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How I finally got hired

These 5 newly employed workers faced a tough job market, but they found a way to get a foot in the door. Here's how they did it.

Took on volunteer work

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  • Name: Greg Saum
  • Location: Ridgefield, Wash.

I went to school for eight years to become a teacher, but after graduating with my master's degree, it took me three years to find an actual job.

During that time, I lost my home to foreclosure. I was fortunate to have my parents help me out a bit.

I fought through the trenches of substitute teaching during the downtime, earning some income sporadically. I was unable to find any other work, so I did a lot volunteering with local high school theater students instead.

Volunteering was a great way for me to get out there, make connections in the local schools, and build my résumé a bit.

Then, about a month ago, I was hired to work as a part-time social studies teacher. I'm at a school that I love, and while it's only part-time, that still looks 100% better on my résumé than a fourth year of subbing.

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  @AnnalynKurtz - Last updated November 14 2012 09:52 AM ET

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