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Tuesday, December 02, 2008


Entry Level Jobs in Arkansas Tough to Find

Unemployed workers looking for entry level jobs are having a tough time nearly everywhere in the country, including in Arkansas.

It is expected college graduates will have a hard time finding work amidst the slowing economy, and while some entry level jobs may be available, finding anything above that is going to be even harder.

While companies will continue to eliminate mid-level positions, many are planning for the future by hiring new employees for management trainee positions. According to an article by the Times Record, displaced hourly workers will have a harder time finding employment.

In Fort Smith, Ark., seven companies have already laid off workers or announced plans to fire employees. This has resulted in 1,200 workers losing their jobs. For those workers, the job search is likely to be a cruel world.

"Many dislocated workers who’ve worked at the same company for 15-plus years aren’t prepared to compete for new jobs," the article notes. "Unless they participated in ongoing training throughout their employment, many of those job hunters won’t have the current skills to be competitive in the employment market. They shouldn’t expect to be able to find comparable jobs without developing additional skills."

It is advisable that workers entering the job market evaluate their strengths, weaknesses, interests and values to help prepare themselves. Some workers can do this on their own, or can use a variety of career resources for help.

In Arkansas, the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, offers non-credit training in industries like information technology, as well as help with resume writing and interview skills. The Arkansas Workforce Center offers help with job-seeking skills, information on vacancies and potential training for those that qualify. Many staffing agencies throughout the area also may help.


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