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by Pamela Stone


- Re-package your skills. If you're thinking about returning to school for your MBA, think again. Try re-packaging your skills by taking the skills you have and thinking of a new use for them.
- Don't depend on classified ads. Only 15 to 20 percent of jobs are found this way. Instead, try using networking services of organizations like the YWCA, Women in Communications, professional business organizations or the chamber of commerce.
- Tell others you're looking for a job. Remember, most people find a job from people they know.
- Devise a Plan of Action. Ask others to listen to your ideas and hold you accountable for your progress.
- Two-minute commercial. Prepare a two-minute commercial about yourself, stating what you're good at and why you want a certain job. Play this commercial to everyone you meet. It needs to be succinct, expressive and energetic. It must have sell.
- A gap in your resume? Try using a functional resume instead of a chronological one. The functional resume highlights your skills. The chronological one focuses on each job you've held.



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