I’ve written about jobs predicted to have a rosy future in 2008 and offered suggestions of what to do if you think that your job is in jeopardy. But, what approach should you take if you have lost your job and you (and many, many others) are now seeking work in a flat economy?
The first thing to do is stop and get a handle on your job search materials. Do you have a resume that represents you and all you have to offer? Have you brushed up your job seeking skills (networking, cover letter writing, interviewing)? It’s not like riding a bike – you CAN forget how to look for a job. Worse, you may never have really known how to job search in the first place. Keppie Careers offers an array of services to help get you prepared.
Sarah Needleman addresses the topic of job searching in a recession in the Wall Street Journal Online. Gary Rich, president of Rich Leadership, an executive advisory firm in Pound Ridge, NY, believes that selling and servicing jobs are more resilient, as they impact the bottom line. He says:
Less durable jobs are those in human resources, public relations, finance, strategic planning and other non-vital business functions.
Needleman’s article also suggests that if you don’t work in a promising sector, focus on your transferable skills and consider switching industries. Plan your transition. Network and research organizations and industries and learn how you can best use your skills to benefit them. Consider volunteering with organizations on special projects to demonstrate your added value.
Keppie Careers can help tailor a transition resume to highlight what you have to offer. We recommend focusing on your skills and accomplishments rather than “what” you have done in your jobs to help potential employers envision you working for them.
Don’t forget that, even in a recessionary economy, some jobs and skills are still invaluable and sought out. So, just because you may work in an industry that is experiencing a lull, if you have prepared and positioned yourself to have the skills and training needed to fill management gaps, you’re in good shape!
We advise, encourage and enlighten job seekers. We offer resume writing, mock interviews, coaching and more to position you for your future.