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How to Find a Job in a Tough Economy

Updated on October 1, 2014
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Angela Kane is the Senior Customer Support Representative of HEA. HEA provides free access to legitimate work from home jobs and resources.


Finding Jobs in a Tough Economy

Today’s job market is extremely tough. Thousands of jobs have left and they are never coming back. Many people are lost; they are in a vicious cycle of attending job fairs, putting in applications, and fine tuning their resumes without any progress. Some people have become so hopeless that they have actually decided to give up. They have come to the conclusion that there are no jobs and they have done all that they can do. However bleak the job market outlook, there are actually jobs to be had and they are well paying. A person just has to know how to attract a company’s attention. In order to attract a potential employer’s attention and standout from the crowd, a jobs seeker must be willing to do three things. A job seeker must be willing to change how they market themselves, be willing to add to their job skills, and be willing to take a job in any career field.


Job Seeking Using Social Media

Many people look for jobs the traditional way. They fill out applications, answer ads or walk-in and hand their resume to the receptionist. These methods still work however; they are not going to be the most effective. A Job seeker must take advantage of today’s technology and resources. A job seeker that is serious about finding employment must create social media accounts and post their skills and talents to social media webpages such as Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, and Twitter to name a few. Social media websites are great places to let employers know a person’s skills and talents. These websites are highly trafficked by both companies and individuals. A job seeker will definitely get maximum exposure and marketability by using just one of these websites. All three accounts mentioned are free to open and easy to use. A job seeker can also use career websites to market themselves for free. CareerBuilder, Monster, and LinkedIn all allow you to post resumes for prospective employers to view immediately, greatly increase a job seeker’s chance in finding employment. Another factor that will help a job seeker is their skills.


Adding and Upgrading Job Experience

A person looking for a job in today’s economy must have good skills. They must be willing to add to and upgrade their current skill set. A job seeker can do this by taking classes at a community college, a university, a vocational school, or by taking courses online. Also any one unemployed can contact their local unemployment office because they offer free training to help job seekers to gain employment again. Additional skills and upgraded skills will help make a better impression on prospective employers and will help a job seeker to outrank other applicants who have fewer skills. Even though skills are important; there is still just one more step that is needed to make a person more attractive to employers and help them land a job in this economy. And that step is being willing to change career field. Upgrading your job experience is one of the best things you can do increase your chances of finding employment. More and more classes and courses can be taken online or in your free time so you no longer have to change your schedule or begin from the beginning to get additional experience.


Think Outside the Box

What keeps a lot of the new jobs unoccupied is the fact that job seekers are not applying for them. Many job seers are looking for positions that they formerly held but this is going to keep them in the unemployment line. Certain types of jobs are leaving and they are never coming back. However, there are new jobs being created each day. A person must be willing to go down a new career path in order to gain a foot in the job market and become employed once again. If for whatever you reason you are having trouble finding a job, keep trying different things to get the employer's attention, you can find excellent tips on the Internet.

The information above is not inclusive because the job market is changing so drastically. However, the information provided is an excellent start for a person becoming successfully employed. The key is a job seeker must never give up and use all of the technology, resources and advice available to them in order to gain new employment. Millions of job seekers have been successful by just being vigilant until they find what they are seeking.

We have thousands of job seekers every month that search our job listings. Many find it hard to get a decent paying job. We provide them tips and information to help them succeed and to get them the job they desire. The current job market is competitive and job seekers will need a lot patience.

Written by S. Marie Surles (Owner of


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    • poetryman6969 profile image


      3 years ago

      Some folks are still having a tough time finding a job. I hear there are discouraged people who may have stopped looking. It might be helpful for them to know that most regions have management or sales jobs. Often there are entry level or trainee slots available in these fields. Any of the popular job search engines such as Indeed or Monster can help a job seeker find these jobs.

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      Sherri Tuck 

      5 years ago from Virginia

      My husband has been laid off twice during the past six years. I have helped him with his job search both times and both times have been a struggle. We would spend hours on the computer searching for jobs and sending online applications. We were lucky because some people in our community do not have Internet access. Imagine what it would be like to do a job search without the Internet.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      I hadn't thought of using social media before, but it makes sense!

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      You have made some very good points with regard to job searching and using every current means possible in which to locate another job. Young people starting out today had better get good educations and be flexible enough to keep learning new things because many of them will probably hold an assortment of jobs prior to their ever retiring. Up and useful votes.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Helpful points here, job search can be successful with these tips.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Good advice. I'll definitely employ them.

    • ReneeDC1979 profile image

      Renee' D. Campbell 

      6 years ago from Gaithersburg, Maryland

      Nice hub - great points about job hunting, etc. Keep hubbing!

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      Caroline Marie 

      6 years ago

      Great hub. I completely agree. I get most of my design jobs from social media. In times of change, we must change. Voted up! :)

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 

      6 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Hi Angela,

      With the hardest task of finding a job these days, your tips here are very useful. I agree with you, we have to break away from the traditional ways of finding a job and use other means such as social media. I believe social media is powerful tool and if used effectively it can deliver beyond expectations. Thanks for sharing these tips, voted up, useful and i have to share this with followers.

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      shalini sharan 

      6 years ago from Delhi

      this is a really informative hub, finding job has indeed become difficult, sharing it

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      Dave Rogers 

      6 years ago from New York

      Very good info, many people that i have seen waits on unemployment before they look for work but i also know many that started their own business after they became unemployed. i guess to some losing their job is a blessing in disguise... some... thanks for the information :)

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      Wonderful hub topic and so useful in knowing what you are up against in today's employment search. I believe that being a part of Social Media is crucial in networking and does pay off if you are determined. Thanks for the advice.

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      6 years ago from Melbourne

      Very true. My little two cents would be something similar to what Robert Kiosaki says, "To make real money, you must be the bank"

      So in translation, start up your own business in your down time.

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      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, I totally agree with you on this subject, the idea of using Twitter and Facebook etc is an excellent way of putting yourself out there. As I always say, if you can't go to it, go around it, very nicely put. I am actually looking for a job again, so I will bookmark this and come back for your excellent advice, rated up! cheers nell

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      Max Havlick 

      7 years ago from Villa Park, Illinois

      I agree with your other commenters, Ms. Kane, here you do indeed provide useful and current information. You take seriously the fact that unemployed people today face challenges unknown even a few years ago, but also new opportunities (as on free social networking sites you mentioned) for direct exposure to potential employers.

      This is a vast field, but three ideas I'd add: (1) you should not wait till you're unemployed to start looking for your next job, (2) you can use your own free website to enhance your professional standing via a greater array of your own materials, and (3) added to skill training, keep current on at least one major academic subject with serious, continuing adult education. Much of what we learned in our special subjects years ago no longer applies like it once did, but specific knowledge in any major field is as useful at work today as ever.

      Best wishes in your work helping the unemployed.

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      7 years ago from USA

      Excellent Angela, very important topic is covered. Online job searching is very good weapon nowadays. It is very fast and provides wide range of selection. Old traditional technique is not effective now. This traditional older way is long and not providing good selection of jobs because scope is very limited. Nice sharing and Appreciate for same.

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      7 years ago

      hit a lot of good points here Angela. It is pretty tough, some guy made a video in the theme of an advertisement to promote himself, it was a hit and he got a great job. So I think skill and thinking out side the box will push your resume.


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