Looking for a job during a recession or a drastic market change is a difficult challenge but it can be done. The market is drying up, the competition is fierce and on top of this your confidence may be low. Below are some tips on how to pick yourself up and keep on fighting for your dream role.
1) The first thing you need to do is stop for a moment and acknowledge that your situation has changed, which means you need to think differently. It is easier to adapt to your new circumstances when you accept the change. Plus often change works out better in the long run.
4) When doing your searches, spend some time filtering by employer only posts, so you can apply directly. This will also give you the opportunity to email or call the HR manager and ask any questions you may have about the role (and stand out of the crowd at the same time).
2) The next step is to analyse the market, your skills and emerging trends in the industry. Read any specialist blogs or articles that you can find to make a thorough assessment. Find out what the critics and experts say about future trends for next year. The more you know, the more you know to shape your CV or prepare for small talk at the start of an interview.
3) Now you have an holistic view of your career search you can narrow down your options and consider any changes you need to make. This could mean applying for jobs with a slightly different job title or sector, or even learning a new skill or specific software.
5) Don’t forget to mobilise your LinkedIn profile! Most of us have an account but we rarely ultilise it. Refresh your profile, ask former colleagues and clients for recommendations and post some content (even if it is just some industry news) a couple times a week. This will help to increase your reach and make your profile more engaging when recruiters or HR managers view it.