Help Wanted – How to Find in Job in this Economic Quagmire

The fear of the economy is weighing heavily on many people. Cost-cutting, poor stock market news, and restructuring are just some of the many news items we hear daily. During a respite in church last week, a parishioner told me her husband had been terminated after 24 years. Happy Holidays! Even retail sales are decreasing, illustrating signs of a dismal Christmas. A Bah Humbug! spirit claims many. This year is not ending the way it began.

Incredibly, there is a positive aspect amongst the “shock and awe.” If you are in current transition or know someone who is, there is hope. According to Challenger and Gray, an outplacement consultation firm, numerous businesses and industries ignore recessionary issues. These are the businesses that will thrive, no matter what, in any economy; they are the heartbeat of every international economy.

Education. Education thrives in any economy. Each nation requires a competent workforce. In the United States alone, education continues to expand with the introduction of both charter and online education formats. New adjunct and teaching jobs are required to educate the new workforce. As downsizing, restructuring, or whatever the new term, individuals will re-educate to apply new methods for new positions.

Healthcare. The aging population of both the Baby Boomers and veterans brings an urgency for healthcare professionals. Individual physician, hospitals, and specialized healthcare will require assistance. As individuals age, nursing homes, technicians, and record transcription services will provide numerous opportunities.

Fitness. The aging of veterans, Baby Boomers, and Generation X will require a review of physical health. Since many corporations are cutting healthcare benefits, individuals will need to review their health. The aging symptoms of diabetes, obesity, cancer, and heart disease affects over 100 million Americans. Gymnasiums and fitness professionals will flourish, caring for those that desire change.

Energy. The new administration of Barack Obama will hold to campaign promises of developing alternative energy. As the earth’s resources diminish, it is necessary to find new energy to support the increased population.

Environmental. The diminishing of the earth’s resources and current issues of both global warming and toxic waste provide a renewal for “green” alternatives. Many corporations, even real estate professionals, are focusing attention in this area. Green skills will provide tremendous growth opportunities.

Child Care. Individuals work and as the Millennials become family-oriented, both parents will work. The need for services to a population of 80 million will be in great demand.

Pet Care. Most individuals love animals and they require care. With over 100 million pets in the United States, veterinary care is a growing industry.

Globalization. We no longer live in isolated environments. The world is now global and so must you be. Talent in many industries is vital as Eastern Europe and Asia seek educational assistance and the United States, technical. International business opportunities will continue to grow, especially for those cross-culturally proficient.

Consulting. Since restructuring is a new corporate habit, there is a vital need for short-term specialized services. With a limit on internal resources, consultants aid in short-term crisis. What is an available specialization you can market? Expertise is never in limited demand.

Security. The avatar for security is the increase of terrorism. Expertise is vital in securing borders and public areas of interest. Second, crime increases during economic uncertainty and additional resources placates criminal activity.

Personal Care. Everyone needs to care for him- or herself. Services such as barbers, hair beauticians, nail technicians, and clothiers always succeed. In good and bad times, individual requirements for personal care is a necessity.

Dry Cleaning. Similar to personal care, individuals still require the cleaning of suits, ties, shirts, blouses, skirts, etc. Dry cleaning is a necessity.

Home Improvement. Residential and commercial sales decline but the need for improvement always exists. Do It Yourself and residential improvement services, especially for storage, are an increasing need.

Legal Services. From wills to bankruptcies, individuals always require legal assistance. Whether from an attorney or paralegal, the growing populace requires this expertise.

Non- Profit. The not-for-profit world is continually isolated from a recession. Volunteerism requires continually renewing resources to assist growth. In addition, Barack Obama advocates volunteerism, especially exemplified during his candidacy when he said he would play a great role in increasing this area.

If your job has been eliminated or you believe your job is threatened, now is the time to look for new opportunities. As quickly as the recession began, it diminishes slowly. Rather than seeking work in places of little need, decreasing need and threatened, now is the time to seek new opportunities in growing fields. One need not look at the current economy as bleak; simply as change. Find renewal and growth in a new area where you can have passion, be safe, and live in more content.

2008. Drew J. Stevens PhD. All rights reserved.

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Drew Stevens helps individuals dramatically accelerate business growth. Drew has built four profitable and growing businesses during three economic downturns. Drew’s coaching and mentoring provide you with a return on investment, never to look back! Attend Drew's FREE Teleseminar on Thriving in the Volatile Economy located at: