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How to get a job during an economic downturn

It’s never fun to say it but with the havoc that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused, we are in an economic downturn. That may mean that you have seen reduced hours at your job, maybe your employer has cut your pay somewhat, or you may have been furloughed.

All hope is not lost, though. Jobs – even during an economic downturn – are out there. 

How can I find a job?

One surefire place to look for jobs is your state department of labor’s website. These websites typically feature countless jobs in businesses or industries which may not immediately be thought of by jobseekers. In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, many essential businesses are hiring and paying quite well. These jobs do sometimes have risks associated with them but with proper protection and hygiene, these jobs can make for an excellent stop-gap until the economy is back at full-strength. 

What tips are there?

Choose your target

Rather than searching for jobs without a particular goal in mind, find a target. Follow your interests and your talents. Choose companies that you’re interested in and don’t be afraid to apply to a job which you consider to be on the fringe of your skill set. Many employers are looking for prospects which can grow into certain roles.

Utilize your network

The old adage of “It’s not what you know but who you know” may prove correct. Talk to recent and past co-workers to see if people in their networks are hiring. No matter what you think, your network is likely far larger than you might believe.

Consider growth industries

When one industry is down, others may very well be booming. Looking outside of your comfort zone is never easy but uncovering a potential new job in a new industry can be truly exciting. 

Sell yourself

Tout your experience and knowledge. Don’t be afraid to talk up your “fringe” skills and how those have grown over the years. Additionally, do your homework. Learn about the companies which you are applying at. When it comes time for a face to face interview, the hiring manager will appreciate that you’ve gone the extra mile to learn about them.

Consider freelancing

While your current job may be flush with benefits, the freelance economy can be a great way to keep your bills paid. Remember your ultimate goal, though, and don’t lose focus of your goal of landing a new full-time gig.

Take temporary work

Staffing agencies always have jobs available. Trying something new has rewards and these jobs do pay well. They are also an excellent way to keep those bills paid until you find a new full-time job.

Focus on the small things

Pay attention to details when applying to full-time jobs. Be sure to tailor your resume and cover letter to each position so that it addresses the skills necessary for that particular job. Don’t forget to follow up with a thank you note or email after an interview. Those personal touches will make you stand out from the crowd.

Stay positive

Having to look for a new job is never easy but it is an excellent opportunity to come out ahead in salary and benefits. Remember that ever with a 10% employment rate, 90% of people are still employed. Your odds are very good. Keep your head up and search smart, the right job is out there!

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