Out-of-Work Professionals are Saying ‘No’ to Unemployment Checks

Teena Rose helped me with the resume chapter for my book, Words From Home: Start, Run and Profit from a Home-Based Word Processing business (available on my site www.virtualwordpublishing.com. I think you’ll enjoy her latest article.

Disappointed with Limited Employment Opportunities, Professionals are Refusing
to Hit the Unemployment Lines, Turning a Bad Situation into a Prime Opportunity.
Written by Teena Rose; http://www.resumebiz.com

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Americans never lack a burning drive to succeed, even during a recession. Rather
than face unemployment or under-employment, professionals are taking their existing skills and reapplying them, cushioning their current job against having any impact on their financial stability or futures.

The mad rush to find even a mediocre job is being replaced by a thirst for finding
viable, recession-proof businesses. The proposition of helping jobseekers is
what originally drew Dan Harper to the idea of resume writing as a business after
leaving the U.S. Army in 1996. A resident of Madison, Wisconsin, Dan was recently
let go from Fiserv, after a second round of layoffs. “When I asked my son what
I could do if I wasn’t working in information technology, he said I should be a resume writer,” said Dan. Resume writing, he admits, took a back seat while he continued searching for project management jobs. He only started to take the idea to fruition once he learned an estimated 1,300 to 1,500 people were also competing for the same project management jobs — hence his business, The Uber Group, was born.

Dan isn’t the only one shifting career focus. Recruiters whose industry has been bruised and battered are shifting job roles as well, adding job search and career services to avoid being a jobseeker themselves. Amy Castoro, a staffing and recruiting professional who has worked for major companies such as Walt Disney, Adecco and Right Management, started her company
and began offering interview training, resume writing, and coaching as the recruitment industry declined. “The recruiting industry was hit hard by the balancing of the economy. My ability to translate my skill as a recruiter into my own business has been the sole reason I am generating income,” says Amy.

Resume writing does take certain skill and therefore not everyone is cut out
for it, advises Teena Rose, author of “Start Your Resume-Writing Business: The Ultimate Resource to Building a $100,000 Business.” She offers three nuggets of advice to those weighing this type of business:

• First, factor the salary differences between a job and a business. Unlike a
job, a new business can start strong or start weak — financial instability can
be unacceptable for some.

• Second, know your personal traits and what motivates you. Some people work
better individually, while others need a team to stay motivated and on task.
Make sure you’re someone who can manage and steer a business simultaneously.

Third, be prepared for continuous personal and professional growth to remain profitable and competitive. Regardless of what the millions “so-called” online resume writers say, resume writing is more difficult and complex than it looks.

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Written by Teena Rose, author of “Start Your Resume-Writing Business: The Ultimate Resource to Building a $100,000 Business,” is a long-time career professional who started her business from the corner of her bedroom and saw clients at her dining room table. Mrs. Rose shifted from being home-based to an office/retail front, and then back to home again. Known throughout the resume-writing community, she shares her experiences on how to start, operate, and profit within her latest
book. Download her book @ http://www.resumebiz.com

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