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With everything formal and automated these days, it's difficult to realize that a job search can occur right inside a real brick and mortar building.

Most job seekers head for the human resources department and fill out an application. It happens all the time. However, it's prudent to do a good deal of research and target companies that you feel you can add value to.

The key to this is getting your cover letter and resume into the hands of the person who will do the hiring. That's usually the head of a department or an editor. Find out who this person is! Send your package to him or her and then be prepared to make a pitch to them.

In smaller businesses it's easier to find the manager and the meeting is usually fairly informal. Remember, that first impressions count! And employers are looking for motivated people who can help them be more productive as a company.

You need to look out for your own best interest. That's why you should do some research, get expert opinion, and ask questions. After all, you wouldn't want to step into a job and then be laid-off shortly after because of financial problems in the company!

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Have questions about your job search? Don't hesitate to ask!

For those new to the Net or overwhelmed by the nature of the online job market I suggest you look at the Cyber Search Tutorial.There are more job boards and classifieds from metro newspapers.

Don't forget to visit Sunoasis Joblog for daily updates on the writing and publishing industry.

Cyber Search will show you where all the writing jobs are!

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What to look for when researching a company:
(1) How stable is it financially?
(2) Does it have R & D plans?
(3) What are the Employee Benefits?
(4) Does it provide an employee-friendly environment?

There are many ways to research a company. Here are some tools:

Another guide from Quint

The Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media is great for looking up magazines.

Ask your employer about their pension plan. Request a "summary plan description," in the first 3 months of the job.

David Eide
copyright 2000-2009