Just when the job market was tilting in favor of jobseekers, the country’s economic future has become uncertain. Though the U.S. isn’t technically in a recession at the moment (that traditionally means two straight quarters of economic decline), there are signs a recession is on its way. These include higher prices, lower spending, and, most critical for those seeking work, a decrease in hiring.
But even if the country does slide into a recession, you still have hope for finding a job. That’s why we want to bust five commonly held myths about job searching during a recession.
Myth #1: No One Hires During a Recession
Though many companies may take cost-cutting steps during a recession, there’s no such thing as a broad hiring freeze. Retirements and other kinds of employee turnover don’t stop, so companies will always need new employees. Beyond that, several industries, like healthcare, utilities, and information technology seem recession-proof.
Myth #2: No One Will Hire You After You’re Laid Off
Layoffs are a fact of life, especially during a recession. And although it can be tougher to find work in an economic downturn, employers won’t hold your laid-off status against you. And if you made a good impression with your former employer, they’ll usually be happy to write a glowing letter of reference that will make it easier for you to market yourself.
Myth #3: If You’re Over 50, You Won’t Get Hired
Age discrimination is a thing, but it doesn’t mean that if you’re looking for work at age 50 or above, you can’t find a job – even during a recession. Employers are looking for skills and experience, which could work in your favor. While you’re sending out resumes, make sure you keep up to date with developments in your industry, so your knowledge is current.
Myth #4: You’ll Have to Take Less Money
Just because companies trim their budgets during a recession, that doesn’t mean you have to settle for being paid less than your worth. As we’ve already mentioned, the key is marketing yourself. Be prepared to demonstrate both in your resume and your interviews that what you offer makes you worth the salary you’re asking for.
Myth #5: Temporary Jobs are Dead Ends
Some job seekers dread taking a temp job during a recession. In their minds, “temp” means “dead-end.” As we discussed in an earlier post, temp jobs can be career builders. Don’t be afraid to embrace the opportunities temporary work can provide, like building skills and connections.
Whether you’re looking for a permanent position or temporary work, Mega Force can help your job search go smoothly – even during a recession. We specialize in helping candidates land work in industrial jobs, and we’d like to help you. Start your search here.