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Q.I have a new BS degree in elementary education, but the news about hiring in my state is so depressing I want to tear it up. I've been hitting the streets, just walking into every business I see and asking if they can use some help. Imagine my surprise when I walked into an Embassy Suites motel and the manager told me they were just about to put out ads asking for front desk clerks. I told her my credentials, showed my resume, and said I am not looking for a teaching job now. I also said I've worked since I was 16 at a variety of jobs dealing with the public. She told me the most impressive thing about me was that I had the nerve to walk in "cold" and ask for work. She hired me to be a full-time employee with vacation and health care benefits. I won't make a lot of money, but I am living at home and will be able to pay my daily expenses and help out my parents a little bit. I thought others might want to try this method of job-hunting too..

Ans. They certainly should try it. This is a great suggestion. There's no better way to find a job than to get up out of your chair, or couch, OR COMPUTER! and start hunting for it. Driving or walking through business and retail centers should be a start. The most important thing anyone has to offer is his or her personality, and it's clear that yours is the type that will help increase sales and improve services of almost any company. Thank you for helping our readers consider something other than online job hunting.

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