Are you job hunting during a recession? The economy has been in a slump, so finding a new job isn’t easy. But there are things you can do to improve your chances of landing that dream job.
Here’s how to find the right job when there are few available positions
Job hunting during a recession can feel discouraging and you might think that no one will hire you. But there are ways to make yourself more attractive to potential employers. First, take some time to update your resume. Make sure it includes everything you’ve done since graduation. You should also consider updating your LinkedIn profile with any relevant skills or certifications. Finally, keep an eye out for opportunities at local businesses. Many companies are hiring during tough times because they need to cut costs. So even though you may not be qualified for the position, you might be able to work as a temp or contractor until a permanent opening becomes available.
Know Your Worth
Second, find out what kind of job you want. Do you want a full-time job or do you just want something part-time? Do you want to work for a company or do you prefer freelance work? Once you know what you want, start researching different career options. Look up the salary ranges for each type of job so you can see how much money you’ll earn. Then, use online tools such as Glassdoor.com to compare salaries across industries and locations. This will help you determine whether you can afford to live where you want to live.
Build Your Resume
Third, build your resume. You should tailor your resume to fit the position you’re applying for. Include relevant skills and experiences that match the requirements of the job. If you’re applying for an entry-level position, make sure you highlight any previous training or education you’ve received.
Job hunting during a recession means you can’t afford to take any unnecessary risks. Double-check your resume’s format to make sure it fits your situation. If you’ve just graduated from college, you will use a different format than someone who has been in the workforce for some time. Use our full breakdown of resume formats and choose which one fits your situation.
Be Prepared For Interviews
If you’re applying for a job during a recession, you’ll need to be prepared for interviews. You should research the company before going into an interview so you can ask questions that will help you stand out. Also, make sure you dress appropriately for the position you’re interviewing for.
Be sure to check out our tips on what stories you need for your job interview and how to answer the most common job interview questions.
Most people are sympathetic when they find out you are job hunting during a recession. Many people can find work through networking, but it requires having a healthy network. It requires a healthy investment in the relationship from both people. Reach out to your contacts for a referral and reference, since referrals can get you much further than a cold application.
Focus on What You Can Control
Finding work during a recession can feel daunting, but you will succeed by sticking to your strategy and being patient. Keep your skills as up-to-date as possible, network, and focus on your end goal. You may feel frustration and experience burnout, so it’s important to take care of your mental, physical, and emotional health. Be patient as you look for your next opportunity.
Consider Temporary Work
Staffing agencies offer temporary work as well as temporary to permanent positions. Companies will often hire temporary workers before making decisions about hiring permanent employees. Contract work can offer you both a paycheck and add to your resume. You may be able to pick up new skills, that you can then add to your resume, expanding your skill set.
If you’re looking for work, we’re hiring! NESC Staffing has an A+ grade from the Better Business Bureau, was awarded by Forbes as America’s Best Recruiting and Temporary Staffing Firm, and has successfully put people to work since 1984. You can see all our job openings or send us your resume at nesc.com.