I'm sure I don't have to tell you that reading the newspaper lately -- particularly the business section -- can be a depressing experience. In the New York Times today, for example, I counted no less than 18 headlines focused, in one way or another, on our country's current economic mess. On the subject of jobs, in particular, I read stories on an increase in New York's unemployment rate, slashed jobs at Microsoft, and a column projecting "withering" paychecks for Wall Street workers who are lucky enough to survive the ax. If you are currently in a corporate management job -- even one that's not fulfilling for you -- all of this doom and gloom is probably encouraging you to keep your head down, suck it up and forget about looking for a better job. After all, there aren't any job openings out there anyway, right? Wrong. Certainly, the overall rate of joblessness has been increasing in the United States over the past year, and that is expected to continue for at least two more quarters, and perhaps longer. But the organizational changes that occur within companies during periods of economic turmoil can actually yield new opportunities -- including many that might not have become available if not for a change in the winds of the marketplace. When companies take a close look at their organizations to streamline and improve efficiency, they often identify new positions that are needed while eliminating others.

It's a time when corporations are forced to be creative, and if you are opportunistic, you can pounce on these opportunities through networking and otherwise keeping your ear to the ground. For example, I have an acquaintance who recently became a vice president at a Fortune 1000 company. It was a new position created when another executive role was removed from the org chart. Did you know that our RiseSmart Job Concierge team is currently searching among more than one million senior-level job openings online? That's a lot of jobs -- and a lot of opportunity for someone who refuses to be dissuaded by the doom and gloom in the papers. Try us out for free today to find out for yourself.

23 January 2009

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