It's Time to Re-Energize Your Job-Search Efforts

By Jeremy Greenfield and Kyle Stock

Strong job-growth numbers in February and a slight dip in unemployment should encourage people to restart the job search -- especially in the temporary job market. The unemployment rate fell to 8.9 percent, as the private sector added 222,000 jobs, according to today's report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

"Today you heard a big sigh of relief in a lot of places: on Wall Street, in the Obama administration and from people who are out of work," said John Challenger, chief executive of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, a Chicago-based outplacement firm. "If you let your job search slip a little, it's time to re-energize your efforts."