Job Hunting During an Economic Downturn

Unemployment is stressful, but job-hunting during an economic downturn can significantly increase that stress. According to Blogs.IMF.org, we are in the greatest economic downturn since the Great Depression. There are fewer jobs available, and the ones that are, have a reduced salary. Or are those ideas just myths?

News Flash…While there may be fewer jobs available in some industries, others are thriving. And the ones that are thriving, are paying higher salaries for quality employees.

Job Hunting during economic downturn

What You Need To Know During an Economic Downturn

If you know where to look and how to approach the job market, an economic downturn might be the best time for you to be job hunting. Here’s what you need to know:

Focus on Growth Industries

When the economy is struggling, there are always a few industries that are thriving because they’re needed more. Think about what people are using more of, what their habits are, what kind of businesses are they frequenting. This will give you some insight into the types of companies that are thriving and looking for help.

Target Companies

Instead of emailing your resume to every job opening you find, choose a few select companies you’d like to work for and focus on pursuing them. Even if they don’t have any current openings available, they will need to keep your resume on file and you could be the first to know about a new opening, even before it’s posted in some cases.

Talk to People

Your friends, your family, your former co-workers, even your former clients. They all know people and those people know people. It’s much easier to find a job through your network of connections. Tell people about your experience, skills, and past positions. This will help them to make quality connections for you.

Start Freelancing

If a job is not available in your field or there’s a possibility your current field might not fully recover, consider freelancing. Start your own company focusing on your area of expertise. Since you don’t have the overhead and payroll of your past employer, you can charge a lower fee.  Just don’t make your rates too low, you have expenses you have to cover as well and your time is valuable.

Consider a Temporary Position

While it’s not ideal, a temporary position can help you get through an economic downturn until you can find a better position. Some larger corporations offer temporary positions that later convert to permanent ones. Or take a job in another industry. Even if it’s not what you want to do, you’ll learn new skills and earn a paycheck.

Stay Positive

Keeping a positive attitude can be the hardest thing to do, but it will help you get through this challenging time. And, that positive attitude will shine during interviews and give you a leg up above other applicants. Stay focused on the positive things in your life and the things you have control over. Everything else, you can’t worry about it. Even when there’s a 10% unemployment rate, that means there’s 90% employment. You just have to find the right opportunity for you.

It’s stressful to be job hunting during an economic downturn, no doubt, but staying positive, keeping your options open, and thinking outside the box will help you survive and thrive.

If You Need Help

If you need help updating your resume or practicing for an interview during these hard times, consider reaching out to me, Rachel at Career Find to assist you.

By |2020-05-01T15:49:44-05:00May 4th, 2020|career search, Job Search|Comments Off on Job Hunting During an Economic Downturn

Getting Past the Gatekeepers to Get a Job Interview

Sometimes it can be tough getting to the person you want to interview with for a potential job. Their schedules are packed so they designate appointments, phone calls, and emails to their personal assistants to handle for them. This means, you have to go through the assistant to get to the person you want to have an interview with; not always an easy task.

Getting past the gatekeepers

Tips for Getting Past the Gatekeepers to Get a Job Interview

Here are some tips for getting past the gatekeepers to get the job interview you want:

  1. Do Your Research

Know what the company is all about and what their needs are; this will help you figure out how to market yourself to them. Spend some time on their website, scrolling through their social media, and checking out some of the employees on LinkedIn, especially the person you want to meet. If the company has an HR manager or recruiter, research them too. They may be the gatekeeper themselves, or they may be able to help you get past the gatekeeper.  If you know who the gatekeepers are, research them as well.  Making conversation with them will be important.

  1. Be Polite, Professional, and Confident

You’ll never make it past the gatekeeper if they don’t think you’d be a good fit for the company. Whether your making a phone call or sending an email, let your best self shine through. Stay focused and don’t ramble on, get to the point in a friendly way and ask how you can get a meeting with the person you want to talk to. You may need to sell yourself and your knowledge and skills to impress them; do it confidently without being boastful.  Most of all, be nice!

