Job Seekers Need To Be Ready To Adapt: Manpower Business Specialist

By Jeff Neumeyer

August 20, 2010 Updated Aug 20, 2010 at 5:14 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, IN (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- A “Manpower” business specialist in Fort Wayne says candidates in this brutal job market need to be ready to adapt and be concerned with making a good first impression in job hunting.

Those points are even more important, when you consider unemployment figures aren’t producing encouraging news.

Hope Sheehan from “Manpower” says there are opportunities out there, but you've got to be flexible, ready to move fast, and you have to cover your tracks.

Unemployment figures for Indiana in July show Elkhart County trailed only Fayette County for the highest number of people out of work.

Noble County’s jobless numbers topped 12 percent, while Allen County's rate was 10.4 percent.

Indiana’s overall rate went up one-tenth, to 10.2 percent.

Sheehan says skilled machine operators are in particular high demand right now.

But she says companies increasingly want people who can not only run the machine, but also “troubleshoot” and fix problems when the equipment breaks down.

She also says, to get hired in today’s job market, you need to make sure you're careful about what goes on your Face book page.

Hope Sheehan/Manpower Business Specialist: " Our ability to track information about individuals is way easier than it's ever been before. It's very important to mind your p's and q's ‘virtually’ and in the real world, because again, there's a ton of people out of work, competition is fierce."

Sheehan says the same thing applies to in-person first impressions.

She says way too many job seekers turn bosses off by how they dress in turning in applications, or in showing up for interviews.

She says, surprisingly, many companies are looking to hire right now, but they may choose to go with temp workers, until evidence supports the economy is on the rebound.

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