Many of my clients have been asking me recently if there are any special tips for looking for a job in these turbulent economic times.

Here are some thoughts and tips that might be helpful to you in your job search:


  1. Talk to individuals in your industry to get a better handle on how your profession is being affected by the current economic environment. Which firms are well positioned? Is there any specific work that needs to be accomplished in the short term?
  2. When networking, be sensitive to the fact that many companies and industries are cautious about hiring. Don’t just focus on yourself, your fears, and needs. Ask the person you are meeting how their company is handling the current situation. Ascertain which skills and competencies are most in demand in light of the recent changes?
  3.  Is the current economic environment creating any special employment opportunities? Are there any opportunities for part-time, temp or consulting work to get your foot in the door?
  4. Smaller niche firms which have not been hit as hard recently are looking to meet and engage top talent. Don’t ignore second- or third-tier companies; just do your homework first and make sure their leadership team and financial backing are stable.
  5. If you have not been happy in your field for some time, maybe now is the time to consider a full-blown career change—trying something that you are passionate about and have had on the back burner for some time.
  6. Stick with growing industries—green tech/clean tech, health care, biotech, etc.
  7. Get a good handle on your transferable skills, talents, and assets. Be able to succinctly articulate what makes you stand out form the crowd (known as your personal brand). There is just a lot more competition out there and your marketing message needs to be crisp and compelling.

 If you are interested in exploring a career change, consider joining our next group coaching for career transition. Aspire’s Career Transition Action Program will commence again in January. Please visit our website for more details: