Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Finding a Job In this Recession

With mounting job losses on Wall Street college students, Class of 2009 primarily, might be thinking about what may be in store for them next spring.

Bill Carson, director of the Center for Career Development at Morgan State University, offers these tips for a successful job search in a recession. (Read the complete article here)

- Use all the campus resources available to you. The college career center staff can share resume writing tips, interview preparation help and just general job search resources.

- Explore global careers and overseas job options. Not all foreign opportunities require employees to be proficient in a foreign language.

- Expand your network. Make sure to reach out to family members, prior employers and even alumni of your university.

- Sign up for professional associations. Many professional associations have student rates that are an absolute bargain. Take advantage of them while in school.

- Sharpen your interview skills. Get some help with behavioral interviews and panel interviews.

- Go government. Look for federal and state employment opportunities.

- Follow up on all the leads you receive.

- Be careful when preparing your resume and job search documents.

In a tight economy, expect that a successful job search might take up to a year. Start now!


Seymour Jobs said...

Great post! What’s the secret to finding great job opportunities in a tough employment market? While it may sound trite, it’s still terribly true: “Network, Network, Network!”

Although the Internet has changed the job market landscape, networking is still the number one job search method to date. Today’s job seekers must be skilled at using their existing professional networks as well as new occasions and personal encounters to source career opportunities. With that said, it’s important to note that networking is often as much of an art as it is a science. It takes good timing, etiquette, persistence and skillful communication in order to transform a chance meeting or brief encounter into an impromptu discussion on job opportunities.

Good luck on your job search!

Marcia Robinson said...

No question about the value of networking. For some reason the concept scares people. Many jobseekers forget that it is easy to start by networking with people in your existing loop.

Three quick tips with networking:
1. Givers Gain
2. Start with who you know right now.
3. Use social networking sites