By: Dan Miller

Kmart announced recently that they would be closing 326 stores and cutting up to 35,000 more jobs in its struggle to get out of bankruptcy. This is the kind of news that can make us think that now is not the time to be looking for a new job. Yet the old cliché holds true; “With every change there is the equal seed of new opportunity.”
Here are some tips on how to look for new opportunities:

Think Small. People tend to think of big companies when looking for jobs. The growth of new opportunities in the last 4-5 years has been largely in small companies. They are quick to respond to changes and you will have less competition looking there. 97.4% of the companies in America have fewer than 100 employees, yet most job seekers go to the Dells, General Motors, Enrons, and WorldComs when looking for jobs.

Pharmacists, nurses and other health professionals will be in increasing demand. According to the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, there are almost 5,500 vacancies in drugstore chains alone for pharmacists. And we are told there are more than 120,000 open positions for registered nurses nationwide. This shortage is expected to increase to 400,000 in the next 20 years.

The National Electrical Contractors Association estimates 80,000 more electricians will be needed in the next 3 years. The median hourly earnings of electricians is about $19.29.

The number of teachers needed is expected to double by 2010, up 2.4 million from the current 2.8 million.

The need for truck drivers is expected to increase by nearly 500,000 each year through 2010. According to a heavy truck driver makes an average of $34,539 annually.
The dream of owning a home is continuing. More than 100,000 new jobs were created in the mortgage banking business in 2002. There were more than 7,000 new jobs created in December alone with no sign of slowing down soon.

The Transportation Security Administration has already hired over 50,000 federally employed airport security screeners. Private security for office buildings, closed-circuit television, and security related software are exploding areas of opportunity.


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