How to Find a Job in a Slow Market

To find a job in a slow market is a formidable challenge, but when done correctly it can lead to greatly satisfying results.

Finding a job that you really like has always been a fairly difficult undertaking. But when the market slows down, things can get infinitely more complex. Companies downsize their budgets significantly, which means that there are fewer job openings. More often than that, you will find yourself settling for much less than what you deserve, and you’ll be forced to make choices that you’re not convinced about.

To find a job in a slow market, you’ll have to rev up your approach by doing the following.

-Use multiple channels to look for jobs: Don’t restrict yourself to classifieds and job boards. Word-of-mouth, referrals and job-matching portals are far more effective in helping you find jobs.

Related: 7 Reasons Why You’re Not Getting a Job

-Customize your CV: When actively searching for a job, customize your CV to target specific employers and roles. Use MeraJob’s SmartProfile™, a CV++, which captures your key skills and preferences in one snapshot and gets noticed by employers who are looking for candidates just like you.

Related: 5 things to do before your job interview

-Take up temporary/freelance assignments: This is a good alternative to a full-time position, because it gets you the experience, it takes care of the gaps in your employment history and it also gets employers to notice your work (which could even lead to a full-time position).

-Expand your network: When the job market is slow and companies are not advertising openings, your contacts can come in handy. They can refer your profile to the companies where they’re already working. This is an effective way to get noticed by employers even when they’re not actively looking to hire.

Related: Unemployed? Find a job by doing these 5 things.

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