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The rules of the job search game have changed dramatically in the last few years. An economic downturn has created a very competitive job market where the average number of candidates for a single position has increased from 50 to 500 or more. And we’ve seen a nearly explosive growth in the number of people landing jobs through networking and in unique and unusual ways.

The unemployment rate in October 2012 was 7.9% and many have been unemployed for more than 27 weeks. At the same time, the U.S. Department of Labor reports that there are currently 3.7 million jobs available.

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Abby Kohut, a brave Human Resources professional, has stepped forward to share the secrets of her industry and to help the unemployed fill the 3.7 million jobs. Aside from teaching job search skills, Abby also inspires those that are out of work to not lose faith that they will find a job. Abby, who is known as “Absolutely Abby” because she tells job seekers the absolute truth, has held positions from corporate recruiter to Senior Director of Recruiting over the past 16 years. In 2009, Abby shifted her focus to concentrate on helping candidates land their dream jobs and has spoken to over 200 job search groups. Now in 2012-2013, Abby is determined to educate 1 million job seekers and help America get back to work by launching a 38 city cross country speaking tour, a project which is currently self-funded. Abby and her husband Ken have left their home in NJ and are traveling across country in an RV in order to fulfill Abby’s goal to help one million job seekers. You can learn more about the tour at www.AbbyAcrossAmerica.com

Abby has gained much media attention since she wrote the book “Absolutely Abby"s 101 Job Search Secrets”. She was selected as one of the top 100 influential people online according to Fast Company Magazine and was named as one of “The Monster 11 for 2011: Career Experts Who Can Help Your Job Search”. She has been featured on several dozen television news and radio segments, including Fox News & Fox News Radio, Good Morning Connecticut, and Bloomberg Radio. Her advice has also been featured in newspapers such as the NJ Star Ledger, The Daily News, Inc. Magazine, Urban Male Magazine, and LA Weekly and on top career sites such as Monster, CareerBuilder, HotJobs, WorkChic, and The Ladders. For Abby"s press appearances, please visit www.AbsolutelyAbby.com.

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Hiding in Plain Sight: Thousands of Jobs for Americans Jobs, jobs, jobs and the lack thereof has been one of the hot topics in the presidential election. What is rarely discussed is the fact that there are 3.7 million jobs actually available. This article explains some of the reasons why these jobs will continue to go unfilled unless changes are made.