Job searching is never easy no matter what type of economy the country is facing. When times are tough economically the search may be more complicated simply because of the sheer number of people joining you in your search for a job. Do not lose hope because there are some things you can do to tip the scale in your favor.
In order to tip the scale in your favor regarding landing the job you are seeking it is important to learn the following job-seeking tips:
Look wide instead of concentrating on a narrow job search pattern.
Typically job seekers receive advice to narrow the search to include career goals or job preferences. This advice does not apply however when the economy is difficult because more options means a higher job availability and this is what any job-seeker wants when obtaining a job is difficult.
There are many industries and geographic locations that should be on your possibilities list when it comes to seeking a job. The more options open to you the better your chance of receiving a job offer.
You may need to be prepared to move to a new location where a job is available to you. Certain locations have better job outlooks than others and should be considered when the economic climate closes job opportunities to certain areas of the country.
Many industries have job opportunities even in difficult economic times. These industries include the healthcare field, positions in the education field, and jobs associated with “going green” such as working with solar panel installation or any position where companies are looking to improve energy efficiency, conduct energy research or facilitate renewable energy sources. Any job in the energy sector is worth investigating because of the potential for future growth. Government jobs such as working for federal agencies like the Social Security Administration, the Food & Drug Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency or any agency of the federal government located in your local area. These opportunities will become more readily available as thousands of federal government employees reach retirement age. The federal government will also be adding jobs as part of the economic stimulus plan so apply now for the openings soon to be available.
Do not discard the potential of temporary work as many have used these positions to springboard into permanent positions. Although these temp positions are low paying for the most part they are a “foot in the door” for a company that may only hire from within. A temp taking the initiative to show how valuable they can be to the company may earn a coveted position as a permanent employee by being a model temporary employee first. Temporary jobs are also an excellent way to learn new skills that can increase your marketability for higher paying positions. Temporary jobs are also a good way to build a resume’.
Brittany, L and Glover (2009). Job Search Tips for a Jobless Recovery. Retrieved from http://www.businessweek.com/bschools/content/jul2009/bs20090720_665930.htm