Who’s finding a job in a recession?

I would like to start a series on America’s Job Search focused on job seekers out there who have found a job during the recession, and how they went about getting it, and what advice they might have for other people. Out of fairness, I guess I’ll give an example, and start with myself. Back in December, I left my job in Los Angeles to move back to Massachusetts (just FYI, winter is not the best time to do that). This was obviously in the heart of the recession, and I knew that finding a job would probably take some doing. So I found a freelance position with NaviSite, America’s Job Exchange’s parent company, doing some writing, editing and marketing. And with some freelance work coming in, I started looking for a full time job. I updated all of my social media profiles, made sure that there was nothing incriminating on them, had some friends look over my resume, and let everyone I know in on what kind of job I was trying to find. And I started searching all of the job boards. After a few weeks of searching, I noticed that there were a number of people who were looking for freelancers in marketing and PR, and so, hoping to get some more work to fund my job search, I started appying to those as well. And strangely enough, I got far more callbacks on freelance jobs than I did with for full-time gigs. Pretty soon I had four clients going, one of which is being the Community Manager for America’s Job Exchange, a position that I’m having a great deal of fun at. I also took my own advice about volunteering, and am doing volunteer work for a small alternative energy company, an industry that I’ve very interested in. There’s no sign of a full-time job on the horizon, but I’ve got plenty of freelance work at the moment. So, as I think I’ve mentioned before, I’m seriously considering stopping my job search, and having freelancing be my full-time job. So my job search advice, based on my experience, is not to turn down small, one off or part time gigs. These can provide you with great experience, new contacts, and of course some extra cash. Even if you don’t want to freelance for the rest of your life, it can be something great to do on a limited basis. Second piece of advice, is don’t jump on a job just because you feel like you need one. If you don’t think that you’ll be happy at a job, don’t take it. Even in a recession, there are other jobs out there. And stay optimistic! If you’re interested in telling your job seeker story on this here blog, then contact me on twitter or leave me a comment here!

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