What recent hires said you should do to prepare for a new job

Question: How has the job market changed since the recession? What will you do to stay current?

As marketing headcount falls in lots of places, I think opportunities exist for freelancers, contractors and small, nimble agencies like mine. Work still needs to get done, but surviving marketing managers have to look for ways to do it faster and cheaper.

“Recently read there are now 3.3 applicants per open job. I still keep my ears to the ground for changes in the job market – good or bad. I’m now pushing for more connections with LinkedIn and keeping my status updated.

Because my job is in the social media field – I try to keep my online presence as professional as possible while still maintaining my own voice.

I’m confident my job is secure, but I’m also one who prepares just in case.”

Job market is very very tight. Be VERY agressive in keeping your skills up to date and acquiring new skills.

Employers simply aren’t hiring as much. And they expect more out of their employees. They don’t want to take as many chances. They want to fill a specific need. To stay current I will continue to develop my specialty while also trying to maintain a broad, transferable skill set.
In order to stay current I continue to hone my skills, read constantly and participate in discussion forums around my industry.

“Less Jobs More Demanding Employers Bigger Candidate Pool”

I think clients are being more cautious, but this is the time to make big things happen!

“It’s very competitive after so many lay-offs, so making a connection to the interviewer as well as showing your ability to do the job makes a difference.”

We see many PhDs applying for our positions these days. We could never get those guys before this year.

Jobs are scarce. Right now, its more important than ever to protect your career investment and carve out a place for yourself in your company.
The market for PR professionals, especially those in agency side, has just gotten worse and I feel fortunate to have been laid off somewhat early. I spend hours out of my day staying current on the trends people are discussing online and in the news and making sure I understand the changes taking place in my industry to prove my value to the company.

The jobs in community management are out there, but the salaries are coming down. With fewer companies paying for employees to go to fewer conferences, the best thing you can do is continue to network with other community management.

“Very keen to bolster my credentials in the area of business & systems analysis with recognised qualifications.Also looking to learn Java and web programming.”

“Fewer jobs posted, but companies more urgent about getting those jobs filled.

Keep up with industry news, mailing lists, etc. Take on new responsibilities to become a more valuable employee (new software, new arenas for marketing, new managerial tasks). Pay careful attention to how much revenue I bring in; try to increase wherever possible.”

keep reading blogs and social media sites.

It’s a lot leaner, especially for high tech, so you need to be smart and frugal when it comes to expenses. Thankfully there is a WEALTH of information on the Internet, so all you need is dedicate time to researching trends, technologies, changes, new directions, etc.

Continue to learn, taking free classes/workshops, reading, trying new things.
Fewer jobs available on the market. I will do a good job and make sure they want to keep me.

I suppose clients will be more carefully spending budget on projects, maybe even interactive ones.
A sh*tload more people are looking for the same jobs and it’s only going to get worse
“Yes, in that company there is not more hiring.

I’m trying to show initiative, work hard, and come with creative ideas.”

“It feels dot bomb like.

I will remain immersed. I will go above and beyond what’s required.

I will keep my network extremely active.”

All are asked to do more with less; to stay current, time management and the ability to show that you are less expendable than the person sitting near you become the order of the day.

I found lots of interested in me, but everyone had put actual hiring on slowburn. Companies are in a wait & watch mode.

In digital in Edinburgh, there hasn’t been too much change. I think digital is still a growth region. At my agency, lots of clients are wanting more digital work as their TV advertising budgets decrease.

Digital and interactive areas have increased; production has grown shorter
“The market has clearly gotten much tighter, but on a bright note, good people are always hard to find. Make sure that people know you are good. Be involved in user/community groups in person and online that reflect your skills and goals.

My new job will entail a lot of networking as I interact with clients and vendors – I think networking is the key to finding the next great job.”
Social Media marketing is very important now — especially in the down economy with very tight marketing and travel budgets. My target audiences don’t have the money to travel to shows or seminars and I don’t have the budget to put on shows and seminars. My target audience doesn’t want to spend money on magazines or rich content and I don’t have budget for formal advertising. So how do I find these people and give them the information that they want?

More people looking, fewer positions open.
I am planning to enroll in courses which will add my skill set. Since I am in the field of online marketing, I plan to get some certifications

I see the job market contracting. As more people are laid off there is more competition for fewer openings. I will keep my pulse on the job market even when I am not in the market for a job.

