blasted on my last blog posting by suggesting that the government not extend
unemployment benefits past 99 weeks, I now know that intense anger that the
unemployed have in this retched job market.
I was called a rich bitch, insensitive, a witch, arrogant and told to
“enjoy my turkey while others were out in the cold with no place to live”.
I was chastised for
the audacity of even questioning that unemployment benefits be cut off and
criticized for suggesting that unemployment compensation has become
“unemployment welfare”. Perhaps, my
delivery of the message was a bit harsh, but my point was not to insult job
seekers on unemployment compensation but to suggest they try new methods in
looking for work and know that for some what they were doing in the past may
not be an opportunity for them in the future.
I still believe
that the longer someone is unemployed the more difficult it will be to get back
into the job market. Some employers are not
forgiving and do prefer that job candidates have a job when they apply to a
company. This certainly was true when I was dealing with companies in executive
search. Yet, with this “new economy”
with so many talented people out of work, my hope is that companies will be
more open to hire people based on their skills and experience.
It is always better
to be working somewhere while looking for a job in your given field. It is better for your mental health; making
contacts and helping you deal with the anxiety that accompanies a job
search. There are success stories in
this difficult job market and some are getting work through networking, perseverance,
adjustment in their lifestyle and a lot of luck. They also have taken on work or ventured into
new careers in areas they never dreamed of to pay their rent or mortgage and to
survive in this difficult economy.
The following are (10)
jobs where workers are needed and though they may not be in marketing,
architecture, finance or advertising, they do help pay the bills and may even
act as a bridge to a new career.
The pet industry still thrives in this Walker-
market. People that work need
someone to walk their dogs. Dog
walkers make $15-20 per walk.
- Home Care for the Elderly- People are
living longer and as they age they want to stay in their homes. Many just
need someone to be there for them to make sure they don’t injure
themselves. Pay averages from $10-$15/Hr.
- Property Management- Residential and
commercial buildings need someone to manage them even in a down
economy. Experience is not always
needed to get a job in this field.
Pay ranges from $20-30K for part-time to $65k-80K for full time.
- Doorperson at a high-rise- Residential
buildings are always in need of a doorperson since the turnover is
high. No prior experience needed in
many cases. Union membership often
required once you get the job. The
pay averages $12-15/Hr for union employees, less for non-union
- Security Guards- In a bad economy there
is more crime and more security is needed. The pay averages $12-18/Hr.
- Debt Collector- With people struggling
they are following behind on bills which need to be collected. This position is usually paid by giving
a percentage of monies collected.
- Contract Cleaning workers/Housekeeper-
Though there have been cutbacks in contract cleaning building still need
to be cleaned and most of the work is done at night. Pay varies depending on what city and
property you work in.
- Restaurant Hostess- If you are
personable and lucky enough to find a position at a popular restaurant
this is a great place to meet people and network. Pay ranges between
- Restaurant Server- If you know someone
that owns a restaurant this is a good way to make money and still have
time to look for a job. Low base pay plus tips.
Avon, Marykay Kay, Carlisleor Shaklee agent. Hosting home parties and creating your
own business for any one of these products is a great way to tap into your
network and offer value to a customer.
It’s an inexpensive way to get into your own business and get out
meeting people at networking events.
This job market is
the worse I have ever seen. Yet, there
are jobs and career paths that are available.
I have changed careers in my life, though never easy, it is
possible. It starts with a seed and
grows into a sunflower. I once was
forced to take a job at a contract cleaning company as a sale rep where I
counted toilets for a living. It wasn’t
my first choice for a career, but I became really good at it and stayed in the
industry for 5 years, until I could find work in another area. That job got me
back in the workforce, a new apartment and a car. I am thankful for it and would do it all over