Searching for a job during the credit crunch isn’t easy. Many companies have been making cuts wherever they can, cutting down on company positions and making employees redundant. Those who have jobs are doing everything possible to hold on to their positions, while those who don’t are eager to take any employment opportunities that may come their way. So the thought of finding a specific job in a specialised field seems, to many, unlikely - if not almost impossible.
However, even in the midst of a troubled economy, specialised sectors continue to require both experienced and entry level employees. Indeed, some industries have strengthened, needing more employees, while others are taking measures to fine-tune their operations during the credit crunch - which means many require specialists. Alternatively, other types of businesses are working hard to expand their spectrum of expertise based on the demands of the industry - which, once again, means they’re always on the lookout for prospective employees with a diverse set of skills.
So, if the jobs you want are out there, what’s keeping you from finding them? Often, it’s just a matter of searching in the right places and by the right means, ultimately enabling you to hone in on the perfect job.
When searching for a specific type of job it helps to first research whether there are any job sites dedicated to your industry of interest. If there are, you’re likely to find many more positions relevant to your interests. The reason for this is that specialist industry job search sites do half the work for you, right at the outset - that is, they provide you with a resource dedicated to the industry you’re interested in. Then, all you have to do is search for particular positions within that industry. Since the site is dedicated, it’s more likely to return more positions relevant to you.
However, another way to source jobs in a specific field - for example, jobs in energy - is to hone your search by company. If you’re even relatively familiar with an industry, you’re likely to be able to name at least a handful of associated companies. You can always refer to jobs posted by these companies on their own websites, to see if any of them match your skills.
Alternatively, many companies take CVs to keep on file, in case a position that matches should come up. So even if you don’t immediately find a post that’s right for you, it’s still worth sending your cover letter and CV to relevant HR departments, in the event that something becomes available. While the credit crunch has certainly tightened the job market, you shouldn’t feel that you can’t find a job that’s right for you; however, it is important that you use the right tools and look in the appropriate places.
Andrew Regan writes for a digital marketing agency. This article has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.