Finding Employment in a Tough Economy

By Alan L. Olsen CPA, MBA (tax)
Managing Partner
Greenstein, Rogoff, Olsen and Co., LLP

Are you struggling to find work? Although the job market may be rough, there are several things that you can do to prepare for employment. The following tips may help:

1. Network, Network, Network. The phrase, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” is often heard when networking. Network to find connections that may lead to career opportunities. Become involved with organizations in your industry, continuing education conferences and workshops, college alumni associations and social media. The more you get your name out there, the better your chance of finding work.

2. Before they see you in person, they see you on paper. Do your best to have a perfect resume. Make sure that you use appropriate grammar and that you include relative experiences to the job for which you are applying. Use active verbs that draw in your potential employer and keep them interested. Keep your resume short and concise. Most potential employers won't take the time to read through a long and wordy resume. Before submitting your resume to companies, have a professional or friend in your field critique it.

3. Look the Part. When being interviewed, be confident. Dress appropriately. A suit is okay; impress your potential employer.

4. Know the Facts. When you go into a job interview, prepare well. Do your homework. Know who is on the Management Team of the company. When was the company founded? What services does the company offer? Who is their target market? What can you contribute to the company to make it a better place?

5. Follow-up. After you are interviewed, follow-up with the company to see if they are considering you. Send a thank-you card for the time that they took to interview you.

Employment is not always easy to come by in a tough economy. Make sure to prepare well if you are searching for work.