4 Job Search Tips during Recession

4 Job Search Tips during RecessionA global crisis such as the one brought about by the Coronavirus pandemic turns out to be one of the most challenging times to look for a job. Indeed, this health scare has caused a mass hysteria across the world as it hasn’t only been affecting health and taking lives but it has also created a significant economic impact on companies and businesses. An increasing number of workers being laid off and recession is being predicted by the economists. But what happens when you’re in the middle of a job search? How do you navigate the job search process during the off season? It may be daunting to continue the job hunt but don’t panic. Here are a few tips to help you go through the process.

 

Get yourself ready for the job search
Like you would get ready even when there’s no Coronavirus pandemic, the job search process requires adequate preparation. This means that you still have to work on getting your resume updated. Also update your Linkedin profile especially if you haven’t tweaked it in a while. More importantly, take time to write a cover letter as this will help increase your chances of getting noticed and hired.

Take time to research about the job market
While most companies take the hit from the recession, not everyone is affected the same way. Try to shift your focus on the growth industries and the ones that are recession-proof. This means that you have to go back to what people fundamentally need regardless of the season and the country’s economic status. Examples are food and healthcare services.

If there’s one thing, though, that job seekers need to bear in mind, it is that you should never assume that your industry isn’t hiring. So go ahead and submit that application.

Build your online network
Social gatherings and events may be fewer in the middle of a recession but it doesn’t mean your networking game is over. Thanks to the internet, you still have an excellent means to build and grow your network.

Leverage Facebook and LinkedIn and join professional groups you can find in these platforms. Look for the ones related in your field or industry. Don’t hesitate to engage by commenting, posting and joining in the conversations. If there are also articles relevant in your field of expertise that are worth sharing, go ahead and share them away. This is how you’ll make yourself visible.

Consider job opportunities you can do remotely
If you have been looking for the kind of employment with a regular office setup, now is the time to consider working remotely especially when you need work to stand as your source of income amidst the economic crisis.


Looking for a job is already challenging in itself and a global crisis can only make matters worse. But don’t worry. With a few helpful strategies and a little creativity, you can still find yourself a job that can help sustain you financially during the tough times.

 

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Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 80,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.