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Q.   I've been out of work but am thinking of looking for a sales job because the reports of hiring there are better now than others. But I don't know if I want to spend all that energy, only to be laid off if sales are off after Christmas. So you think it's worth it?

Ans. Any kind of work for any amount of time always is better than no work anytime. Get up and out and try to land one of those jobs. Keep in mind that people have begun to shop retail again, and perhaps they'll enjoy it so much they'll continue after the holidays and you'll be hired permanently. Also, remember that January means "returns" and stores will need people to handle that rush. This column never will encourage anyone to NOT look for work.

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