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Tips for Job Hunting During a Recession Part I

The "R" word tends to scare people in the workplace. We think we'd better hold onto our jobs, or if we're looking for a new job we think the task is going to be that much more daunting. People get fearful and freaked out. It doesn't have to be that way! Yes a recession affects the economy and therefore the hiring decisions employers are going to make. But if you approach your job search from a place of fear or desperation it's not going to go well – period. So don't do this. Assume that you will be able to find something that works for you regardless. Just be smart about it and re-consider what you're looking for if you need to.

Here are tips 1-3:

1: Be money-wise: Re-evaluate your budget if you need to. If you can't find a job for the next few months, do you need to dip into savings to stay afloat and not feel strapped and scared? Are there things (like consulting, taking odd jobs you find on Craig's list) you can do in the short term to bring in some income. Remember you don't want to come from a place of fear when job hunting. Feeling cash strapped can make you fearful and feel desperate. Do things to manage your finances so you don't get into that position.

2: Be ok with something less: If you need immediate income, be ok with taking something you may consider beneath your skill or experience level. Money is money and if you need it, do something about it. It's ok to do temp work, or take a short term part time job that isn't your ideal. There's nothing wrong with this! It serves a purpose. I did temp work for months while I was in career transition. It got me out of the house and made me feel better. Which in turn, helped my job search. Remember it's only temporary while you're looking for something bigger.

3: Be realistic: Is the job you're trying to land realistic for you, or do you need to gain more experience/learn new skills to get it? People are probably less willing to take a chance during a recession so make sure the job you're applying for is realistic for you.

We’ll look at three more tips on Friday!

Hallie Crawford
Career Coach