ROBYN: I’m Robyn Moreno for howdini.com. Do you ever wonder if you could have a career that is recession-proof? Is there such a thing as recession-proof job? Yes, says Maggie Mistal, Career Consultant and Career Coach on Martha Stewart Radio, who is here today to talk all about jobs. What are some careers that are recession-proof?
MAGGIE: Well, when you think about recession-proof, you want something that’s not going to be outsourced, and something that’s constantly going to be in demand. So think about healthcare and education as two important places to start.
ROBYN: Good to know.
MAGGIE: With healthcare, we have an aging baby-boomer population. And those folks are – sadly – only going to get older, and only going to require more care. So if you’re looking for an industry that’s, you know, only going to be growing in terms of demand, healthcare is an interesting area to look into. You also want to recognize that in healthcare, just like any other industry, it’s not just the care-giving opportunities that exist. There’s also chances to be an accountant, to be a lawyer, to be, you know, in the accounts-receivable department, in marketing. You know, there’s traditional functions that apply in healthcare as well. Education is also another area that’s recession-proof because we only have more and more students, and we have a lot of baby-boomer teachers who’ll be retiring soon. So if you’ve been interested in being a teacher or a teacher’s aid, there’s definitely going to be a lot of opportunity.
ROBYN: How can someone translate their existing skills into the healthcare and education field?
MAGGIE: Well translate is the right word, or transfer. What you want to do when you look at your skills and ability, so you can look at past performance evaluations, you can even just sit down and make a list. You want to think about the kind of skills that would transfer, not matter what kind of job or function you were doing. Things like communication and being able to communicate well, and it writing, or in person, and presenting. Also things like being able to work well on a team, or with a team. Those are things that translate. Also being able to analyze problems are situations and come up with creative solutions. Those types of skills are transferable no matter what industry you’re looking at, and can definitely help you make the transition.
ROBYN: How could someone rewrite their resume to be more, sort of, health and education relevant?
MAGGIE: What I like to say is you want to highlight. You want to look back at your experience, and say okay, well where can I highlight the communication skills that I had? Where can I highlight the team-building skills? Where can I highlight the, the situations where I solved problems? Things that would really make sense in this new career. Now, the question is, well how do I know transferable skills are really going to make a different in healthcare or education, or how might they? Well what you can do, you can actually go to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. They have an Occupational Outlook Handbook that lists almost every career in every field. So you can look through the list of healthcare careers. You can look through the list of education careers, and see which ones seem to be the best match for you. And it even lists skills and requirements, so you can start to match your resume and experience with what is typically required in these other jobs.
ROBYN: Are there some websites that people can visit, like, specifically focused on health and education fields?
MAGGIE: Indeed.com is one of my favorite job-hunting sites. It’s I-N-D-E-E-D-dot-com. So indeed.com. And what I like about it, is that it aggragates job opportunities from all the different websites, from Monster, Hotjobs, CareerBuilder, even employer sites, all on one place. So and healthcare and education included, those are good place – that’s a good place to start. Now because healthcare and education tend to be more localized, what you may want to do is check with your local hospital system’s website, or your local board of education’s website, because most of those opportunities are going to be much more local, and those are specific to that industry, and that’s where you want to go.
ROBYN: Thank you so much, Maggie, for great career advice. I’m Robyn Moreno for howdini.com.