Job Hunting During a Recession

Searching for a job is a job in itself. The preparations, contacts, applications and interviews can be time consuming and exhausting. This is especially true in a recession where fewer jobs are available for an excessive number of job seekers. However, developing your job search "A" game might just give you the edge you need over a competing job applicant. Here are some tips to get you moving toward a new job and brighter future.


Take a good look at yourself in the mirror. Your reflection is exactly what a potential employer sees when you're interviewing for a job. If you need to update your personal appearance or get a haircut, don't delay in making those changes. Reflect on your inner physical and emotional health as well. Make sure you eat a well-balanced diet, get your Z's and keep yourself hydrated and fit. Fulfilling a spiritual void and taking time for relaxation can have a positive effect on your overall well-being.


Review your resume for outdated information and references and assess your strengths and weaknesses. Updating your resume with newly acquired skills, education, awards or recent job experiences may be just what an employer is looking for. Don't forget to include church, civic and other volunteer experiences you've been involved with. For example, serving as a Scout leader incorporates the use of organizational, motivational and leadership skills. Volunteer opportunities might have a significant, positive impact on a potential employer.


Jot down some long- and short-term job goals for yourself and the required education and skills needed to attain them. For instance, if you see yourself as a professional chef in five years, do some research to inquire about additional schooling or skills you may need. Make an appointment with a career counselor at a local college to consult with him about your future career. Meanwhile, apply for part-time restaurant jobs to gain a working knowledge and provide needed income while you're taking classes. Stating professional career goals on your resume to align with jobs your're applying for might influence a future employer to hire you over another applicant.


Refresh, update or acquire skills related to your long-term career goals. Online courses provide an ideal way to study on a somewhat flexible schedule. Community, private and state colleges offer assorted certifications and degrees to equip you with better qualifications for acquiring a job. These can help you to "stand out" among other job applicants now and later.


Business and social networking on established social networks, posting your resume to credible job search websites, and contacting former work colleagues provide job hunting resources. A seasonal or freelance job could even network into additional job possibilities.

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