Can't find a job? Try these different options.
There are different reasons why you may be looking for a job: the economy crashes, your company went bankrupt, or maybe you’re moving to a different city or country. But looking for a job can be stressful and sometimes you can get stuck. We here at Career5 are here to help you with a few tips and tricks from the pros on how to make that job search a little easier.
When you’re worried about the economy…it might be time to pivot.
The best thing to do is look for a “recession-proof job” – or as close as you can get. What this really means is getting a job in an industry where people are needed regardless of the economy. According to Money Crashers, these are the top 10 recession-proof jobs you can get:
- Medical Professional: Let’s face it, people still get sick when the economy is down the tubes which means taking a job as a medical professional is a great way to stay on top of the game. Even if you’re thinking that many people forgo some medical care, scenarios like surgery, a major illness, and unexpected accidents don’t wait for the economy to recover either.
- Mental Health Providers: With more stress caused by a recession, it’s no joke that people are seeking out professionals to help them stay balanced and healthy mentally. What’s also interesting is that the divorce rate increases during a recession, making marriage counselors high in demand.
- Energy Industry: We live in a high-tech connected world and most people can't forgo their electricity, especially if you work from home. The energy industry always needs people on the front lines installing new power structures and assuring that we are all connected.
- Law Enforcement: When people get desperate, they can turn to crime as a way to make ends meet. That makes the law enforcement industry a good choice when it comes to a recession-resistant job.
- Internet Industry: Did I mention that we live in a connected world? We are all on the internet daily, whether it’s checking social media or buying something online. That means that someone has to build and maintain this digital infostructure. People like website designers, search engine optimization specialists, programmers, and social media marketers are in high demand as companies tighten budgets to promote their products.
- College Professor: When the economy goes south, people head back to school to brush up on skills that make that more marketable and hirable – and someone has to teach them! Use your skills to transfer knowledge to the next generation of professionals during a bad stretch in the economy.
- Senior Care Providers: We never stop aging, and a bad economy definitely won't stop this. The baby bomber generation is about to enter their senior retired years and as they age, many of them may end up in assisted living facilities or nursing homes. This, much like the medical professional industry, is bound to grow or stay steady when the economy goes down.
- Pharmacists & Pharmacy Technicians: People still need medications, even during a recession. Like many jobs in the medical industry, this one is the bottom of the trickle-down, as we still need antidepressants, antibiotics, and many other mediations to keep us healthy in our daily lives.
- IT Staff: When we say IT Staff, we aren’t talking about the tech-support line. We mean the people who are physically in our data centers maintaining our ever-connected world. This could also be the people who set up networks for companies, maintain databases, oversee cybersecurity, and many other IT jobs that need to be completed onsite rather than outsourced.
- International Business Professionals: As more companies outsource things overseas they need people to go to these countries and assure the operations are running smoothly. If you know how to conduct business internationally, it gives you a leg up in this market and a chance to travel abroad to do work for a few years to boot.
Another great reason to get a job with the Government during a recession…
If you’re worried about the economy crashing the best place to look for a job is in the State or Federal Government. People who get a job with the government during a recession tend to see more long-term wage growth, according to Market Watch.
If these choices don't sound enticing, here are a few other options:
- Take a break: Listen, looking for a job is stressful. Take a day to do some self-care and realign to the job search process. Are you looking for the right jobs? Are you excited about the positions you are applying for? If you can do nothing job related for a day, go to the park, take a bike ride, try a new hike or visit the beach -whatever brings a little breath back into your life. You can always come back to the job search tomorrow.
- Move: If it’s available to you then move to another city or state that has more abundant jobs, or take a remote job so you can stay where you are and have the job you’ve always wanted!
- Polish Up Your Online Presence: Studies have shown that many hiring managers will look at a candidate’s online profiles before reaching out for a job interview. How do your social media profiles look? Are they professional or a mishmash of public and private content? Do you have anything that may be considered controversial? Political? Polarizing? Now is the time to make those posts private, update your picture with something that looks professional, and give the right impression to hiring managers.
- Up-Level Your Education or Change Careers: Consider going back to school for an additional certification that will make you more hireable or an additional degree that will have the same effect. This is also helpful if you don’t meet the minimum education qualifications for jobs in which interest you. Now is the time to go back to school if you need to. This is a great time to enter a fast-tracked MBA program. Usually, these accelerated courses are two years and will expand your opportunities to change careers (finally!).
- Mindset is Everything: If you find yourself feeling defeated it may be that you have lessened your effort of looking for and applying for jobs. “I’m not going to get the job anyway so why bother writing a fresh cover letter?” maybe something you think, but attitude counts for hiring managers. Take the time to reframe and find the jobs that you can get excited about. Don’t just apply for something because you know you can do it, apply for it because it lights something up within you.
- Become a Consultant: Offer your services for part-time or as a full-time contractor for less commitment to the employer during hard times.
- Contact Staffing Companies: They often have jobs that are not posted. Look for your top local staffing companies in your area.
- Become a Temp: Temp work is a great way to fill in the gaps that may happen between unemployment. You can keep your skills up to date, and it may even happen that you get hired on at a role for the company that you’re temping for.
- Network: Listen, we get it. Networking can feel fake at first, but when you’re honest and earnest in your attempt to reach the right people, it shows. Seek out people at companies without explicitly asking for a job. Ask for informational interviews, let them know that you’re in the market for a specific position and maybe send over an infographic or resume.
- Review Your Resume: Maybe it’s just simply that you don’t have enough keywords in your resume to make it past the ATS software of a company. It’s time to make sure that you're optimizing your resume for every job that you apply to make sure you’re at least able to get your foot in the door and get an interview. Once you get past step it’s so must easier to get to through the next one.
- Consider Other Industries: It may not be ideal, but your skills likely transfer to a multitude of different industries. Don’t let the idea of starting a new career path scare you but look as it as an opportunity to diversify your skills and learn something new. Who knows – you may like the new industry more than your last one!
- Flexible Work Arrangements: If nothing else, expand your net to include flexible jobs. Remote, part-time, freelance, and contract gigs are a great way to keep your head in the game while you look for something full-time or more stable.
- Practice Interviewing: Seriously, it could be that you are coming across less confident or competent for the jobs during the interviewing process. The easiest action you can do is practice with friends or family or even video record yourself to see what you may be missing. Career5 also has a partnership with Big Interview if you want to work with a professional.
- Pinpoint the Problem: If you feel like there is nothing left for you to do, then maybe it’s time you sought some professional help. We are here to help you soar to new heights in your career and we are happy to talk to you about marketing and optimizing your resume or cover letter to get noticed quicker and cut your job search in 1/2!