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Chicago expert weighs in on unemployment and getting a job

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The latest U.S. jobs report was generally positive, but people looking for work still face big challenges.

More jobs were added in June than expected. U.S. unemployment fell to 6.1 percent, which is the lowest level since 2008. Also, the past five months had the best job creation since 2006.

Looking closer, though, here's the underbelly. The number of people working part-time because they can't find full-time jobs was up. Most of the jobs added in June are lower-wage, with the largest chunk in retail or leisure-and-hospitality. Growth in higher paying jobs is much slower as well.

An employment expert in Chicago said that she's seeing a lot of hiring in specific fields. She said accounting and finance professionals are especially in high demand, and so are its workers.

Salaries, she said, are even going up. So, what's her advice for those of us in fields not so ultra-hot?

She said be persistent, and use every personal connection you have. She also said the odds of just applying online and getting hired are slim to none.

"It’s really hard to get a job by just applying blindly online to all the ads. I think you need to make it personal and you're your own best networker. You’re your own best representation, so network, pound the pavement, reach out to people you might have worked with in the past. Ask people for references. Ask people to make introductions. I always tell people who are searching for jobs that don't currently have one is A: it should be your full-time job to find a new job and B: you should be the most over-coffee'd and over-lunched person," said Kristin Paszcak.

Paszczak said that the most common mistake is trying to be everything to every employer. She recommended taking stock of your specific skill-set and narrowing down your resume to what you do best, and how you can most help the company you want to work for.

She also said tailor your resume for each job you apply for, and keep cover letters brief and to the point.

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