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3 Strategies For Job Searching In A Pandemic Induced Recession

Alexandra Marvar,

By some measures, unemployment in the U.S. is approaching 20%. By others, it is “literally off the charts.”

A recent episode of Fast Company’s Secrets of the Most Productive People podcast tackled the intimidating prospect of job hunting in the midst of the pandemic-induced recession.

Bisnow spoke to a commercial real estate recruiter for additional input on how to land a new opportunity despite the state of the industry.


1.Don’t Be Afraid To Focus On The Short-Term

As Talent Inc. CEO and founder Jeff Berger wrote for Fast Company, don’t be afraid to consider short-term moves.

“Think about what you can do today, or during the next 30, 60 and 90 days,” Berger said. “This is not about forever, it’s about right now. No one will penalize you for taking a job outside of your field or career path for a little while.”

CRE Recruiting founder and principal Allison Weiss agreed that, ultimately, a hiatus or detour on a résumé is less likely than ever to be a red flag for an employer. “I have had clients in the past who’ve been really sensitive to movement,” she said. “They want to see a certain number of years of experience. That becomes more difficult to come by with every passing year.”

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