(10) Recession Resistant Jobs to Consider When Looking for Work

(10) Recession Resistant Jobs to Consider When Looking for Work

DogWalkerimage.jpgAfter getting
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.

  • Dog Walker- The pet industry still thrives in this
    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, Carlisle or 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


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  • I totatlly agree with the article. There are jobs out there. I've been doing a Shaklee business part-time for the past few years. This past year my business increased over 20%. People want what we are offering; better health and the abilitity to create your own future.

    If anyone would like to check out the opportunity simply go to: www.hisassociates.com

  • In reply to hisassociates:

    Shaklee is a great company. Do they still sell the little crunches to put in shakes and cereal? Congrats on building a profitable business. Thanks for your comment.

  • In reply to hisassociates:

    ALL jobs, including the ones mentioned above, are counted in the DOLs number of available jobs. The facts still remain that for every 1 person hired, four will still be without a job.

  • Great article! You've provided some excellent resources here! There's got to be SOMETHING for everyone out there. What we do to pay the bills doesn't have to be a career; you're absolutely right! I'm certainly not going to give up my dreams based on anyone who cuts me a paycheck. In the end, we're all just working for ourselves, to meet some goal, reach something we want in life, and how we get there is part of the journey, the fun of life! Again, great article. I think it's wonderful you're taking a stance. Better to come out and say you believe in something than to sit on the fence because, shoot, who says you can't change your mind in five years? :D

  • In reply to RachelWolfe:

    Hi Rachel, Thanks for your positive comment. You are right about managing your own career and taking part in the journey. It's all about getting out there and doing what you need to do to pay your bills without losing sight of your dreams.

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