Silver Lining to Recession for Workers?

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Do you see a proverbial “glass half full”

in this recession?

I’m on a listserve run by Peter Shankman called Help A Reporter Out (HARO). The purpose of the list is to connect experts and regular people with reporters and authors who have specific inquiries for projects such as books, newspapers, magazines, blogs and all types of media outlets. It’s free to join. The emails you’ll receive come with a dose of humor from Peter and some insight into what you might be hearing and reading about in the future. (Reporters, writers, experts and regular people can join by following this link.)

Today’s morning post (there are 3 a day) had an interesting inquiry. A freelance writer is doing a story with the theme, “Upside of the Recession.” (Listserv rules prohibit me from re-posting her contact info, but I don’t think Peter will mind that his list inspired my blog today!)

I’ve posted quite a bit about how to recession proof your job, job searching in a recession and tips for when job hunting prospects look bleak. With job seekers worried about their employment prospects, people losing their positions due to downsizing and prices for everything important going up, up and up…

Is there a silver lining to the recession
from the worker’s perspective?

At least one person I know thinks so. Nolan Feintuch, a real estate professional in Atlanta, believes that the housing market slow-down offers a “great opportunity for realtors to grow their businesses.” He notes:

Many agents are leaving the business and those who are serious are having to get back to basic sales skills to build their client base. It is common for agents to boost their careers during down markets.

Do you see any silver lining? Let me know in the comments section…

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3 Responses to “Silver Lining to Recession for Workers?”

  1. 1 Job Search Engines May 12, 2008 at 9:39 am

    This recession has been hard on my family. We’ve lost our health insurance and are praying none of us get sick

  2. 2 Miriam Salpeter May 12, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    I have a feeling that anyone who sees “the glass half full” will be someone who is still employed…It is a tough time for many. I hope the advice on my blog can help you get back to work. I’m here to help.

  3. 3 Sean June 9, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    There is no doubt there is a recession. Fuel prices are rising and general cost of living is going up. In some industries there are job losses. That is why it is vital to master the skills of job hunting. I have the belief that if you have the right strategies for job hunting, you can always land a job. Again it is great to see this blog on the same mission as me.


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