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Best Tips for Finding a Job in the Current Economy

Updated on July 1, 2012

Job search is a daunting process. Everyone that has been though it- especially since 2008- can certainly agree. Depending on the economy, the location, the time of the year, the demand for the jobs in the desired market and the appeal of one’s credentials, one is in for a long waiting-game that can really shatter one’s perception of being a competitive candidate. The applying-without-responses circumstance can almost dissuade one from following the dream profession that one has been working towards with specific credentials. But, the correlation between the waiting time and one’s credentials is actually a myth…in this economy, there are too many elements to weigh in that account for luck or lack-there-of of landing that desirable gig. I have gone through so many job-searches in my post-graduation time (as a means of getting work and life experience and exploring careers before graduate school), but by far, the job search of 2011-2012 holds the award for the most absurd and unpredictable one. This is what I learned from the arduous wait and what others can likewise do to better their chances of being employed in 2012. Good luck to all and may job fortune be with you!

1) Networking accounts for (in my experience) most of the job-search success.

If there is one piece of advice that I hold to greatest esteem when it comes to job search, it is to network continuously. It is, indeed, “the” method that got me interviews. Start by thinking of all people that know other people, especially in your field- uncles, cousins, friends, former teachers, and former co-workers- and contact them all. Tell them you are looking for a job, what kind of job you want and what you want to do in your career. Send them your resume and urge them to spread it around like wild-fire to everyone they know. This will help tremendously! Keep letting them know from time to time that you are still looking and your urgency will keep them motivated to help you.

2) Work with recruiters.

Temp jobs are a great way to make income and gain work experience (not to mention, sample jobs) that will enrich your resume and your network of contacts. Temp jobs can even lead to a full-time job (depending on the nature of the contract), and many employers in this economy actually prefer to employ workers as temps. It gives them flexibility to sample talent before hiring (no commitment to the employee) and to save the company’s budget by paying hourly without benefits.

3) Find staff members with the position you want to have in the organizations that you like and ask for advice (offer to treat them to coffee and talk to them). Have them keep you in mind for any future positions in the organization, and continue to keep in touch.

By contacting people directly, you maximize your chances of being noticed. HR departments are constantly flooded with applications and barely look at a fraction of them. Big organizations also have resume/cover-letter screening software that singles out those applications with the most key words used for what the job specified it was looking for in a candidate. Make sure you emphasize those key-words posted in the “desired qualifications” section. Strategy and presentation go a long way. Also, it is to one’s advantage to apply within days of a job posting. Usually, organizations get overwhelming amount of applications, so they are less likely to look at number “688” as oppose to, say “22”.

***I hope these tips were helpful. Please feel free to ask me any questions- I would be very happy to offer extra tips or advice!


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