Recession Job Search Tips

Employment opportunities can be hard enough to find in a normal economy, but darned near impossible during a recession. Here are ten helpful hints that can make searching for jobs in a recession easier and assist you in your search for the right job during tough times.

SEARCH CLOSE TO HOME — Many employers will find the fact that you live close to work, appealing. The closer you live means the less time it will take you to get to work, fewer transportation issues, not to mention they won’t have to pay for relocation costs.

DON’T FEAR REJECTION — This is not the time to worry about putting yourself out there. Expect some disappointment but don’t let it get you down.

UTILIZE FRIENDS & FAMILY — It’s often who you know, not what you know. Having an “in” at a company can pay off not only by finding you a job, but by way of a possible bonus the person who referred you.

THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX — Not every job has to be 40-hours a week, 9-5 office work, or a role in which you have years of experience. Try something new, you may find it’s better than your previous work.

TAKE A PAY CUT — While this should not be an expectation while job searching, it should be a reality. Don’t go into an interview saying you’ll work for peanuts, but at the same time, you shouldn’t be expecting to be handed the world right now when it comes to pay and benefits.

DON’T SELL YOURSELF SHORT — Just because you might be hurting for work, don’t let your desperation become evident to an interviewer. This will give the prospective employer the upper hand.

BE WILLING TO GO THE EXTRA MILE — Accepting extra work, longer hours, and special projects, might just elevate you above other candidates.

KEEP YOUR RESUME UPDATED — Being able to jump on an opportunity as soon as it arises is important in an atmosphere where multiple candidates are most likely lurking for every open position.

PERONALIZE COVER LETTERS — Molding your cover letter to present facts about a specific organization informs them that you are serious about employment and have taken the time to learn about their company.

BE PROFESSIONAL — We have to get back to basics. So dust off your old interview suit, go out and get a haircut, and practice speaking clearly, confidently and concisely. Even minor adjustments can make a huge difference when it comes to making a first impression during a job search in a recession.