We can guarantee you one thing: there is a job out there someplace for you. It just may take a lot of work to find it. And you may have to go through a period of settling for less than you want or think you’re worth. But out of those forced decisions can come unforeseen opportunity.
For some advice on how to start looking, we like How to Find a Job when there are none around:
” If you cannot see something it does not mean it is not there; it only means that you have to try harder and perhaps with a different vision to find the unseen.
If you are in a layoff as a result of the economic downturn; then you will benefit from these tips on how to find a job when there is a hiring freeze everywhere and the companies are getting our of business left and right.
Network to Penetrate the Unpublished Job Market
Where all to look for jobs, when there are none being advertised? The answer is: Do your research and the answer shall come to you.
- Read newspapers, trade magazines, journals, BLS website (this is the US Bureau of Labor Statistics and would be different statistics if you are not in US). What are the current industry trends? Where all is the funding money being channeled? These could towards the new solar development companies or other green-tech; there might be many unadvertised jobs here and all you have to do is first find out which ones could be the ones to apply for and how.
- Research and find out which companies are showing good profits and sales increase in the tough economy; they could be the ones looking for hiring new employees since money is not a constraint with them.
- Research to find which companies are launching new products and there is a possibility that the project teams could be expanding.
- There could be some jobs that are recession proof, perhaps there could be the right job for you where you can channel or re-package your skills. (Read more at: Best Jobs to have during Recession )
Use your Current Skills to Freelance
It wonâ€™t bring in the same money that you might be getting as a full-time job but when paying your bills and taking care of a family are the priorities then any additional income is welcome. Also make sure that you spend say about 40 percent of your â€œworkâ€ time in freelancing and rest of the time in networking with friends and ex-colleagues on any possible job openings leads and enhancing your skills.
Think About Relocating
Many good corporate jobs are moving overseas, there have been many reports during the last few months where companies in India and China have offered good positions to those laid off from Lehman and others affected from the Wall Street roller coaster debacles. Asian economies are growing and many companies are eager to absorb these globally experienced professionals.
An international experience would only enhance your portfolio and there is always a possibility to return to your native land when the going gets good.”
( For the entire post go to How to Find a Job when there are none around)
If Relocating Doesn’t Sound Like A Good Idea to You, Explore Your Transferable Skills
“The key thing here is to consider the job(s) you have already done and to see if you can identify any skills you were able to obtain within these job(s) that could easily be transferable and be considered of value to your new chosen career and to focus upon them. What a well-tailored CV will do, however, is make the switch to our new career seem like a natural and logical progression to the person reading it.
Just remember there is a job out there for you. You just have to persist: network, put out the word with your friends and family and colleagues, be visible. We wish you the best. Please do share your experiences with us. Add to this post with your advice and experiences.