The unemployment rate in the U.S. is close to 10 percent. The News is chock full of stories about organizations downsizing and suggestions for surviving these “tough economic times.”
It’s not all bad news however. Even during these times, many firms are still hiring in large numbers.
As part of their restructuring, these companies lay off non-performing workers and create openings for new talent that’s eager to work hard and produce results.
These firms are looking for people who can:
So how do you uncover these jobs? How do portray yourself as the Must-Have employee?
You are a branded product. Your skills, your ethics, your experiences are unique to you alone. You have to get an employer to see your value, the proof of your worth.
“How do I do that?” you ask.
Facebook. MySpace. Twitter. LinkedIn. These social networking sites and applications can help you reach out and get leads.
The simple fact is a large number of open jobs are not advertised. Word of mouth is an avenue you shouldn’t overlook. Don’t wait for jobs to come to you; let your network know what you are looking for and you stand a better chance of hearing about unadvertised jobs.
During these tough times, companies lower their expectations around salary and benefits. You must be willing to lower your expectations as well.
Job hunting during a recession doesn’t have to be painful or fear-inspiring. Just keep in mind that when the economy is uncertain, employers want to hire the best people.
High demands + Low value = Unemployed
Realistic demands + High value = Hired