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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Recession-Proof Careers

Book Description

Keeping your job is job one.

In these uncertain economic times, secure employment is more important than ever.

The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Recession-Proof Careers presents all of the information needed to make an informed decision about choosing a career that ensures your continued employability.

*Wide range of career fields presents a plethora of ideas for career paths

*Each career is described in detail so that the reader has a clear picture of the job requirements, salary, and experience and schooling needed

*Handy appendices outline the best careers by growth, salary, and geography as well as resources for job sites, fairs, and organizations

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Dedication
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Foreword
  5. Introduction
  6. Part 1 - The Recession Procession
    1. Chapter 1 - Recession Proofing 101
      1. What Is a Recession-Proof Career?
      2. Is Your Career Recession Proof?
      3. Labor Market Trends
      4. Criteria for Recession-Proof Careers
      5. Outsourced Careers
    2. Chapter 2 - Take This Job and Transfer It
      1. The Best Transferable Skills
      2. Stable Careers with Overlapping Skill Sets
      3. The Steps Required for a Career Change
    3. Chapter 3 - What It Takes to Make Yourself Recession Proof
      1. Is Your Resumé Recession Proof?
      2. Tell Me About Your Experience
      3. Study! Study! Study!
      4. Be Aware of Software
      5. What a Performance
      6. Networking
    4. Chapter 4 - Turning Recession-Proof Obstacles into Stepping-Stones
      1. Why People Don’t Take Charge of Their Careers
      2. Solutions to Overcoming the Biggest Obstacles
      3. Drowning Out the Negativity
  7. Part 2 - Here’s to Your Health
    1. Chapter 5 - Medical Professionals Need a Hand
      1. Physician Assistants
      2. Surgical Technologists
      3. Dental Hygienists
      4. Medical and Health Services Managers
      5. Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
      6. Veterinary Technologists and Technicians
    2. Chapter 6 - The People and Medications That Keep Us Healthy
      1. What Do You Care For?
      2. Registered Nurses
      3. Personal and Home-Care Aides
      4. Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics
      5. Pharmacists
      6. Medical Scientists
    3. Chapter 7 - Therapy for the Mind, Body, and Soul
      1. Counselors
      2. Physical Therapists
      3. Occupational Therapists
      4. Personal Appearance Workers
  8. Part 3 - Learn to Teach
    1. Chapter 8 - The People Who Shape Our Children
      1. Child-Care Workers
      2. Preschool Teachers
      3. Kindergarten, Elementary, and Middle School Teachers
      4. Teacher Assistants
    2. Chapter 9 - Specialty Teachers and Counselors
      1. Postsecondary and Vocational Teachers
      2. Self-Enrichment Teachers
      3. Special Education Teachers
      4. Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
    3. Chapter 10 - Math, Science, Adult Literacy, and Online Teachers
      1. Math and Science Teachers
      2. Online and Distance Learning
      3. Additional Paths to Teaching
  9. Part 4 - Climate Control
    1. Chapter 11 - The Science of Going Green
      1. Geoscientists
      2. Environmental Scientists and Hydrologists
      3. Atmospheric Scientists
      4. Cutting-Edge Scientists
    2. Chapter 12 - Engineering a Green Future
      1. Environmental Engineers
      2. Civil Engineers
      3. Agricultural Engineers
      4. Nuclear Engineers
    3. Chapter 13 - Hazardous Materials, Sewage, and Green Utilities
      1. Hazardous Materials Removal Workers
      2. Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners
      3. Green Utilities
  10. Part 5 - Honor and Defend Your Country
    1. Chapter 14 - Careers In and Around the Law
      1. Private Detectives and Investigators
      2. Paralegals and Legal Assistants
      3. Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
      4. Correctional Officers
      5. Security Guards
    2. Chapter 15 - Govern Your Career in the Government
      1. Working for the Nation’s Largest Employer
      2. Careers in Homeland Security
      3. Opportunities in the Armed Forces
    3. Chapter 16 - Give Back to Your Community
      1. Community Service Managers
      2. Social and Human Services Assistants
      3. Urban and Regional Planners
  11. Part 6 - Scratch Your Career Itch with a Niche
    1. Chapter 17 - Food, Collections, and Funerals
      1. Chefs, Cooks, and Food Preparation Workers
      2. Bill and Account Collectors
      3. Funeral Directors
