If you have been paying attention to the news, chances are that you’re nervous. You can barely turn on a television without hearing predictions of a worldwide financial collapse. So if you are looking for a job, what impact will this have on you?
Possibly none. It is such early days in this situation that the reality is that nobody knows what impact it will have. It could change things significantly or it could just be a blip. At this point, the best approach is to continue with your job search strategy and to not let yourself get too stressed about it.
Keep your eyes open. While it is certainly not time to panic, you do need to be diligent, which means watching the news and paying attention to what is happening in your industry. If it seems that your industry is in decline, then you might want to consider acquiring new skills or targeting a different type of job.
Be positive. Regardless of what is happening with the economy, you will always be more successful if you have a good attitude. Know that there are opportunities available and that if you put the work in to identify and target them, you will be able to find a job.
Network. Networking is always the most effective way to find employment. Make new connections and talk to people you know to see if they know of any available jobs. When times are tight, employers may be more willing to quickly offer a position to someone they know to avoid launching a full-scale recruitment campaign.
Be flexible. If there are job losses from this situation, then you may need to be a little more flexible in order to compete. When you are willing to be flexible with your hours or the type of job you will take, you may find it easier to get an offer.
You never want to hear words like “stock market crash” thrown around and while the situation is serious, it will not help you to panic. If anything, use it as a motivation to dig in and push hard with your job search efforts and know that whatever happens with the economy, you will be able to find a place for yourself within it.
(Written by Karen Bivand, Image Courtesy of David Castillo Dominici at FreeDigitalPhotos.net)