  1. Ask for the Person You Want to Speak With by First and Last Name

This will suggest that you are familiar with the person you want to meet with or, at the very least, you’ve done your research. Be sure to address any emails to the HR manager or recruiter by first and last name as well. It shows that you’re professional and courteous.  If sending an email, be sure you proofread and spellcheck before hitting the send button.

  1. Use Your Connections

When researching the employees of the company on LinkedIn, see who your mutual connections are. If someone you know happens to know someone who works for the company, you can ask for an introduction or ask them to pass your resume on to the proper person.

  1. Don’t Leave Empty-handed

If you can’t get through, at least use your email communication or phone call to obtain some information on the company or the person you want to meet with. Ask for more details about the job, the timeline for interviewing and hiring, and the steps you can take to get your resume seen by the right person. This will not only provide you great information, but it will also show that you’re serious about getting the job.

Use these tips for getting past the gatekeepers and remember: Being polite, conversational, and friendly with the gatekeeper will improve your chances of getting the interview you want. If they like you and think you’re a good fit for the job, they’ll do whatever they can to make sure you get an appointment.

Are You Ready to Work With a Career Coach?

Call your Career Coach, Rachel Schneider at Career Find and schedule a meeting to begin coaching that will differentiate you from other job seekers and help you develop a  job search strategy as you begin your job search.

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By |2020-01-20T14:25:28-06:00January 21st, 2020|career search|Comments Off on Getting Past the Gatekeepers to Get a Job Interview

4 Ways Pinterest Can Ramp Up Your Job Search

Have you considered using Pinterest for your job search?

Right now Pinterest is still a growing social media site on the Internet  Pinterest is the fourth-most-popular social media platform in America. It outranks Snapchat, LinkedIn, Twitter and WhatsApp.  So if you aren’t on it, go check it out.  Pinterest has more than 250 million monthly active users.  That means people who are looking for jobs and people who are hiring are using Pinterest.

If you are already addicted to pinning dessert recipes and exercise tips, take some time to pin for your job search as well.

Pinterest For Your Job Search

Using Pinterest For Your Job Search

Follow these tips to use Pinterest to help you land the job of your dreams.

1. Create a Portfolio Board

Start by turning your resume into a portfolio. Create boards based on your work experience, awards, accomplishments, degrees, certificates, and even your hobbies and interests. We do however recommend you stay away from controversial topics like politics.

2. Professional or Community Organization Boards

Next, create a board that showcases the professional or volunteer community organizations that you are involved with. Make sure to describe any committees or offices you may have held.

3. Follow Company Boards

Then find the companies you want to work for. Small and large companies figured out the sales and marketing value of Pinterest early on. By following these company boards, you can learn a lot about each company’s culture, focus and overall brand. These insights can help you stand above other applicants.

4. Follow Career Experts

Lastly, follow career experts. Career experts are using Pinterest to help job seekers with career advice and inspiration. Follow CareerFind here, we have lots of tips on job search, interview tips, career happiness, and work/life balance.

Happy Pinning!

Help For Your Job Search

If you need help with creating a resume, interviewing, or other job search items, contact Rachel Schneider at YourCareerFind.com.

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By |2019-11-20T09:38:30-06:00December 17th, 2019|career search|Comments Off on 4 Ways Pinterest Can Ramp Up Your Job Search

Are You Thinking About a “Snowbird” Job?

Is a “snowbird” job for you?  When the weather begins to turn colder, many northerners start thinking about heading south for the winter.  Along with spending the cold months in a warmer climate, many also look for a job to pass the time or to help pay their expenses while away from home.   Could this be you?

Snowbird jobs

Boomers are the New Snowbirds

Baby boomers are taking over the snowbird population.  According to AARP, today the majority of snowbirds are between the ages of 50 and 69: the baby boomers. This generation is known to be active and they tend to have disposable income, are well-educated, and adapt to the snowbird lifestyle very well.

If you are relocating to a warmer climate such as Florida, Arizona, Texas, Las Vagas, Hawaii, and California to avoid the winter chill you might want to consider some unique employment opportunities available to you.

Disney, for example, does brisk hiring for its theme parks during winter months to handle the influx of tourists. That is just the tip of the iceberg for both full-time and part-time jobs available.  Think resorts, freelance work, and more.

