The most recent recession is mostly over and jobs are becoming available again, but this doesn’t mean it’s the end. If another recession was to occur, would you be prepared to look for a new job? This is typically the worst time to find employment and you may be at risk of losing your job, but this doesn’t mean you can’t find another one. The following includes tips for finding a job during a recession or difficult economic times.
Research Industry Data
If you’re still considering what direction to go career wise, take a look at the current industry data. Try to find industries where there is still a worker shortage and aim for those types of jobs. First look for jobs in demand you’re qualified for, but don’t hesitate to get educational experience in order to get one of these jobs. For example, nursing is always high in demand. It’s never too late to go to school for nursing and get a job post-recession when competition is still fierce.
Improve your Skills
Before looking for a job, freshen up your work skills by taking online courses, classes at a local community college, or learning the newer versions of various computer programs and systems. This can put you ahead of some other applicants who haven’t taken the time to adapt and learn new things.
You may not be able to get a permanent, full time position right away but it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t apply. Try to get any kind of work you can during a recession, whether it means short-term contracts from a temp agency, part time work or even working as a freelancer. This gets your foot in the door of a reputable company, gives you valuable work experience, and can even catch the attention of your supervisor. In time, they are more willing to hire you as a full time, permanent employee.
Utilize Social Networking
Many employers are looking to social networking for recruiting applicants so you should be signed up to all the popular ones. This includes LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. Keep an eye on companies’ Facebook and Twitter profiles to see if they’re listing available jobs; you can be one of the first to apply for them. Create a detailed and professional LinkedIn profile that lists your education and experience to catch the eye of hiring managers. When using social media, keep in mind employers will look closely at your profile so you should remain professional and behave appropriately.