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4 Ways the Job Search has Changed Post-Recession

May 27th, 2012

The recession threw many people in the market for good jobs into a bit of a tailspin. Things are beginning to somewhat settle down and jobs are just over the horizon. But how is this post-recession reality altering the job search landscape? It’s important to understand the changes that are being made in companies seeking employees and what that means for your job search.

1)   Greater competition for fewer jobs. I bet you’re thinking that doesn’t sound like a post-recession reality. Unfortunately, in many industries, that is the new reality. While jobs have begun the hiring process, many employers are still reluctant to do any wide-scale hiring. New jobs are slow, and there is still a great deal of competition for them. This means that now is not the time to sit back, relax, and wait for the job offers to start rolling in. Now is the time to double down and come up with a few aggressive new moves of your own to aid in your job search efforts.

2)   Networking matters – now more than ever. People are beginning to get jobs. Companies are beginning the hiring process. Knowing people and having contacts in your industry is what will make a difference for you as the job search heats up. It’s all about getting your resume into the hands of the right people. Nine times out of ten you have to know someone on the inside at the company in order to make that happen. Don’t forget to leverage the power of social media and social networks as well. The more your name is known and associated with your industry, (or the industry you’re hoping to find employment in), the better it is for your job search possibilities.

3)   Customize your resumes, applications, and/or cover letters to the job for which you’re applying. It’s not enough to have one standard resume these days. Each job wants something a little unique and different and you need a resume that shows the potential employer that you have what they’re looking for. A one-size-fits-all-jobs type of resume simply isn’t going to showcase you in the proper light. It’s not about giving false or even misleading information on your resume, or omitting information that may not paint you in the best picture. It’s about presenting the best possible picture based on true facts about yourself, your education, and your experience as to how it relates to the job you’re applying for.

4)   Avoid Mistakes. Even the most casual mistakes can cost you the job in today’s highly competitive job market. You need every edge you can get over the competition no matter how poised, polished, and perfect you think you may be for the job. Avoiding mistakes, no matter how small in the resume, interview, and follow-up process can make all the difference in the world.

Believe it or not, the post-recession job search isn’t all that different from the job search during the height of the recession. If you follow this sage advice however, your odds of getting the job will be greatly improved.

Want to have access to a broad range of jobs in the Westchester, New York and the  surrounding region? The Concorde Group provides many part time and full time assignments for multiple specialists. You are welcome to search our job boards today for more information and resources.

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