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Be prepared: Job candidates should set out to fill in the gaps

Midlands Business Journal – February 21, 2014

Finding a job can be challenging enough. One factor that can make it even more challenging is if the job seeker has been out of the job market for a while. Starting with a trusted network is a good way to begin to get back into the job market, said Christ Carlson-Dennell, managing director of Aureus Group, an affiliate of C&A Industries. Those who haven’t searched for a job in many years should create a clear, concise objective, Carlson-Dennell said. Those who do not know what they are looking for will not be able to find it. Begin by answering a few questions. What are your criteria in selecting an employer? What skills, experiences, knowledge, and talents do you want to use? Where do you want to be in three to five years?“ Use your trusted network of past employers, customers, vendors, co-workers friends and family,” she said. “It’s true, who you know matters.”