Increase your chances of landing a job despite the odds
Finding a job in tough economy can be challenging but despite the bleak situation, there is always a possibility that you can land a great paying job – if you know what to do. So, how can you beat the odds? How can you find a rewarding job and keep it? If you are desperately looking for the answers to these questions, here are some suggestions you will definitely find useful.
Be a lot smarter. The process of job hunting is very much the same during good and bad times. The only difference is that you need to work a lot smarter and use a more creative approach in looking for a job in a bad economy.
To do this, you may need to update your resume to highlight how you managed to survive during the recent economic slump and maximize your efforts of expanding your network. You may likewise need to act fast by sending a well-crafted resume as soon as you learn of a lucrative job opportunity and/or by returning calls from possible future employers immediately. Sending thank-you notes after an interview may likewise increase your chances of getting noticed so you should also consider adding it to your job hunting to-do list. Needless to say, these small changes can definitely create a lasting impression and may actually enhance your chances of landing a job quite considerably.
Cast a wider net. If you desperately want to find a job, you should consider doing things differently. Don't rely on finding jobs via online job boards that you usually visit by using the same keywords or by attending the same networking events with the same people over and over again. You can't expect to see different results by doing the same things repeatedly.
If you are serious about finding a job in a tough economy such as ours, you need to try new strategies and put a creative spin on what you had been doing previously. This means you may need to attend networking events in a different town or in totally new industries or use new keywords in searching for jobs online.
Make the big move. If you cannot find jobs in your city or in your industry, consider moving in to a city or an industry with lots of available job opportunities. You may not believe it but there are cities and industries that are flourishing despite the economic downturn. You may even consider starting a small business or freelancing on the side to earn some money while looking for a new job. Who knows? This may even lead to a new and more rewarding career path.
Always remember that you can successfully find a job no matter how bad the economy is if you have the will to make it work.