Media Advisory: Experts share tips on how to make the most of a slow job market

The unemployment rate is expected to tick down from 7.6 to 7.5 percent—hardly an encouraging sign that job opportunities are increasing. What can those looking for jobs and those in stagnant careers do while waiting for the economy to pick up?

The unemployment rate is in a holding pattern and so is your career. Will you be ready for the next move when the job market expands? – Katharine Brooks, a nationally recognized career specialist and the executive director of personal and career development at Wake Forest University, says while job options are up in the air, there are down-to-earth things you can do to get ready for your next opportunity. Don’t just ‘get by’ until something better comes along,” says Brooks. “You won’t stand out, and you won’t be first in line for promotions when and if they arrive. Also, you may not get the best recommendations from your boss or co-workers if you aren’t being a team player and working hard. If you’re bored, volunteer for new assignments.”

Brooks is available for phone and radio interviews this week and television interviews the week of 8/5.

Turn a summer internship into a full-time job — Research shows that students who complete internships make an average of $6,500 more in their first jobs than college graduates who do not. But in a slow job market, scoring that first job can be a challenge. Mercy Eyadiel, executive director of employer relations at Wake Forest, offers tips on how to convert a learning experience into a paid position. “Though the company may not be hiring right now, it’s important to stay connected with former colleagues and managers,” says Eyadiel. “And now that you’re familiar with what your company cares about, stay alert for win-win situations where you can help your former boss make connections.”


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