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Could a Recession Boost Your Career?

Onramping working moms may find plenty of job opportunities

by YourOnRamp Mom  |  2408 views  |  2 comments  |        Rate this now! 

Neck-snapping, vertiginous, nausea-inducing -- all appropriate descriptions of the stock market ride this week. We are dangerous close to the 20-percent drop in the market, signaling a bear market. You can't open a newspaper without seeing the "R word" thrown casually around. Yes, Virginia, we are headed for a recession.

What does that mean for onrampers? Like any challenging time, you can either look at it with foreboding or as an opportunity. I prefer to look at the coming (current?) recession as a boon for those who want to find flexible, part-time, and possibly temporary professional work.

The Wall Street Journal reported recently that publicly-traded companies are not buying back their outstanding shares, as they often do when stock prices dip. CEOs seem to be taking a wait-and-see approach, reluctant to commit large amounts of capital during these uncertain times. If companies are unwilling to commit their resources, it makes sense that hiring will slow as well. This presents an opportunity for onrampers who can come in on a project basis, filling in for employees on leave or taking up the slack when companies don't have the budget for a new hire.

As companies become more and more comfortable with the idea of a "transitional" workforce, the door opens for onrampers. Finding the perfect onramper job is a matter of having the right skills, a robust network, and good timing. Community college courses are a perfect way to brush up on or acquire new skills. Building and maintaining a strong network is essential to any successful job search. As for timing, the dreaded "R word" just might bring the right opportunity for onrampers.

How has the current economic outlook affected your employment outlook?

2 comments so far...

  • The state of economy has actually helped me gain readers on my money saving blog. Many people used to think couponing and deal seeking was a hassle. These days a lot of people are looking for ways to cut down on their expenses and are willing to get the scissors out to cut a few coupons each week. I compile all of my daily finds and post them on my blog. This includes deals, sales, free samples and printable coupons.


    Flag as inappropriate Posted by on 14th May 2009

  • My job is fairly secure, but budget cuts will increase my workload yet again and make it more and more difficult to do. My job? I'm an elementary teacher. Yes, recessions hit us hard, too.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Daisy on 2nd February 2008