I’m in Austin. Things are still pretty good here, at least in the tech sector. I had a steady drip of opportunities to pursue all summer and fall. We’ll see what happens going forward.

It is much harder to find a job. Small to medium size companies are closing their open reqs.
There were many more opps when I was looking in April (I left a company, then got a new opp within 5 weeks. I was laid off from that position at the end of June). It’s important to stay on top of your network, both on linkedin as well as your local network. And, very important to keep pace with what’s happening in your industry, even if that means doing a few minor consulting gigs while looking elsewhere for a full-time gig.
Its pretty bad–everyone knows that. Going back to school.

I believe you have to have a niche to sell yourself. You can not be a jack of all trades. If you are good at what you do, there will be value in it & other skills that you bring to the table.

Now “who you know” is more important than ever. Hiring is down, and while companies still higher they are cutting costs where ever they can which also means less money for advertising jobs.

Fewer opportunities and more candidates.

“I have found that if you can find an open slot these days, it must be an extremely important job for the company. Show how you can come in and uniquely add value and post a significant win within your first 90 days.

Network, network, network! Being at a new company, I make sure to take someone I haven’t met yet out to lunch every day. You wouldn’t believe how powerful a $10 lunch is. People will give you guidance and you will build an informal org chart you can use to help you accelerate your ramp up time.”
Keep yourself educated on current business issues, be connected (web 2.0), there are lots of opportunities in any economy and you have to be prepared to capitalize/create opportunity in whatever role you are in.

Too soon to tell. I have a contract which is wrapping up in the next two months and I have three options as to what to do next. Where the interesting projects are seems to be changing. Small companies <$30M can see huge advantages from SaaS offerings as are some international companies. I think there are more opportunities today then there were a year ago. Times are tight. Many of the listings on the internet have been frozen or cut all together. The best way to get hired, again, is to work your network. Stay in a secure industry. Even more work for me than before. Need to find solid network of contractors and freelancers to help out. Obviously there's a lot more competition with so many unemployed people out there. I try to keep up with people via LinkedIn, and even when I'm not actively seeking a job, I have lunch/meet up regularly with different people in my network. You never know when something might come up. very few job openings because company's are either down sizing or not hiring. The company I'm applying to is looking to cut costs. But it's not that severe in Vietnam. I think the best way to stay current is you have to stay ahead of the game. Do the best job. "Competition has increased dramatically. Don't show desperation. Be confident. Be focused and network, network, network. Both online and offline. Oh, and read blogs to stay on top of the latest development in your field." I will finish the degree I need to be secured an ongoing position next year. "Obviously, a lot of the jobs are gone, but I think many are still there. Employers (and potential employees) just can't see them because the opportunity is clouded by the risk. Network, collaborate, read, write, learn." I believe that the market research industry is slightly lagging behind others - the trickle down effect has not hit us yet, but it will shortly, with revised/slashed budgets, and fewer, and less experienced, client-side marketing team. We will have to be leaner and more creative in how we design studies, and will have to provide unique insights that our competitors are lacking. "Far less postings on our college board read blogs, join local associations" yes, more doom and gloom as per every industry. Starting to get more and more into social media. Will look to grow a community via Twitter, linkedin, etc. spend time in social media, go to conferences, keep on web browsing in my niche. it's more competitive obviously. just keep networking, try not to overstretch though- focus on quality of work and quality of relationships. "Got much tighter Pressure on pay scales Lots of folks chasing same good positions Will have to work harder Will have to work smarter Will have to show that they made the right choice and quickly" "Within the IT and tech industry, the job market has slowed during the recession, but not to a point where there is a large lack of jobs. In my field of network and application performance management/monitoring, there were still several jobs presented to me. So if you have skills and experiences targeted more towards ""niche"" areas of focus within a broader industry, you may have a better chance of finding a job quickly. To stay current, I try to keep abreast of general industry news." "1) Keep looking. 2) Take up evening courses to improve skills in areas that I see popping up on job boards 3) Be different. Look at areas completely unrelated to your main level of interest if you observe a trend in the job markets. If you have a high level of technology skills, the additional experience in other areas will differentiate you."