2003-08-07 / Business & Finance

Recession Teaches Workers To Be Prepared For Job Interviews

Recession Teaches Workers To Be Prepared For Job Interviews

If there’s one lesson workers have learned during the recession, it’s this: Be prepared. Thirty-nine percent of workers polled said they are very prepared to conduct a job search if they were to lose their job suddenly; another 41 percent said they are somewhat ready.

The survey was developed by Of-ficeTeam and was conducted by an independent research firm and includes responses from 613 men and women, all at leastn 18 and employed.

Survey respondents were asked, "How prepared are you to conduct a job search if you were to lose your job tomorrow?" Their responses:

Very prepared 39%

Somewhat prepared 41%

Somewhat unprepared 9%

Not at all prepared 11%

"Many workers have learned firsthand that layoffs can come suddenly and without warning," said Liz Hughes, vice president of OfficeTeam. "While employees cannot control the job market, they can take proactive steps to get organized for their next search."

Hughes added that advanced planning is key to success. "People who are prepared put time on their side; they can focus their efforts on establishing solid first contact with an em-ployer, versus rushing to update re-sumes and reference lists."

Hughes suggests focusing on the following areas to be more prepared:

•Your resume - Don’t stop at updating the content. Share the document with trusted friends and ask for their feedback. Is the document error-free? Does it speak to your greatest strengths? Is it compelling enough to cause a hiring manager to call for an interview? Keep working on it until you get a "yes" response to all three questions.

• Your references - Do you know who you would tap for your reference list? Call these individuals now so you can update their contact information and gauge their interest.

• Your network - It’s much easier to ask for help when you keep in touch with your contacts. If you’ve dropped out of sight from professional organizations, volunteer groups and social circles, make an effort to reconnect.

• Your skills - Check with your contacts and review current job postings to find out. You may discover that additional training in a certain area would boost your marketability.

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