Job and Recession

This recession has been a tough experience for all job seekers and even for some employed individuals. Since, most companies are laying off employees and very few companies are hiring, the market is currently flooded with professionals looking out for a job. But is it really possible to find a job during recession? How?

In times where there are more workers and less jobs to fill, employers are more selective than ever. So, create a prioritized list of your target jobs and positions like — who you want to work for, which company you want to work with, what positions you want the most? etc,. It helps to have a plan to follow to keep you focused and on track. Also research the companies you’re interested in working with and evaluate whether or not they are set for growth. Once you know the companies you are interested in working with, go there for a job interview.

Networking is the quickest way to find a job in this tough job market. Don’t just put in an application somewhere or post your resume on job sites like and and hope for the best. Now is the time to get in touch with all your old pals and ex-colleagues and find if there’s vacancy in their company. If the company has an opening, you’ll have a better chance of getting a job.

Persistence, preparation and patience are essential in the job search process. The ability to keep your self motivated through the process is important. If you are creative and talented, you’ll definitely land a job.

Consider part time freelancing:

You may not get a job of your choice during recession. Many companies prefer outsourcing their task rather than hiring full time employees in these times. So, take up a part time freelancing work if you get a chance as it could expose you to new skills and experiences. You never know, it could also lead to a full time position in a few months.

A positive attitude can go a long way. In this economic environment, where companies are hardly hiring people, it is more about staying afloat rather than finding a dream job. It is important for you to stay positive in these times as managers can easily sense your attitude in a job interview. Your attitude is an indication of how you may react on the job to challenging situations.

There may be some friends who are laid off for reasons beyond the control of the organization as well as employee. You can lend your support:

Being laid off can be difficult for the person who has been laid off as well as his/her colleagues and friends. It’s almost impossible to offer support without feeling a little guilty. But your assistance will go a long way in helping your friend or colleagues pick up the pieces and start again. Here’s what you can do:

At this point of time you may think talking about her job loss may disappoint your colleague, but don’t forget that she is already disappointed and your role is to make her feel better. You can offer support by saying, “I’m sorry to hear about your job. Is there anything I can do to help you?” But once you say it, make sure you do it. If you know people in the industry check with them about job openings and if possible introduce your colleagues to your friends working in good positions. However, don’t insist on helping if your friend doesn’t want it.

Take your cues from the person with whom you’re talking: If your colleague doesn’t want to discuss it, just change the topic. But if he/she is ready to talk, let him/her direct the conversation. Listen to what he/she has to say and then say whatever you want to. For instance, if your colleague tells you, “I have no idea what to do, where to go? I never thought this would happen”, you could respond saying that you totally understand how stressful this situation is.

Avoid asking too many questions. This is not the right time to ask too many questions. Think twice before you ask your colleague something. Asking, what will you do now? can sound really insensitive. It’s fine if your colleague volunteers the information but don’t ask questions that may make him / her feel uncomfortable.

Your colleague has already experienced something very unexpected and traumatic. So, now please don’t throw a surprise farewell party and worsen things. Being laid off is not a reason to celebrate. So, restrict your farewells to a sober lunch with close colleagues or friends, but only if your colleague is okay with that. So, please be sure to ask first. Else, you can just buy her a nice gift or a card and express your thoughts through it.

Make sure you keep in touch: Your colleague may initially need some support once s/he leaves the firm. So, be there. We aren’t asking you to meet her daily but you can always keep in touch via email or phone calls. You could also invite him/her over for lunch the day you’re free and catch up with her job hunt and exchange information.