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Tips for Rejoining the Workforce

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The former PRACS employees have been pretty lucky with the recent outreach, but not all unemployed workers have such luck.

Valley News Team's Hope Hanselman shows us how tough the job search can be for others needing work and offers some advice, if it ever happens to you.

"Nobody likes what we're going through and there are those that are having a tougher time than others," Lee Huggett, a former PRACS employee, said when he showed up to a job fair put on by Sanford.

Quite often, the road to getting hired doesn't begin with the interview. At least not for Bryan Ackley, who lost his job three weeks ago, and has to start all over.

"The first week was total trauma, just adjusting to everything changing, everything needing to change," Bryan said.

But, even in a state with one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, Bryan isn't new to this race.

"I've done it before, you know at my age, I've done it a few times," he said.

His first tip: keep your head up.

Preference Personnel CEO David Dietz says employers have become more selective in the last few years.

"The supply and demand of available jobs to available workers does vary by discipline," Dietz said.

So, sometimes the job waiting for you may not be the one you're used to.

Dietz says the jobs most often looking to hire include accountants, engineers and truck drivers.

The next tip: be ready to adapt and ready to compete.

"The odds may be in your favor that there's a job for you but the really good jobs are definitely competitive," Dietz said.

Because, it doesn't matter where you start your job search as long as it's on the right foot.

"This time will pass and there are plenty of opportunities out there and I'll find the right one," Bryan said as he filled out paper work to find work.

Other tips if you're looking to get hired: be competitive in your search. Touch up your resume, work on interviewing skills and check your Facebook page or Twitter feed. Employers look at what you post to social media more often than you might think.

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