As our economy heads toward a recession, it’s important to prepare your family financially. If you’re unsure about whether or not your job is stable, or want to leave your current job here are a few tips. Use these to help give you an edge when trying to find a job in a struggling economy.

Apply to Growth Industries

It’s no secret that there are certain industries that are essentially ‘recession proof’. Seek out jobs in these lines of work. For example, healthcare, energy, border patrol, education, oil/gas, and security jobs are generally pretty safe. These industries need workers whether the economy is in a good or bad position. If you’re looking for a job that can provide you with some security and longevity, try applying for positions in these fields.


If you’re ever in need of work or even a job change, start dropping feelers out into your network. You never know what you can discover until you try. Getting the word out ensures that even obscure connections can be made. Maybe a friend of a friend’s cousin needs someone to work at their business. Put yourself out there by continuing to network. Make sure everyone knows you’re looking for work and see what comes from that.

Consider Temporary Positions

While you may be looking for steady, full-time employment, taking temporary positions might not be a bad idea. An article written by Margot Carmichael Lester for explains, “If freelancing isn’t practical, try temping. Interim staffing can fill a temporary slot for work that needs to be done despite a bad economy. Or temp with a company that interests you. Many temp roles pay well and can help you pay the bills until a permanent position comes along.”

Sell Yourself

Go back through your resume and cover letter. Make sure you’re putting your best foot forward professionally. What is special about you? What makes you stand out from the multitude of other applicants? When the economy is tough, you need to sell yourself to potential employers if you want to get a job. Show them why you’re the right fit for their open position.

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Stay Positive

You can’t control much in a bad economy, but you can control your attitude. The above mentioned article goes on to say, “The most important thing when searching for a job in tough economic times is to retain a positive attitude. Even in a job market with high unemployment, new opportunities crop up every day. Millions of jobs are available in the U.S. every month—and if each job seeker is looking for just one, those are pretty good odds. Remember that it doesn’t matter how many jobs are or aren’t out there. You’re just looking for one job—the right one for you.”

The job market is becoming increasingly challenging. Where there was once an abundance of jobs, things now look less promising. Use these tips in order to secure a position during a recession