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As of July 8, 2011 the national unemployment rate raised to 9.2% in the United States. There are millions of people that are actively searching who are not able to find work. It is very clear that the economy is very unstable. With talks of balancing the debt, the new presidential election and rising gas prices people are not in the mood to hear that they will have to wait up to 9 months to land a job. Since the government has been unsuccessful in economical repair, we will have to take matters into our own hands.

According to Kelly Services there are 3 million jobs waiting for applicants to fill them RIGHT NOW. This is hard to believe, because so many people are complaining there are no jobs available. However, there are jobs out there but they are in industries that are not as popular as others. The following 3 industries have a vast amount of job opportunities waiting for qualified applicants to fill them:

  • Engineering
  • Science
  • Technology

These three industries are not easy to break into, especially if you do not have the right background or experience, but I urge you to use a proactive approach in your job search. We all want to return to work, but we have to start thinking out of the box! Instead of starting your job search with professions that you have previous experience in, start to think about potential professions that you may have interest in.

Start your journey educating yourself in this new area of interest. Check your local community college for workforce development courses that match this new interest. Go back to school and learn more about the subject. You may not find work in the time frame that you would like, so use this time to go back to educate yourself.

If you are not interested in going back to school, tweak your résumé and cover letter to show skills you’ve learned that will be cross-applied in a new industry. Make sure that your résumé as proper visuals, content and overall writing highlighted. There once was a time when you could complete your application and hand deliver your résumé. Now that everything has become so viral, you must make sure that your résumé is perfect for a person who is receiving your application electronically. This means that you make sure it will catch an employers interest within a 5-second glance.

Lastly, try entering into a new industry while keeping the same job functions you now have. Upon entry take the necessary steps to help you to move into other departments within the organization. Keep a positive attitude and always make it a priority to learn as much as you can to keep you professionally well-rounded.

If these three industries are of interest to you, take some time and do the necessary research. If not, look into another industry/profession that does interest you. Especially if you are out of work.

For those that are under the impression that there are no jobs, I hope this post is of interest to you. Take a chance to help your career progress. This type of change is not a walk in the park, but if you’re committed and interested in taking your career to the next level, this is just the push you need to get started!