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Job Hunting in a Recession

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As the UK heads into a recession, many are predicting tougher times ahead for jobseekers. But it’s important to remember that the job market for skilled trades doesn’t tend to fluctuate as much as others do at times like these….

After all - with over 40 million cars on the road in this country, the motor industry will always need mechanics and motor technicians!

Still with more competition out there – it’s always better to be prepared when you’re job hunting.

Here are six simple steps that you can take when looking for a job in a recession:

1.      Make sure your CV is up to date

It might sound obvious, but your CV is the first thing employers look at so it’s the first chance that you get to make a good impression. Include your most recent job and any training or projects you have taken on recently. Highlight each roles’ key responsibilities in a short paragraph or bullet-pointed list and try not to leave any gaps in employment unexplained.

2.     Cast your net wide

You might have to put the dream job on hold for the time being. Now is not the time to be picky - keep an eye out for any and all opportunities in your sector instead. That being said though, if you spot a role that you’d be really passionate about, you should definitely apply for it - even if you don’t meet all of the points listed on the job spec. A lot of employers would rather have someone who’s passionate, even if it means a bit of on-the-job training…

3.     Build up your skills

If you do find yourself between jobs, a part-time job or some temporary work will look better on your CV than nothing at all. Also, sometimes, these kinds of contracts get extended or eventually lead to full-time, so it’s good to at least get your foot in the door somewhere where possible.

On the other hand, if you’re in the position to complete some training or a vocational course, now might be a good time to get that under your belt… This kind of pro-active attitude will look really impressive at your next interview!

4.     Use your network

There’s no shame in letting people know that you’re looking for a new job. Ask friends, family and former colleagues if they know of anyone hiring. Take a look over on LinkedIn and update your profile/make some new connections there.

5.     Stay positive and keep going!

Sending out application forms and being met with repeat rejections can be hard – but try not to get disheartened. Take a day off from your job search every so often so as not to get bogged down. Seek support when you need it and if you know other people who are also looking for work, why not ping them a message and agree to keep each other motivated?

6.     Register your details with recruiters and agencies

We can’t stress enough how important it is to speak to a professional when you need help with your job search!

Here at Auto Skills, we have employers approaching us with new vacancies every single day. When you register with a recruiter like us, we’ll contact you straight away about the most relevant opportunities for you. Plus your consultant will include a recommendation, giving you a leg up above the candidates who are applying by themselves.

Ready to get started? Register with Auto Skills and upload your CV here then head to our Jobs Board to see the latest automotive vacancies…