How to Look for a Job During Uncertain Times

Crazy things are happening in our country, and things aren’t particularly easy for jobseekers. At times like these, what can you do and how can you show up powerfully so you can land a great job opportunity you always wanted?

Any time you look for a new job, you have to pay attention to three important factors. Right now these factors are more important than ever, because when times are uncertain, most employers are even pickier about hiring the right person. So please keep them in mind even if you are not looking for another job, because you never know when you may need them.

Know your value.

While you’re still working, it’s always a good idea to be fully aware of your value. What is the biggest value you bring to your company? How can you be aware of it? By keeping track of all your accomplishments and metrics. When you attend company meetings and hear announcements about meeting quarterly milestones, or what have the entire team accomplished, pay close attention. You may even want to write those numbers down. Why? Because they might come in handy when it’s time to update your resume.

If you end up losing your job, it’s easy to also lose your sense of value in the process. Especially if it wasn’t your choice to leave. There is a natural tendency to wonder “why me?” and compare yourself to other employees who stayed. The reality is, there is nothing wrong with you and you are still very valuable. Just because this one company let you go, doesn’t mean you didn’t bring value.

Regardless of what brings you to looking for another job, a layoff or simply time to move on, knowing your value and being able to express it to potential employers is what will lead to a good job offer.

Know what you want.

When you don’t have a steady reliable income, or if you’re still working but unhappy, it is difficult not to feel desperate, insecure or anxious. Unfortunately, desperation often makes you forget about what you really want and settle for less. You start telling yourself that you shouldn’t be so picky and any job is better than no job. So you start applying anywhere there is an opening that even remotely fits your qualifications, just in case you get a call.

The problem with this strategy is that it doesn’t work. The more you play the numbers game, the more likely the numbers will work against you. Why is that? Because no one wants to hire a desperate employee who cares more about having any job than having the right job. Most employers want to hire someone who is the right fit for the company and for the job. They will take their time to ensure they will find the right person because they don’t want just anybody. You should do the same.

Before you search, research.

Company research is crucial during your job search. Not only will it help you choose the right company to work for based on your interests and desires. It will also help position you as a strong candidate for the job.

One of the biggest turn offs for employers are job seekers who simply need another job and willing to apply anywhere. When you do thorough company research, you are demonstrating to them that you have standards and are not willing to work for just anyone. And it will make employers feel more confident about you because you will come across as someone who is knowledgeable, someone who cares and someone who shows promise of being a good fit.

Katherine Bouglai is a career transition coach and the founder of Blossom Career. She works with professionals in technology who have recently lost their jobs and are looking for successful career transition. Her specialties include career change, resume development, job search strategies, job interview preparations, offer negotiations and other related skills.

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