Fortunately, times are good so jobs are aplenty at the moment. However, when the economy turns (as everything is cyclical in business), it’s best to be prepared to look for a job even when still employed.
Here ate ten tips for job searching during a recession:
Tip One: You need to understand that you may have to take a lower pay than your previous salary. You may have less money than u used to make, but the new job is stable and will not leave you with an empty hand. Once you understand that your salary may be lower than you are used to, it’s time to start to market yourself.
Tip Two: A great start is looking into college credits. No matter what, if a company is split between two potential employees, they will most likely choose the candidate with more college credits. This is because they will want the more educated to fill their open positions. If you are not in the financial position to obtain more college credits, try looking into a position that the credits you do have carry weight.
Tip Three: If you find that you are getting turned down for the jobs you are qualified for, try applying for a job that you are over-qualified for. You will look very appealing to the employer and when the economy gets better, you will fly right up that corporate ladder.
Tip Four: While doing your career search, apply for a job, that is, something to give you a source of income while you look for a career. Career searching may take a while, and you will need to make money while you look. Get a job that will get you by. It may not be what you want to do, but for now, you will just need money.
Tip Five: Yes, searching on the internet may be very effective, but do not forget other mediums of job advertisement. Newspapers may have many job listings n them for local people. The newspaper gives a very targeted place for employers in the area to find local job searchers. If you have a specific career in mind, you may find that walking in to a business and asking them if they are hiring to be very effective. Some employers may not have their advertisements out yet or you may have missed them. Also, do not forget to keep your eye out for Help Wanted Signs.
Tip Six: Be sure your resume is up to date. This goes without saying, but include all of your previous employers on your resume. All experience is good experience. Also, be sure to include anything that you have done in the past, from sports in high school to current volunteer work. Everything like this looks good on a resume. It shows commitment and personality.
Tip Seven: Be sure to freshen up on the skills you do have and skills that are important in the field you want. If you want a career that requires computer skills, be sure you know the newest versions of popular word processors and spreadsheet programs. Even if your career is not computer focused, these skills are very attractive to most careers.
Tip Eight: Know the industry. Look into current data and forecasts on the job market in that field. Knowing where the field you want is going will help you decide on what to look for.
Tip Nine: Use social networking sites such as Facebook.com and MySpace.com. Use these sites to post your resume, as well as search for local businesses that are looking for employees. You would be surprised how many job postings there are on these social networking sites. A word of caution: you potential employer may look at these sites to find out more about you, so be careful of what you post on them.
Tip Ten: When you land that interview, try to convey that you will make the company money. Convey that you are a strong asset to have within the company, and will bring the company money. After all, that’s what a business does.
With a little patience and some ingenuity, you can land that job of your dreams, even in an economic downturn.