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How to Work in a Bad Economy

April 2nd, 2010

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Graduating in a slow economy can be difficult. With layoffs and hiring freezes, recent graduates are not getting hired like they used to. But while you are waiting to get hired for the first job that will start your career, you can still work in a bad economy.

Job hunting is time-consuming and can feel like a full-time job in itself. But it doesn't pay you for your time, and you still have expenses. You can work in a bad economy by finding a part time job, which typically requires you to work in hourly shifts and less than 40 hours a week. These types of jobs will give you the flexibility you need to still have the time to job hunt and also pay the bills. They can also be resume enhancers and give you some experience somewhat related to your field of interest. If you earned a degree in advertising and your dream agency isn't hiring, working part time as a sales clerk can give you insight on how advertising effects customers in everyday life. It also demonstrates to a potential employer that you took the initiative to work a job you might have been over-qualified for in order to gain experience.

If you don't want to commit to a permanent position because you want to be available when that perfect job does come around, visit a temp agency. Temp agencies find employees for companies who are in need of short-term workers. Recruiters at the agencies interview applicants, assess their skills and abilities, and assign work to them based on their qualifications. Temp jobs can offer you flexibility as you are trying to find permanent employment. As a temp worker, you can specify the hours you want to work, the type of work you are interested in, and even the time periods you are available. For instance, if you have some important interviews coming up and want to have extra time to prepare for them, you can let the agency know that you will be unavailable for assignments within the next few weeks. Also, if you find yourself stuck in a position that really isn't working out for you, you can ask to be moved to another one. Temp jobs can help you gain experience in industries you never thought about before and give your resume a boost because as you can quickly acquire new skills and abilities through each assignment. If you by chance you enjoy a particular assignment and the company is pleased with your performance, they may offer the position to you full time.

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