Reinvent yourself

With the economy getting even worse, what is one to do to find a job? Well, it really depends on your skill set and the industry where you work.

Many of my friends who work in the media business and in the financial markets have lost the jobs. Unfortunately, these are jobs that are unlikely to return. At least, they won’t be exactly the same and I’m sure there will be less of them than before the crisis. So in some cases, it makes sense for you to re-think about how smart it really is for you to try to get another job in that industry.

If you’re a journalist and have both English and Spanish skills, you can branch out into other areas, such as writing consumer market research reports for companies such as Mintel www.mintel.com or Nielsen www.nielsen.com.

Or you can work at the public relations or communications department of a large company that is currently doing well such as Walmart http://jobs-walmart.icims.com/jobs/intro

Or McDonald’s http://sh.webhire.com/Public/491.

You can also try to start your own business, something that Latinos are naturally prepared to do. As immigrants and children of immigrants we still have that great entrepreneurial gene that makes us great entrepreneurs. Look beyond what you were doing before you got laid off and come up with a business plan to make it happen. It may be the fastest way to getting back on your feet and you may be much happier than you were before.

There is no lack of great opportunities out there that you can take advantage of: from repairing household appliances (people will be less inclined to throw them out and buy new ones!), to buying and selling brand name-used clothing, to providing financial advice to families sending their kids to college or who need to refinance their homes, to coaching people on how to improve their resumes, to tutoring adults on using the Internet to improve their skills. The list is endless. Just take a deep look at your skills and experience, match it with one of the opportunities available in the market right now, and you will be on your way to a new career path.

There are plenty of online universities where you can acquire additional skills to help you in the new field of your choice such as Kaplan http://www.kaplan.edu or University of Phoenix http://www.phoenix.edu and you can also check your local community college.

Don’t let the general gloom and doom environment get you down. There are always diamonds hidden regardless of how tough the economy gets!

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