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How to find a job during the crisis


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Job finding process becomes more difficult during the recession. It is necessary to divide this process into small stages and carefully to be prepared for each of them: to write the resume, to analyse a labour market, to think over questions and answers on interview. And, finally trust in yourself and use this "how to find a job during the crisis" checklist.

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1. Determining whom you want to be

  • Choose the field or sphere of your future job
  • Ask yourself what you like more: to be a manager or a subordinate
  • Define whether you wish to work in a large team , small company or just alone
  • Choose a work schedule: full employment, partial employment or no fixed office hours
  • Set priority: stability, career advancement or creative development

2. Researching the labour market

  • Collect as much as possible information about target companies on the market
  • Read companies profiles , achieved success , development level , work conditions , etc.
  • Use companies black lists in the web to ensure that company is reliable
  • Carefully examine the market company works at
  • Try to develop a mechanism to improve its activity
  • In the interview describe your vision of how improve company activity

3. Switching the field of activities

  • Seek a new job in the adjacent fields
  • Consider a wide range of vacancies in various fields
  • Consider the following fields which are risk free during the crisis:
  • Legal experts specialized in bankruptcy
  • Supplier of safes
  • Jewellery shops and networks
  • Food
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Defence industry
  • Telecommunication
  • Engineering
  • Recruitment agencies and outsourcing companies

4. Switching speciality and choosing relevant profession

  • Consider the following professions which are risk free during the crisis:
  • Commercial representative
  • Customer support manager in call centers and large corporations
  • Bookkeeper in large consulting companies
  • Social worker
  • Software developer
  • Personal secretary
  • System administrator
  • Nurse
  • Sales department manager

5. Seeking vacancies

  • Use the methods of employment seeking
  • Fair of vacancies
  • Employment agencies
  • Web resources: forums, job seeking sites, corporative sites, etc.
  • Mass media (newspapers, television, radio, etc.)
  • Friends and relatives
  • Compose the competent curriculum vitae and write the covering letter
  • Carefully learn new vacancy requirements
  • Highlight main functions and obligations of new vacancy
  • Start to compose CV underlining your working experience, professional skills, personal advantages, awards, achievements, etc.
  • Compose covering letter
  • Enclose reference letters, certificates and diploma

6. Preparing to pass the interview

  • Learn about the employer as much as possible
  • Think over employer's potential questions
  • Try to set priorities and future plans for 1, 3 and 5 years ahead on new position
  • Be at the employer office in time

7. In the interview

  • Think over the way you look
    • Learn a company style and dress code
    • Try to keep the style and wear relevant dress when going to interview
    • Do appropriate hair style and make-up
    • Always wear cleaned and ironed dress
    • Be tidy and polite
  • Avoid mistakes:
    • Do not forget to take CV, covering letter and other documents with you
    • Do not be late
    • Do not evade the questions
    • Do not feel shy to talk about salary but this should be the last thing you ask
    • Do not say "I do not know"
    • Do not criticize your previous employer
  • While passing the interview
    • Stay calm and try to smile
    • Say only true about yourself because the employer can check your arguments
    • Respond to questions with no bustle and uncertainty
    • Clearly explain the reason why you decided to get a post in the company
    • Be prepared to pass psychological examination and testing
    • Be prepared to retell your...

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