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May 27, 2012 2 comments

A family friend lost his job in the recession period 3 years back as his department at a multinational bank closed down. He is still without a job.

Initially he refused jobs which were with local organizations or which were paying less than his earlier job as he did not want a “step down”. His parents supported him and argued that taking up a lower paying job would be insulting. I explained to them that the skill set which this friend had and the kind of experience that he had was quite easily available in the market hence it might be tougher to get a higher paying role. Better thing would be to accept a slight compromise. The only other option was to upgrade skills and look for a better opportunity.

Unfortunately he did neither. Today he is unable to get an interview call as he is unable to explain a 3 year gap on his resume. He is willing to compromise now but there is an even bigger candidate pool available for the skill set he possesses.

He is not alone in such a situation. Every day we talk to a number of candidates who have been out of work for quite sometime and did not accept employments for various reasons,and now find themselves struggling to get any work.

For those who are in similar situations, here’s what you need to do

  1. Shed your Ego – and do it now. There is no shame in accepting a lower paying job or a lower designation in rough times and look for better ones when times change.
  2. Keep doing something – Stagnation in any form is bad, so keep doing any kind of work. Do freelancing, consult someone, teach, mentor, whatever. Show that you are not an idler
  3. Learn new stuff – If you can afford to, use the downturn to get some new skills and certificates. Not only do you add to your employability, you also escape the downgrade.
  4. Network- always. Whether in job or out of it, keep talking and connecting to people, not with the sole intention of asking a job.  Look at contributing to your network and they will remember you.
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