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The U.S. has celebrated Labor Day since 1882. It was originally intended to recognize laborers throughout our great nation.

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Most people now celebrate Labor Day as the end of summer. For many, it's more about barbecues, parades and the beginning of football season!

Still, it's good to remember why the holiday was originally celebrated. After all, we work hard. We deserve a day off to celebrate our efforts and achievements.

Sadly, nearly 13 million Americans are out of work this Labor Day. The national unemployment rate of 8.3 percent has hardly budged in 2012.

If you are among those navigating this harsh job market, I've scoured the Web for resources that can help.

Here are some inside tips for landing your dream job and finding legitimate work-from-home opportunities. You might even want to look into starting your own business!

First impressions
In a job search, making a great first impression is essential. It all starts with an eye-catching résumé.

Resumesimo offers high-quality templates that take no more than 10 minutes to fill out. It can even import data from your social network profiles.

PdfCV is another excellent free service to try for creating a high-quality résumé or curriculum vitae.

Polish your online reputation
Before you get too far on sending out those résumés, it's a good idea to assess your online reputation. You can bet that potential employers will do the same thing.

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