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The jobs report for March 2013 is out, but what does this mean for you, the job seeker? There are always a myriad of statistics being mentioned, but how do these numbers affect your chances of landing a new job? I aim to shed a little light on the jobs report, and what you can do to prepare for whatever situation the job market throws at you. Below are two paragraphs citing accurate statistics from the March 2013 jobs report; one written in a positive manner, and the other in a negative manner.

Positive: According to the March 2013 jobs report report, unemployment fell to 7.6% in March 2013, which is the lowest rate in the past four years. 88,000 new jobs were created (on non-farm payrolls) and the average number of hours worked for all employees increased.

Negative: The U.S. jobs market recovery suffered a setback in March, with only 88,000 new jobs created, which is the smallest gain in nine months. Unemployment was reduced, due simply to the fact that 496,000 people (nearly half a million!) stopped looking for work and left the workforce entirely.

You may be wondering what my point is: as a job seeker, you need to be ready for any situation that presents itself. Whether the job market is improving or suffering, an effective resume is going to be required. If there is a severe lack of jobs, a powerful resume is going to help get your foot in the door and set you apart from other candidates. If the job market is booming, new positions are being created that need qualified candidates, and your resume could help you seal the deal.

In summary, avoid getting wrapped up in the jobs report and do not let it dampen your enthusiasm and commitment to landing a new job. Depending on where you get your information, the exact same statistics can be skewed to sound great or sound depressing, so the best thing to do is be prepared for both scenarios. Hire a resume writer or update your resume yourself to ensure that you are ready when the opportunity is knocking.

By Drew Roark