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Tips On Looking For A Job During Recession


As originally contributed by Daniel Ng, via Wantedly Hong Kong

For a lot of jobseekers, this is potentially the first time in their career that they're going through a global recession. While we're in a very stressful and uncertain times, there is still hope out there yet, and so we’re here see how we can help you out! Let’s get started with some tips on how to look a job during the recession:

1. Pay Attention to the Details

The details matter: formatting your CV and cover letter, interview preparation, follow-up notes, all of these small details can help you stand out from the crowd. They are even more important right now, as there are more candidates applying for each job opportunity, making it crucial that you put in the extra effort to give you the best chance to land an interview, and then the position.

As we’ve always recommended, customize your CV and cover letter for EACH job opportunity that you’re pursuing – hiring managers will notice the difference.

Be prepared for the interviews (DO YOUR RESEARCH!!), do not forget to send a thank-you note afters – all these little gestures together will make you a candidate that no company wants to miss.

2. Study the Market, Look for Growth Industries

Most of us are bound by our job roles instead of its potential application in various industries. No matter you’re a marketer, sales, or even just an intern, every company needs these roles. Therefore, it’s not necessary for one to stay in the same industry for centuries. Instead, look for industries which are still growing or at least not diminishing even when the worldwide economy is shrinking.

Never dive into sunset industries since they’re not recession-proof at all. (unless there’s a company revamping the industry with new technology, just like Wantedly)

3. Company Comes First, the Job Comes Second

No matter how attractive a job description or a package is, the main point is -- you’ll be working for that company and its people.

Which means, if the company itself is unhealthy or with a culture that doesn’t really align with your values, you might find yourself looking for a job again in a short period of time.

It also helps to speak with various members of the team. If not offered, do check with the interviewer if this is something that can be arranged. This helps you to have a better understanding of the role, company culture, team atmosphere and working dynamics. Make sure you do your research and do not hesitate to ask questions to demonstrate your interest in better understanding the company and if this is the right role and fit for you.

4. Keep the Conversation Going

Many companies right now have hiring freezes. However, it is crucial that you keep the conversation going periodically, to keep yourself top-of-mind to the company you’re talking to you. This gives you an edge in the shortlist once hiring opens back up. Hiring managers are always on the lookout for great talent even if they’re unable to make an immediate offer.

5. Be Proactive

When our current sales manager (in Hong Kong), Josh applied for the role, he contacted us through various means: Wantedly’s job post, direct email to our HK Country Manager, Lincoln, via LinkedIn, as well as a message to our HR Manager, George, in Japan. Josh is determined to get his foot in the door for an interview, and during which, it was clear he had put in the effort and did an extensive research on the company.

His passion and dedication showed through and he got the job! (obviously).Don’t be afraid to be proactive in following up and showing that you really want the job. In general, hiring managers won’t mind a candidate being proactive – it shows that the candidate is resourceful and passionate about the opportunity. The worst case is you don’t get a reply, but the upside is that you get a reply and an interview.

Reminder: make sure you follow-up in a way that is polite and respectful, and that shows your passion for the position; don’t be pushy and aggressive.