    2. Chapter 18 - Home, Auto, and Facility Management Services
      1. Building Cleaning Workers
      2. Interior Designers
      3. Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
      4. Grounds Maintenance Workers
    3. Chapter 19 - People Pay Big Prices for Their Vices
      1. Gaming Services Occupations
      2. Gaming Surveillance Officers
      3. Adult Entertainment
  12. Part 7 - Corporate Support, at Home and Abroad
    1. Chapter 20 - Human Resources and Back Office Support
      1. Human Resources, Training, and Labor Relations
      2. Actuaries
      3. Accountants and Auditors
      4. Executive Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
    2. Chapter 21 - Specialized Computer Careers Not Headed Offshore
      1. Computer and Information Systems Managers
      2. Computer Systems Analysts
      3. Computer Software Engineers
      4. Computer Scientists and Database Administrators
    3. Chapter 22 - Sales Reps, Personal Financial Advisors, and PR Specialists
      1. Advertising Sales Agents
      2. Insurance Sales Agents
      3. Personal Financial Advisors
      4. Public Relations Specialists
    4. Chapter 23 - Get a Global Mind-Set
      1. Interpreters and Translators
      2. Management Analysts
      3. Market and Survey Researchers
  13. Appendix A - The Best Careers by Growth Prospects and Salary
  14. Appendix B - Recommended Reading
  15. Appendix C - Top Search Firms by Industry
    1. Multi-Industry Global Executive Search Firms
    2. ◆ DHR International: www.dhrinternational.com ◆ Heidrick & Struggles: www.heidrick.com ◆ Korn/Ferry International: www.kornferry.com ◆ Russell Reynolds Associates: www.russelreynolds.com ◆ Spencer Stuart: www.spencerstuart.com Health Care
    3. ◆ B. E. Smith: www.besmith.com ◆ Cejka Search: www.cejkasearch.com ◆ HealthCare Recruiters International: www.hcrnetwork.com ◆ HealthCare Resource Solutions: www.healthcaresearchexperts.com ◆ Kraft Search Associates: www.kraftsearch.com ◆ Tyler & Company: www.tylerandco.com Education
    4. ◆ Ayers & Associates, Inc.: www.ayersandassociatesinc.com ◆ Boyden Global Executive Search: www.boyden.com ◆ Carney, Sandoe and Associates: www.carneysandoe.com ◆ Gary Kaplan and Associates: www.gkasearch.com ◆ Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.: www.greenwoodsearch.com ◆ Performance Executive Search: www.performancesearch.com Environment
    5. ◆ The Avery Group, Inc.: www.theaverygroupinc.com ◆ Environmental Recruiting Services: www.environmentalrecruiting.com ◆ Life Science Recruiters: www.lifesciencerecruiters.com ◆ Management Recruiters of Lynnwood: www.mri-lynnwood.com ◆ On Demand Environmental: www.ondemandenv.com ◆ Renewable Search Group: www.renewablesearchgroup.com Government and Defense
    6. ◆ Defense Recruiters, LLC: www.defenserecruiters.com ◆ DRG: www.drgnyc.com ◆ Security Recruitment LTD: www.securityrecruitment.net ◆ Staff Pointe Federal Recruitment: www.staffpointe.com/federal-recruiting-services.asp ◆ USA Jobs: www.usajobs.gov Business
  16. Appendix D - Sites, Fairs, and Organizations
    1. Top Overall Job Search Sites
    2. ◆ www.beyond.com ◆ www.careerbuilder.com ◆ www.collegerecruiter.com ◆ www.execu-search.com ◆ www.hotjobs.yahoo.com ◆ www.hound.com ◆ www.indeed.com ◆ www.jobcentral.com ◆ www.jobserve.us ◆ www.momcorps.com ◆ www.monster.com ◆ www.simplyhired.com ◆ www.snagajob.com ◆ www.theladders.com ◆ www.truecareers.com ◆ www.usajobs.com Top Job Fairs
    3. ◆ www.careerconferences.com: Lists job fairs for college graduates, work-at-home opportunities, and international jobs.◆ www.carouselexpo.com: Lists upcoming job fairs by state on an interactive, click-able map.◆ www.diversityjobfairs.com: Conducts job fairs for diverse candidates to connect them with employment opportunities.◆ www.expoexpertsllc.com: Hosts job fairs across diverse fields including aerospace, defense, security, health care, and advanced technology.◆ www.idealist.org: Holds career fairs for people interested in nonprofit career opportunities.◆ www.nationalcareerfairs.com: Holds more than 300 career fairs annually in more than 75 U.S. cities covering multiple career industries.◆ www.peoplenotpaper.com: Conducts job fairs for sales and management, as well as general professional executives.◆ www.psijobfair.com: Holds job fairs for diverse employees in multiple locations around the country.◆ www.taonline.com/militaryjobfairs: Hosts job fairs for members of the armed forces looking to transition to civilian careers.◆ www.targetedjobfairs.com/tjf: Conducts nearly 100 job fairs each year in multiple industries across many U.S. cities.◆ www.womenforhire.com/career_expos: Holds job fairs to connect experienced women as well as female college seniors with job opportunities.Top Career and Industry Organizations
  17. Index