OUR CURRENT RECESSION
In the United States and many other locations around the world there was a massive recession declared during the autumn of 2008. This meant fewer jobs and less money all round. Everybody should have been prepared for this economical meltdown, but nobody, including experienced business leaders could have predicted the vast scale of this contraction. It came like a tornado, wiping out firms like Bear Sterns, Lehmann Brothers and a total of 93 Banks.
WHAT IS A RECESSION?
You can declare that a country is in recession when during two consecutive trimesters it generates a sequential decreasing of the aforementioned indicator (GDP). In economic terms, a recession is a consistent reduction of the national GDP (Gross Domestic Product). A recession produces a contraction in the financial sector and all kinds of businesses people panic, refuse credit or go bankrupt. In simple terms it means the economy is going backwards rather than forwards, creating a national backward trend of financial and economical progress. This leads to fewer jobs and less cash flow nationwide. When recession does occur, everybody should be prepared, especially when the economic forecast is looking downward rather than upward. Remember, recession effects all of us to some degree because we are all part and parcel of the economy, and we all depend on the economy. Without it, there would be a total meltdown of society, nobody will be paid and life would cease. This may be a sad fact, but it is true.
Thankfully, for job seekers, businesses and everyone under the economic umbrella, the recession seems to be reseeding a little, although the economy is still bleeding Jobs and business credit is still slow. If you are going through hard times financially, remember, it is better to smile and look forward than be negative and give up. A recession doesn't last forever. Credit will flow again in the not too distant future and jobs will be plentiful once more. Some economist believe it is a natural cycle of a capitalistic economy to have a recession, while others are simply glad that it did not turn into a depression, like what happened in the 1930's.
FINDING A JOB
One good aspect of the current recession is the knowledge that Online Business and Employment are now a viable option for both employer and employee. The recession hit big because of many poor decisions, but also because globalization made it impossible for companies in the US, UK and Europe to compete with companies in India and China. Now these companies are looking at huge money-saving techniques in order to survive. This will mean many people in the future will work from home so the companies can save vast sums of money on buildings, transport and office space. If you are currently out of work and your experience is suited to freelancing, then you should think about consulting, working from home or becoming your own boss. It is much easier than you think to take control of your future and work from home. The recession has opened people's eyes a variety of different online jobs that they would have never even thought of before they lost their own.
There are lots of people out there with the same title you have, but very few who have a brand that demonstrates results. Don’t put just your job title under your name. That doesn’t make you distinctive nor memorable. Put your brand right up front.
For example, I recently helped a jobseeker who was a city manager. The only thing under his name on his linked in profile was his job title. What’s there now? “City manager good under pressure with an intact sense of humor.”
Which one is more likely to make him stand out from all the other city managers on linked in? Which gives him some personality right away in just a few words? Which one would you be more interested in talking to?
Second, make your summary concise and compelling. Don’t ramble on until you see you’ve run out of space. Try to tell the reader about the problems you solve and the results you get in about 4-6 lines.
Be sure to include the major key words people will be searching for so they can find you. Spend just a little time. You’ll see how just a little information actually makes you more desirable to recruiters and hiring managers.
And finally, show them something extra. Add some articles or presentations you’ve done that represent your expertise. List relevant books you’re reading to show you’re staying current and always learning.
With these kinds of changes, your LinkedIn profile presents you to the recruiter or person you want to network with as someone they should talk to.
Since your profile speaks very loudly about you, make sure it’s saying something important and exciting.