by Angela Reed
I grew up in the suburbs of Detroit. The Motor City was dead and isolated long before I moved to Boston two years ago to attend college. There seemed to be so much opportunity here. But I’ve come to see that Detroit and Boston are not so different. Beneath the old money and fashion labels, Boston is in a huge hiring freeze. I am experiencing it first hand.
It’s sobering to see thousands of people lined up on a frigid, blustery February morning to find work. That may be why virtually every New York media outlet rushed Tuesday to tell the story of how 5,103 people stood in freezing temperatures to attend Women For Hire’s New York career expo at the Sheraton Hotel in midtown Manhattan. “An even more depressing sight than my portfolio statement” wrote one blogger who lives near the Sheraton on 7th Avenue.
I hear it over and over again: “Nobody’s hiring.” I’d be a fool to argue that jobs are plentiful these days – not with the jobless rate at 7.4 percent. Many people are justifiably worried about when they’ll see their next paycheck. That said, few jobs come easily even in good times. In a buyer’s market, sellers need to be open-minded, flexible and, in some cases, willing to do more for less. The New York Post asked me to find some jobs and with some digging I was able to find a number of open positions in The Big Apple.
As college seniors prepare to enter one of the toughest jobs markets in years, there’s plenty of fear and trepidation — to be expected, given the economy. But when Women For Hire asked campus career officers to assess the hiring and recruiting outlook this spring, we found plenty of optimism and good tips for the Class of ’09. “Seniors need to be more resourceful and creative than ever,” says Richard White, director of career services at Rutgers University. “Networking is always important, but especially this year.”
I need constant inspiration in order to succeed at reaching my goals. Yet we’re constantly bombarded with negative images, negative news and all the doom and gloom of the present day. How can anyone expect to be successful and rise above it all if we’re inundated with completely opposite messages?
Think you’ve got it rough? Ever since her hometown of Fort Myers, Fla., earned the distinction of having the highest rate of foreclosures in the country, Lynette Lorenz has spent the bulk of a year away — 1,200 miles away — from her home and her husband. Read about what’s that’s like for her and husband.