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See How to Upgrade Your Career in a Recession Using Technology

Use Software, the Web, and Social Networking to Ace your Job Search

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Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the last month or so, you’re probably worried about your job. Blue chip companies are falling into the deadpool or getting taken over on a daily basis.

You either just got laid off or you’re worried that you could be. If that’s not the problem, then you probably just need more money (welcome to the club). with the job market so tight, how do you compete?.

Let Technology be your not-so secret weapon to find all of the best jobs even in a tough market.

You can use software, social networking, and dead-simple techniques to make the whole process painless and successful.

It all starts with your Resume. You already have one (don’t you?), but take a little time to make sure it’s a good one. Go to Google and type in "Create a Great Resume" or something like that. Follow the instructions to make your resume a great one.

Save your Word Resume with the following title: "First name-Last name-Resume.doc". Now, when you email the resume to people, they always know what the file is, it’s YOUR RESUME!

When you go online to start this process, you’ll need to paste the text of your resume into a bunch of sites, forms, emails, etc. This is a huge hassle and can either slow you down or force you to give up. If you don’t make it easy on yourself, that is. You’re going to have a copy of your resume in a plain text file to breeze through this part.

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My Day Job Versus My Passion

Doing What You Love, Loving What You Do

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Most people have their lives broken up into numerous compartments. Family life vs. friends vs. work. Hangin’ with the boys (or girls) vs. your significant other. Then, there’s the age old battle between your passion and how do you pay the bills.

Mine is a little different, there is a lot of overlap between the two for me. By day, I’m an E-Learning Guru at a financial services company. I design and develop training courses on financial applications in systems area. I basically spend my day writing, maintaining web sites, designing graphics and simulations, and fiddling with software. A handful of times each month I teach classroom sessions (which I love). Increasingly, everything that I do is Web Based Training development for remote users who “consume” my content, most of whom I will probably never meet.

I find that I am rare among most people I know in that I LOVE what I get paid (pretty well) to do.

After putting in 3 or 4 grueling hours a day (I do my share of talking, coffee drinking, and attending thrilling meetings) you would think that the last thing that I would want to do is rush home, sit in front of another computer, read a bunch of other technical mumbo-jumbo, and write about it to a bunch of anonymous readers. I guess that’s the crazy part. I love both of these things.

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