The job market has certainly tightened
due to the credit crunch. But that doesn't mean you
can't find your ideal job. It's just simply a matter
of using the appropriate search tools and looking
in all the right places.
Job Hunting in the Credit Crunch
Searching for a job during the credit
crunch isn't easy. Many companies have been making
cuts wherever they can, cutting down on company positions
and making employees redundant. Those who have jobs
are doing everything possible to hold on to their
positions, while those who don't are eager to take
any employment opportunities that may come their way.
So the thought of finding a specific job in a specialised
field seems, to many, unlikely - if not almost impossible.
However, even in the midst of a troubled
economy, specialised sectors continue to require both
experienced and entry level employees. Indeed, some
industries have strengthened, needing more employees,
while others are taking measures to fine-tune their
operations during the credit crunch - which means
many require specialists. Alternatively, other types
of businesses are working hard to expand their spectrum
of expertise based on the demands of the industry
- which, once again, means they're always on the lookout
for prospective employees with a diverse set of skills.
So, if the jobs you want are out
there, what's keeping you from finding them? Often,
it's just a matter of searching in the right places
and by the right means, ultimately enabling you to
hone in on the perfect job.
When searching for a specific type
of job it helps to first research whether there are
any job sites dedicated to your industry of interest.
If there are, you're likely to find many more positions
relevant to your interests. The reason for this is
that specialist industry job search sites do half
the work for you, right at the outset - that is, they
provide you with a resource dedicated to the industry
you're interested in. Then, all you have to do is
search for particular positions within that industry.
Since the site is dedicated, it's more likely to return
more positions relevant to you.
However, another way to source jobs
in a specific field - for example, [http://www.npowerjobs.com]jobs
in energy - is to hone your search by company. If
you're even relatively familiar with an industry,
you're likely to be able to name at least a handful
of associated companies. You can always refer to jobs
posted by these companies on their own websites, to
see if any of them match your skills.
Alternatively, many companies take
CVs to keep on file, in case a position that matches
should come up. So even if you don't immediately find
a post that's right for you, it's still worth sending
your cover letter and CV to relevant HR departments,
in the event that something becomes available. While
the credit crunch has certainly tightened the job
market, you shouldn't feel that you can't find a job
that's right for you; however, it is important that
you use the right tools and look in the appropriate
Andrew Regan writes for a digital
marketing agency. This article has been commissioned
by a client of said agency. This article is not designed
to promote, but should be considered professional
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