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Nab that dream job!

Job signAlthough the economy is trying to bounce back, there are many Americans who are still unemployed. If you’re one of them, you know that it can be intimidating to look for a new job. Even though it can be a frustrating process that may take months, you need to focus on your future and take action. Here are some tips to help you.

GET SERIOUS: Your job search should become your full-time job. Schedule tasks in your calendar and stick to them. Set achievable goals, such as sending out one resume per day. Scan job sites every day to look at new opportunities. Try or You may even want to connect with a local temp agency to assist you in your job search. Sometimes, it can be necessary to take an entry-level or part-time position – just to get your foot in the door. These positions can often turn into something more.

UPDATE YOUR RESUME: Rather than sending a generic resume to dozens of HR managers, cater your resume to fit the job requirements. Make sure your resume presents specific accomplishments and results that show how you could help the company reach its goals. It’s a good idea to have a family member or friend review your resume for errors, too.

NETWORK AND GET INVOLVED: Join a professional club or association to meet key contacts in your desired field. Talk to your friends and family members about your situation and ask them to keep you in mind when they hear of any job openings.

GO BACK TO SCHOOL: Additional training and education could enhance your marketability to a greater number of companies and make you a candidate for jobs that pay more. If you’re currently employed, but looking for a new job, consider taking some courses to learn the newest skills in your field of expertise.

THINK INTERVIEW: If you’re lucky enough to get an interview in this highly competitive job market, be thankful. Now it’s time to prepare! Learn all you can about the organization in advance. Review their website and social media presence. Google “tough interview questions” and think about how you would answer them if asked. Always be prepared to tell the interviewer about yourself in a few sentences and be able to explain why you would be the best person for the job.

STAY POSITIVE: It’s so easy to think negatively. Remain positive and be persistent. Your new job is just on the horizon.

Don’t forget to check out employment opportunities with us, too! Members 1st FCU is a great place to work, offers terrific benefits, and there are always opportunities for advancement. To view out our current openings, click here.

Also, if you’re dealing with a reduction in income or have started a new job, it’s a great time to reevaluate your budget. A GreenPath counselor can help you. As a member of Members 1st Federal Credit Union, you can take advantage of the GreenPath program, a free financial education and counseling program. GreenPath counselors are available Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. (EST), Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. To use this new service, call 1-877-337-3399 or visit

Labor Day and celebrating the worker

This weekend marks the official end of summer. It’s Labor Day weekend, a time typically marked by the beginning of football season, the last of the summer picnics, fireworks, various festivals, and back-to-school. It began in New York City in 1882 as a day to celebrate the economic and social achievements of American workers.  So here’s to you, the American worker!

Given the ups and downs of the economy, it’s not always easy being an American worker or any kind of worker for that matter. That’s why it’s important to always be prepared in the event you find yourself involuntarily unemployed for reasons such as downsizing, companies closing, medical emergencies, illnesses, disability or even your own death. When you’re not working and not bringing in money, it’s hard to pay the bills. The last thing we want to see is all of your hard work and well-earned money be turned into foreclosures, bankruptcies, delinquencies or repossessions.

We want to help you protect your credit and your good name. The next time you get a loan from us, ask us about Member Value Protection (MVP).  When you opt to purchase MVP, you’ll get the peace of mind in knowing that your monthly loan payments will be cancelled in the event of death, disability or involuntary unemployment. Your consumer loan payment will be cancelled without penalty, added interest, or being reported as delinquent to the credit bureau.*

This program offers several different options. That means flexibility in choosing the package that’s right for you. Each option has specific eligibility requirements and a different range of benefits. For complete details, including monthly costs for each option, be sure to inquire about MVP when you apply for your loan.

* Whether or not you purchase Member Value Protection will not affect your application for credit or the terms of any existing credit agreement you have with Members 1st Federal Credit Union.  There are eligibility requirements, conditions and exclusions that could prevent you from receiving Member Value Protection benefits. Ask us for details or refer to your contract and/or terms and conditions.

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