There still remains a limited amount of job opportunities out there. Though many remain optimistic, the frustration of not being able to land that every elusive outstanding job, has many more dropping out of the job market entirely. Thousands have returned to school to finish that degree, attend trade schools to change careers or find new ways to reinvent themselves entirely.
Regardless of all these efforts, with millions of jobs just gone, who knows how long it will be until they are replaced? As companies downsized, their remaining staff became more over worked than ever before. Those who kept their jobs have seen increased hours, heavier workloads, and have been asked to working off the clock. Feeling grateful for their jobs, employees resist complaining and employers get away with it. The result, companies have learned to consolidate workloads, increasing efficiency and do without hiring.
Another question is will there be jobs for the countless who have gone back to school? Despite the ever increasing level of educated applicants out there, this education is only as useful as there are employers who are seeking this. So what are the options?
Without companies that are willing to hire in large quantities, the other option to consider is to go out on your own. Start your own business. If you have skills or an idea that fulfills a need, there is an opportunity.
If you are skilled and have any work experience, there is always room for you in the world of self-employment. Whatever your skills may be, they can be utilized, even virtually. For example, if you have experience in business administration, you can find opportunities that exist in cyberspace. Experience in sales, marketing, writing, technology and customer service can lead to a consulting business.
These are great for working moms who are looking for a way to have a more flexible life and greater work/life balance and for unemployed and stay-at-home moms who are looking to supplement the family income. If you find yourself unemployed or overworked and overwhelmed, consider going the virtual route. Whether you are looking to move your career in a new direction or build clientele to eventually transition away from your existing job and on your own, this is an option worth considering.
There are several sites that can help you find virtual opportunities, these include Elance, Guru and oDesk. These sites allow you to set yourself up as a freelancer and bid on projects posted by companies looking for outsourced services. This is a great way to get your name out there and begin building your portfolio.