LONDON, UK -- A job search in a recession is a daunting prospect. With so much competition for vacancies, you'll have to box clever and do everything you can to stand out from the crowd if your job search is to be successful.
The first things to remember is to keep your options open. You may have had a rigid career plan for yourself before the recession hit - put that on hold for now and just concentrate on getting back into employment.
Consider other areas of employment which would not necessarily be your first choice. Find out which sectors seem to be weathering the current financial storm the most successfully and see if your skills could be of use there.
Online job search sites such TipTopJob are invaluable for this kind of job search. Not only do they put thousands of job listings at your fingertips, but you can also use them to browse through different job types and find new areas of employment into which you can extend your job search.
Job Search Tips Always tailor your CV to suit the specific job you are applying for. The job search strategy of many people is just to fire out copies of their CV to as many different potential employers as possible, however, although it may seem logical, this approach is not the most effective.
Remember that you are not simply telling employers that you are available for work; you are trying to show them that you are the right person to fill a particular role in their organisation. Think about the situation from the employer's point of view and adjust your CV accordingly.
It's also very important that your CV does not simply list the companies you have worked for and what your position was. Try to give concrete examples of how you added value to the company while you were there. Use this opportunity to really sell yourself as someone who will be an active asset to any employer.
Also remember that there are a lot of free resources out there for job seekers, and take the time to hunt them down and utilise them to the full. For example, the aforementioned TipTopJob site offers more than just a comprehensive job search feature. They can also:
• Send you email alerts regarding new vacancies.
• Help you find training courses to improve your employability.
• Store your CV in an online database which potential employers can search.
• Give you further help and advice to refine your job search strategies.
So be sure you're using every available tool to help you in your job search. With a little luck and a lot of hard work, your efforts will be rewarded and you'll find yourself back in employment again, perhaps even in a more secure, recession-proof position.
Tip Top Job is an international job search engine that covers every area of today's job market. With a focus on UK vacancies, Tip Top Job allows users to search its job boards quickly and easily, according to their needs, skills and requirements.