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Get the Job You Want

How to search smart and boost your odds of getting hired. Plus, take our QUIZ to sharpen your job-hunting skills.

Good news for this year's crop of college graduates: The job market for entry-level workers hasn't been hit hard by recession worries. Employers plan to hire 8% more grads from the class of 2008 than were hired from the class of 2007.

"Employers will still be hiring, but they will be more cautious so as to not get ahead of themselves in this slowing economy," says John Challenger of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, a premier job placement agency.

Hiring plans can change quickly in uncertain times, so it pays to be prepared and search smart, whether you're fresh out of school or you're ready to move up or move on from your current position. And even if you aren't actively looking for a job, it's a good idea to keep your job-hunting skills sharp. You never know when a great opportunity will present itself -- or when the ax could fall.

Take our QUIZ to see how sharp your job-hunting skills are. You might learn something that'll boost your odds of getting hired.

Then, take a look at this collection of our best advice for job seekers. You'll find all the basics from writing your résumé to acing an interview. Plus, if you're considering a career switch, we've identified some good choices to help you find a good fit. And for those of you who bristle at the thought of working for someone else, you'll find advice on starting your own business.

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