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36 Employment


The month of September is when employers get back to work in full swing. Job postings and hiring decisions that had been put off due to summer vacations will get completed. You want to be ready for the rush. To prepare yourself and stay ahead of the pack, there are several steps you can take. Planning in August puts you at the front of the line for the mid-September dash.


Duties of this fast-growing profession include writing and editing text, creating graphics, converting photos and drawings into digital images, designing page layouts and developing presentations.


Data Entry Clerk


Set Up Networking Meetings: Since some of the people you may want to meet with as part of your job hunt are on vacation in August, try to schedule appointments with them for the second or third week of September. By then they ought to be back at work and in their groove again. Meanwhile you can go through your list of contacts and make any necessary updates. Have you met new people lately that you’d like to add to your networking list? Have you checked to make sure that the information you have for each contact – such as their phone number, place of work, title and e-mail address – are current? Did you keep track of meetings, phone calls and e-mail exchanges you have had with specific contacts?


Like administrative assistants, job prospects should be best for those with expertise in computer software applications. By typing text, entering data into a computer, and performing other clerical duties, these workers ensure companies keep up with information and technology.


Insurance Underwriter Insurance underwriters serve as the main link between the insurance carrier and the insurance agent. Underwriters analyze insurance applications, calculate the risk of loss from policyholders, decide whether to issue the policy and establish appropriate premium rates.


Also complete any of the follow-up activities you’d committed to doing. Send outstanding thank you notes to the folks you’ve chatted with. And pass on any articles or Web links of interest to particular contacts.


Create Or Update Your Target List of Employers To Approach: Now is a good time to determine which employers you will be targeting next month. By picking the ones where you are most likely to find a suitable job, or which you would most like to work for, you can save time and effort. A good starting point is our job search page. Here you will find a wide selection of employer information, jobs by province and other useful information. In this section employers may detail the types of jobs that they offer, providing position descriptions and an overview of the the work environment. Some even include a video for that insider viewpoint. Look for news of new product or service launches,


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mergers or acquisitions, shifts in staffing, and any other info that will assist you in drafting your cover letters or cold call scripts.


Other Ways To Prepare For September Job Openings: If your job search has slowed somewhat due to people taking their summer vacations or delays in hiring decisions, you may have some extra time to do the following preparation for September:


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Market Research Analyst Market research analysts, whose job numbers are expected to grow 20 percent by 2016, gather data on competitors and analyze prices, sales, and methods of marketing and distribution. They often design surveys, compile and evaluate the data and make recommendations to their client or employer based upon their findings.


Paralegal


While lawyers assume ultimate responsibility for legal work, they delegate much of their work to paralegals. Paralegals not only assist in preparation for closings, hearings, trials, and corporate meetings, they also perform a number of other vital functions including draft contracts, mortgages, separation agreements, trust instruments and may assist in preparing tax returns and planning estates. With employers reducing costs by replacing duties once tended to by lawyers with paralegals, growth of this profession is expected.


Careers 33 September is hiring month


Get your resume reviewed to ensure that it’s the best it can be Make a list of relevant recruiting and personnel firms to contact next month


Brush up on your phone skills for making those important calls


Have someone you know do a mock job interview with you and get critiqued


If you want to make the case to a potential employer or your boss to let you work from home, keep a few things in mind. If possible, provide concrete examples of how this arrangement was successful in the past or how it will succeed. Suggest that you ease into it -- spending a few days to a few weeks in the office at the outset, meeting people and getting to know procedures. Then, during the first three to six months on the new job, make frequent visits.


Ready. Set…You’re Employed: An additional step you can take to get ready for September is to have a look at your financial situation. You should try to arrange things so that you give yourself the maximum amount of time to search for the right kinds of jobs. By September 10th or so, as the tempo begins to pick up in workplaces across Canada, there you’ll be all set to apply for the jobs that you really want to go after: just when people return from vacations, a rash of new jobs gets posted to Monster, and people who make the hiring decisions are ready to invite candidates in for interviews. Make the most of the next three to four weeks and


Kate Lorenz is the article and advice editor for CareerBuilder.ca. She researches and writes about job search strategy, career management, hiring trends and workplace issues.


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