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Resolution: Find a Better Job, Write a Better Resume

Will you be looking for a new job in 2012? Whether you’re unemployed or just looking for a better job, many Americans will be job hunting in 2012.

Your resume may be the key element that makes you stand out in a sea of applicants.

A great resume:

  • Grabs the attention of employers and recruiters
  • Sells your skills and accomplishments
  • Shows why you’re a match for a position
  • Communicates both your current capabilities and future potential
  • Helps you take the next step in your career
  • And most importantly, gets you the interview

The U.S. Department of Labor sponsors tools to help job seekers and advice on developing a great resume to help you on your path to career success.

Finding A Job in This Tough Market

The Department of Labor announced the unemployment rate had edged up to 9.2 percent in June, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that it takes about 10 weeks to find work (PDF).

While those numbers might be disheartening, there is help if you’re looking for a job.

The Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration has online tools and resources to help find you find the right job.

You can also use CareerOneStop to learn about different careers, typical salaries, and get resume help.

And, don’t forget, the Government is hiring! There are more than 5,000 federal government job openings right now. Use our Work for the Government page to help you begin the process of applying for federal, state, or local government jobs.