Let’s look at a few “snowbird” friendly options available.

Snowbird Job Options

1. Resort and Theme Park Positions

Theme parks are always in need of extra help.  Especially during winter months when college student workers are back in school.  Seasonal openings can include anything from assisting customers on and off rides, working in a gift shop, greeting airport arrivals,  to handling castmembers wardrobes.  A few snowbirds have even suited up as costumed characters!  (Be aware, these positions require auditions, and you must be willing and able to spend time standing to sign autographs and pose for photos.)

Resorts of all shapes and sizes across the Sunbelt increase their staff during winter months. You might find work in any number of capacities, from bartender, gardener, or spa worker to parking valet or room cleaner.

2.  Freelance Work

Put your past work experience in the 9 – 5 world out there and develop a consulting business.  You can work when it suits you and you are not geographically bound.  You can continue working year-round regardless of where you are living.

3. Spring Training Staff

Spring training camps for Major League Baseball teams in Arizona and Florida have a range of possible positions: ushering, selling programs, selling peanuts and popcorn, or sales in the team merchandise shop.

Some jobs require more expertise than others. For instance, the Pittsburgh Pirates had a recent posting for a seasonal sales assistant who would take an active role in marketing and special promotions.  Some duties might not be exciting, but the chance to work in an area that is fun and entertaining might be the perfect snowbird job for you.

4. Travel Nurse

Registered nurses and licensed practical nurses are in high demand at hospitals and doctors’ offices in Florida and Arizona during the winter months.

The majority of travel nursing assignments run for 13 weeks — often with the option of extending the term to six months. You must have a travel-nursing license to practice in each state.

5. Substitute Teaching

If you hold a college degree, most states allow you to substitute teach in a classroom for daily wages.  Depending on the state, you might have to apply for the state-approved certification.

6.  Housesitting

Living in other people’s homes while they are on vacation can be lucrative and take care of your housing issues while you are enjoying a warmer climate.  Trusted Housesitters is a great place to learn more.

7. Be A Pet Sitter

If you enjoy spending time with animals, this growing industry might be a perfect fit for you.  You can be a dog walker or actually stay in the home with pets when owners are away.  Check out DogVacay for more information on both options.

There are dozens of other snowbird job opportunities, these are popular ones that came to mind.  Whatever you decide to do to take care of your finances and free time, becoming a snowbird can be a great experience.   It can be a great option for people suffering from seasonal depression or those who just hate the cold. If you plan correctly, it is absolutely possible to become a snowbird before the age of 65 in preparation for your final retirement.

Need Help Preparing to Apply for a Snowbird Job?

Should you need help preparing a resume for a snowbird job or any other position, don’t hesitate to contact Rachel at YourCareerFind.com and schedule a consultation.

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By |2019-12-09T17:00:29-06:00December 9th, 2019|career search|Comments Off on Are You Thinking About a “Snowbird” Job?

Rate Your Workplace Happiness

This is the time of year when new initiatives are starting, bonuses are often paid, and things get into a routine at work.  It’s a perfect time to look at your workplace happiness.  Do you “love” your job?   If not, it might be time to take inventory and consider your options.
Workplace Happiness
More than a third of all workers are planning to move to a different job during the next year.  Will a new job live up to expectations, or will they be back to hunting the perfect job in just a few months?

Evaluating Your Job Happiness

Before jumping ship and switching jobs, look inside yourself and evaluate what exactly you are unhappy about.   What criteria do you need to use to make sure the next job makes you happier?   Is there anything you can do to improve your job happiness with your current employer?

Personality

Take your personality into consideration. Do you enjoy social interactions and communication or is working with smaller groups or by yourself more your thing?  Can you concentrate for long stretches of time on a single thing, or do you like constant change?   Is your current occupation using your strengths or tugging at your weaknesses?

Understanding your personality traits will help you to recognize which working environments are best suited for you.  Work environment plays a big role in your happiness at work.

Skills

Next, let’s look at the skills you enjoy using.   Do you like to work with numbers or words?   Do you like to do research?  Are you a problem solver?   Are you strategic?   What skills make you feel energized when you use them?  What skills drain you?

