position, at the very place (Mers) that helped her after she lost her job.
"I think my skills with being able to work with people and be very accurate with details helped me get this job," said Beusssink.
Another tip for building that resume, experts say is to remember it's not about you. There's a lot of competition out there and you need that prospective employer to notice you...like show them how you'll save or make them money.
And, you've heard it before...network network network. Get out there and get your name out.
"Lots of times you've just got to stay at it day after day after day," said Williams.
That type of persistence paid off for Eric Eakins.
"As of Monday I start a new job," he said.
He's living proof, that job is out there.
The Career Center is not an unemployment office, but yet a source of training and help for job seekers and it's free.