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Finding Work in a Tough Job Market

January 11th, 2012

Although we talked last week and the week before about how the Inland Empire job market is slowly improving and is expected to do so throughout this year and next, we know how tough it is out there for our candidates to find work. After all, combined, Riverside and San Bernardino counties have one of the higher unemployment rates in the country, sill in the low two digits.

So here are some tips to help you find work in a tough job market.

1) Take action. After all, you can be sure you won’t find a job if you sit around lamenting your state and throwing yourself a great big pity party. Yes, things will start slow – they always do in a job hunt – and you’ll feel as if nothing is happening for the first few days or weeks of your search.

But there’s a wonderful little thing called momentum and it applies to your job hunt, too. Get busy and do so quickly and you’ll soon enough see that you’re going on several interviews and receiving job offers. In fact, chances are by the time you accept a job, you’ll more than likely be receiving one or two additional offers from other companies. We see this happen all the time.

2) Speaking of taking action, don’t sit around all day. Just don’t. Volunteer if you must (at least you’ll be making connections and staying off your couch), be we highly recommend that you register with staffing services such as Arrow Staffing. Sign up with more than one (talk to us about how to handle it when you receive two assignments from competing services). Working for a staffing service is really working. It’s a real job. So real that you can – and definitely should – put it on your resume.

3) Always be looking. In fact, look at every conversation and/or meeting you have with anyone as if you’re having an interview. After all, you never know when you’ll hear of an opening.

4) Remember that no one hires you because they’re feeling benevolent. No. Companies hire you because you have the skill, the knowledge or the background that will help them solve problems. The problem of finding customers (marketing). The problem of getting product delivered (warehouse work). The problem of making sales (salespeople). The problem of keeping a company running smoothly (managers, assistants, etc.). Know what problem you solve for a potential employer and be ready to articulate it.

5) Finally, as mentioned above, contact a recruiter at Arrow Staffing. Depending on what our clients’ needs are on a day-to-day basis and what problems you can solve (what skills you bring), we could have you working within mere days. Contact us today!

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