Work Requirements

All jobs have requirements and we might not like all of them, and it is something to take into consideration when looking at a new position.   Do you like working 9-5 or do you want more flexibility?   Do you want to set your own schedule or work when you are assigned?  Do you want to come into an office or work from home? Are you required to do mandatory overtime?  How often do you have to stay late?

Studies have found that people who work 40 hours or less are usually happier than peers who are working 40+ hours.   If you work long hours you have less time for family and friends.  Unrealistic work demands can decrease employee happiness.

Challenge

Do you have the opportunity to learn new things?   Does your current job challenge your mind on a routine basis or is it routine?   Most people enjoy a bit of challenge.

Money

Some of the happiest employees make very little in comparison to some of the high paying jobs available.  You have heard the saying, “Money isn’t everything.”  While that is true, money is important.  You should be paid fairly for the job you are doing.  Wages and benefits have an impact on your happiness with the job.

While a six-figure salary may appear to make a person happy, if it eats up all their time and is constantly stressful it might not be worth it.  Many will pick a lower salary for more freedom and time away from the job.  Money is not an indicator of job happiness but is something to consider.  More money does not always make a person happier but being underpaid certainly contributes to job unhappiness. Only you can answer the questions regarding how much money contributes to your job happiness.

Other Factors

Other factors that contribute to job happiness include:

  • Relationship to co-workers
  • Treatment of employees
  • Job Security
  • Safety
  • Organization’s stability
  • Relationship with immediate supervisor
  • Communications
  • Culture
  • Future opportunities
  • Training
  • Support and recognition
  • and others

As you take inventory of these items and how they contribute to your workplace happiness, you might find you are not happy and want to make a shift.  Utilizing a coach for career guidance may help you find the perfect job that would be a better fit for your personality.

Let Me Help

If you need help preparing for the job-hunt, contact your Career Coach, Rachel Schneider, at Career Find for an Introduction Call.  I can help you create a resume that will differentiate you from the competition, develop a unique job search strategy, and help you to feel confident as you begin the interviewing process.

 

By |2019-05-06T10:10:28-05:00February 20th, 2018|career search, How to Be Happy at Work|Comments Off on Rate Your Workplace Happiness

9 Things Employers Look For In New Graduates

Are you a soon-to-be new graduate looking for a job?

Many of today’s graduates are told they should look for jobs specifically in the area of their college major.   This is old advice that is no longer valid.

9 Things Employers Look For In New Grads

Skills and knowledge are transferable.  Graduates have a leg up on other applicants when they can plug their knowledge into different areas, show employers they are flexible and do the job regardless of their major.

In the past, people felt learning a particular skill was important for landing the job.  Now employers are looking more for the whole package.  Yes, you must have basic skills and knowledge in the area, but other things play a big role in the hiring process.

Employers Want

Employers look for candidates with:

  • A willingness to learn and try new things
  • An ability to work with others
  • Great communication skills (both written and verbal)
  • Leadership
  • An ability to handle change
  • Responsibility and self-motivation
  • An awareness of strengths
  • An ability to think outside the box
  • A desire to grow with the company

Showcase Your Skills

Showcase what you can do and what you have been involved in on your resume. Don’t feel you are limited to work experience.  If you are a new grad, employers will expect to see college activities and leadership in such activities as part of your resume.

You might be surprised what the employer will find valuable.   I know a person with an engineering background that was hired because of their social media knowledge to help promote the company.  I also know a graduate who was scooped up by a radio station as an on-air broadcaster because he had worked for his college radio station and had a superior work ethic.

Keep an Open Mind

Don’t pigeonhole yourself into one certain job.  Keep an open mind when applying for roles and during the interview. Show the employer how YOU can be an asset to the company.

Need some help?

Call your Career Coach, Rachel Schneider at Career Find and schedule a meeting to create a resume that will differentiate you from other new graduates and develop a non-traditional job search strategy to help you feel confident as you begin your job search.

By |2019-05-06T10:12:00-05:00May 2nd, 2017|career search, Job Interview|Comments Off on 9 Things Employers Look For In New Graduates
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