The problem hundreds of thousands of people are having right now is how to get a good job in a bad economy. Last month, more than 650,000 people in the US lost their jobs. Most of them will be now looking for a new job but, in a bad economy, how easy is it to find a good job? Actually, depending on how much effort you put in, it is possible to find a good job. Even when the economy is very bad. Certain strategies need to be followed however and, before you know it, you’ll have a good job. You may even be surprised when your new job is better than your old one.
Send Out Many Resumes – In a good economy, you normally need to send out between 15 and 20 resumes to get one company to call you in for an interview. In a bad economy, you’ll have to send out more. So, when you find out that you’ve been laid off, the first thing you should do is buy a newspaper and look in the classifieds section. Then send out resumes to every company that has a job vacancy you are qualified for. Once you’ve done this, get on the internet and do a search for job sites and send out resumes to any company you’re interested in working for. Finally, go through your local phone book and send a resume to the Human Resources department of any company that might have upcoming jobs in the area you’re qualified in. By the time you’ve finished, you should have sent out at least 200 to 300 resumes. It sounds like a lot but, with that kind of volume, even in a bad economy you should get two or three good job interviews, maybe more.
Get Business Cards Made – A great tip for finding a new job in a bad economy is to make sure you have your own business cards made up. You can get free business cards online, or you can get inexpensive ones at a local printers or at several online websites. Have at least 500 business cards made, as you’re going to give one to everyone who asks you what you do. Surprisingly, that can be three or four people a day or more, so 500 business cards probably won’t even last you that long.
Network – Another must do when you’re looking for a good job in a bad economy is to start networking. Look in your local newspaper or on the internet and find the dates of upcoming community events, business lunches, small business association meetings – pretty much any kind of meeting where you might meet people who can help you find a new job. Then go to all of them! Even if you have to pay a small fee for a luncheon, a $10 fee will not only get you a nice lunch, but it will also give you an opportunity to meet business people who may just be looking for a person like you to fill a vacant position. When you go though, remember to mingle. Walk around, introduce yourself to as many people as possible, enjoy interesting conversations and, when anyone asks what you do, reply “Actually, I was just laid off and I’m job hunting.” Then explain what type of job you’re looking for and give them a business card, asking them to call you if they hear of anything. Most people will be more than happy to pass on a job tip to someone who asks politely, but isn’t too pushy.
Make At Least Five to Ten Networking Calls Every Day – Make sure you call at least five to ten businesses, business organizations or friends every day, telling them you are job hunting and asking them if they know of any job in the field you’re interested in. Even in a bad economy, people still hear about job vacancies and you might just be lucky enough to call the right person soon after they hear of one.
Volunteer – Surprisingly, very few people think about volunteering when they are unemployed. I’ve ended up with two full-time jobs because I volunteered at non-profits that needed somebody. Volunteering is actually great for two things. It gets you out of the house and meeting people when, otherwise, you might start to get depressed. It also gives you yet another opportunity to apply for a full-time position at that non-profit and to network with people who work or volunteer there.
Wow Them At Interviews – When you do get a job interview, make sure you do everything you can to prepare for it. Get your clothing ready the night before so you don’t leave the house late and make sure your clothes are immaculate. Get your hair cut a couple of days before if possible, so you’ll make a perfect first impression. Do research about the company so you can answer any question they throw at you satisfactorily. Practice possible interview questions and make up a couple of questions of your own, so you sound informed and intelligent. Finally, don’t look desperate when you get there. Sure, tell them you were laid off but also make sure they realize you have interviews at other companies (even if you don’t!) so, if they like you, they feel the need to snap you up before somebody else does.
Overall, getting a good job in a bad economy just requires you to work every day like you still have a full-time job. The worst thing you can do is wait until your unemployment runs out before you start looking. Start looking on your first day of unemployment and you’ll likely be gainfully employed again within a few weeks of starting your job search. And finally, don’t forget, any company would be lucky to get you – good luck!