This is a question I get almost daily from clients as they try to figure out where to “go” in terms of a new career path. There are no hard and fast answers to this question as it seems to change so often that it is pretty difficult to pin-point one area that is truly “hot.”
One area that has heated up recently, much to everyone’s surprise is the manufacturing sector. Skilled machinists are in high demand as are Quality Control, Engineers, assemblers, etc. This sector has been considered dormant for a long time and many people were being laid off as more and more small factories were shuttered and/or going to one shift where they previously had run three. That is no longer the case, at least for now. Factories are hiring! If you are a CNC machinist with a few years experience, not only can you find work, you will be able to command anywhere from $18.00 to $28.00 an hour for your services, particularly if you can program, set-up and operate.
Everyone is always saying that the “medical field” is where you should be concentrating but from my experience, there seems to be an over abundance of people who have been training for everything from medical billing and coding to CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) and while these are jobs that are being advertised, many times the billing and coding jobs are going ONLY to people with experience. As for CNA’s, most have to begin on a per diem or part-time basis as there are hundreds if not thousands of people looking for jobs in this area.
Human Services (Social Services) is hiring as well as more and more people need help with everything from energy assistance to finding a bed in a local shelter due to the economy. But, many non-profits are facing limited funding and as such, they are trying to make do with less staff and more volunteers. There are a lot of unemployed people out there so more and more people are volunteering their time so there is no lack of help that is available for free. It is still a viable field, but do not expect to find a job easily with no experience.
Using Labor Market Information (found on the Dept. of Labor’s website) can be very useful as you decide what direction to take. Use this and know what is happening in the state in terms of what is hot and what is not. www.ctdol.state.ct.us/
Using career assessments such as My Next Move http://www.mynextmove.org/ can really help you to pinpoint not only your interests, but where the jobs are in what you are interested in. Contact your local One Stop Career Center found on the Department of Labor’s website for workshops and more information about using My Next Move.
With some hard work, and by adding some updated skills to your resume, you can become more marketable. Finding a full time job is a full time job! If you treat your job search as such, you will fare much better than someone who is half-heartedly applying to jobs that look as though they could be a fit. We all have marketable skills. Think outside of the box. Quantify those accomplisments in your resume and your cover letter. Work at the job search! Network with others. Make your time count.
Remember this if you are discouraged. Unemployment may be hovering at 9% but that means that 91% ARE working! That is what keeps me sane in this crazy time we are living in.