So how do you find a job during slow economic times? It can be done. There are job openings out there. But job openings are harder to find. With more people looking for a job compared with a few years ago, the competition can be fierce.
When the economy slows down and more people are unemployed, some companies get so many resumes and applications for job openings that they become overwhelmed. One job opening can produce dozens if not hundreds of applicants. During a recession, businesses may limit how they announce their job openings to help reduce the number of applications and resumes they receive. Others stop posting their job announcements altogether and rely on word of mouth and networking to bring in job applicants.
This is a good time to get those creative juices flowing. Never searched the Internet for jobs? Now is the time. Never been on a social networking site? No better time than the present. Never talked to your relatives, neighbors, or others about your job search? You get the idea. You may need to dig deep to find job openings.
Another tip - look for industries that are expected to grow and add jobs, not industries that are laying off a large number of workers. Working in an industry that is expected to grow increases your chances of landing a new job and decreases your chances of getting laid off again.
Keep your resume out of the recycling container. Remember, your resume is a marketing tool. It is a ticket to get your foot in the door. Don't make silly errors. After putting all that effort into your resume, it would be a shame for it to be rejected because of a spelling or grammatical error. Look at resume examples like those in this magazine for hints and tips on what to include, what not to include, and the best resume format for your situation.
Be flexible. Reconsider your criteria for your next job. Can you be more flexible regarding where the job is located, what the job pays, how many hours you want to work, or the type of work you want to do? Increasing your flexibility may open more doors.
Be realistic and patient. Finding a job usually doesn't happen overnight. It can take a little longer during a recession. Many people choose this time to upgrade their skills by taking classes, learning a new craft, or delving deeper into a hobby.
Finally, stay positive. Look at the bright side of your situation. And take advantage of all opportunities that come your way.