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Can't find a job?

Try these different options.

There are different reasons why you may be looking for a job: the economy crashed, 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 means is getting a job in an industry where people are needed regardless of the economy. According to Coursera, these are the top 10 recession-proof fields you can be great places to pivot to if you need stability: AI, data, operations, healthcare, public safety, education (K-12), finance, mental health, utilities, trades, groceries, clean tech, ride share, and delivery.

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:

Job Search Hacks

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. Polish Up Your Online Presence: Studies have shown that many hiring managers will look at a candidate's online profile 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.
    4. Consider Pivoting: Maybe the universe is calling for you to pivot to something that lights you up a little more. People get burned out and they want a new growth challenge.
    5. 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 educational qualifications for jobs in that 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!).
    6. Mindset and Networking Are Everything: If you find yourself feeling defeated, it may be that you have lessened your effort in looking for and applying for jobs. Sometimes clients have to apply and network with 100 people before they land a role."I'm not going to get the job anyway so why bother writing a fresh cover letter?", maybe in your mental framework, 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 a role because you know you can simply do it. Apply for it because it lights something up within you.
    7. Become a Consultant:  Offer your services part-time or as a full-time contractor for less commitment to the employer during hard times.
    8. Contact Staffing Companies: They often have jobs that are not posted. Look for the top local staffing companies in your area.
    9. 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 at which you're temping.
    10. 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.
    11. 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 the step it's so must easier to get through the next one.
    12. 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 at 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!
    13. 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.
    14. Practice Interviewing: Seriously, it could be that you are coming across as 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.
    15. 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 helping you sift out where to pivot, and then market and optimize your resume or cover letter to get noticed quicker and cut your job search in 1/2!

Use our branding and reverse recruiting method with our Job Search Accelerator Service.

Many people just don't have time to look for a job. At the least, we always say start here with this service: EXPEDITE: Reverse Recruiting Service.  We will take a look at your marketing first (resume and LinkedIn) and make recommendations for moving forward. You can always submit your resume and job search needs here. We focus on the 5 areas that are needed to quickly get you your role.