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An employment agency can offer posts ranging from high-level administration to warehouse work. Many employers use agencies as their human resources department. Agencies advertise, interview, test and manage payroll. A temp-to-perm arrangement allows the employer and prospective employee to evaluate each other before committing to permanent employment.
Municipal and regional chambers of commerce include local employment agencies in their member lists, along with contact information. See Page 17 for a list of chambers of commerce in Pulaski and Lonoke counties.
Always keep your resume up-to-date and have several versions that target specific industries and highlight your skills that fit their job descriptions.
Compile several reference lists with a good variety of people and former business associates. Be sure first to ask each if you can use them as references.
Compose a comprehensive, catchy and succinct cover letter of no more than a page (this is no place to ramble). It will introduce you and your desire to work for the company. Have a knowledgeable friend check it for errors; misspelled words and bad grammar hint at carelessness and indifference. Know what the company does, and highlight skills, work experience and education that apply to the position. Be aware that many employers now accept only online applications so get comfortable with computers.
Maintain a positive, professional and broad-based presence on social media such as Facebook and LinkedIn; almost all employers search social media sites to vet job candidates, and your absence there will raise red flags. Also be aware that images and comments posted spur-of-the-moment can be searched out forever and come back to haunt you.
Be prepared for an interview at any time. When you submit your application, a supervisor may want to talk immediately, or the phone may ring with a call from a hiring director. Compose — and rehearse — your one-minute self-promotional speech on who you are, an achievement or two and your strengths. It’s not vanity to make a good first impression. If a supervisor wants to know why she should hire you, be ready.
Always follow up with thank-you letters and calls. Even today, a letter, as well as the quick-response email, will separate you from a surprising number of the other applicants — to your advantage — and keep your name fresh in the interviewer’s mind. Judicious calls display your continued interest. Writing out beforehand what you want to say helps. So does rehearsal.
Be aware that due to the usually huge numbers of applicants, most companies can follow up only with candidates in whom they are interested. Don’t take it personally if you’re not notified that you didn’t get the job.
Visit www.usajobs.gov to search for Department of Defense and other federal jobs in the Little Rock area.
To learn more about job openings on Little Rock Air Force Base, visit the Civilian Personnel office at Building 1255, Little Rock AFB, or call 501-987-3212.
The NAF Human Resources Office provides job opportunities for a variety of Force Support Facilities. All U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible. Apply online at www.nafjobs.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
For Base Exchange jobs, check out the career page at www.aafes.com/about-exchange/exchange-careers and search for “Little Rock.” You will need to create an account.
900 W. Capitol Ave.
Little Rock, AR 72201 501-682-1121
The state of Arkansas offers several programs to help businesses upgrade manager and employee skills. Many, such as the Business and Industry Training Program are free; others carry modest fees. The Workplace Skills Enhancement Program, in the Institute for Economic Advancement of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock College of Business Administration, targets the educational needs of working adults, while the Management Education Program, also part of the institute, does the same for managers and supervisors. For WSEP, call 501-569-8519; for MEP, call 501-569-8569.
Arkansas Small Business and
Technology Development Center
2801 S. University Ave.
Little Rock, AR 72204 501-683-7700
The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center draws on the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Arkansas State University’s College of Business to provide economic development programs for entrepreneurs and small businesses. Its statewide network of seven offices offers no-charge, one-on-one confidential consulting and market research to all types of for-profit endeavors as well as training.
City of Little Rock Small Business
3805 W. 12th St., Suite 208
Little Rock, AR 72204 501-379-1505
The city’s small business development office bolsters economic advancement by helping to create and strengthen minority- and women-owned small businesses. Its four major programs are the Small Business Incubator Service System, to help small companies take their next step; the River Market Capital Enhancement Program, for businesses in or moving to the River Market Pavilion; the Entrepreneurial Training Program to develop business plans and management systems; and the Proactive Procurement and Contract Outreach program that helps ensure that small, minority- or women-owned businesses have equal access to city projects and purchases.
Small Business Administration
2120 Riverfront Drive, Suite 250
Little Rock, AR 72202 501-324-7379
The federal Small Business Administration has much information about loans and grants, starting and managing a business, contracting and local assistance. The Little Rock office includes a chapter of SCORE, the Service Corps of Retired Executives, a nonprofit association of thousands of volunteer business mentors who give free business advice.