Strong Job Sectors During a Weak Economy

Pay cuts nd layoffs have become common stories these days. However, there are some job sectors where job openings are growing and the pay is still rising. According to the recent study conducted by researchers,  job openings topped the list.


Growing healthcare job openings should not come as a surprise, since health care is essential in any community. People won’t stop getting sick when the economy is poor. In fact, the added stress levels during a recession can increase the likelihood of people getting sick. In addition, the aging population also means that more people will be demanding healthcare services in the coming years.


Many healthcare job openings require very specific education. Thankfully, not all healthcare job openings require education programs that take ages to finish. For example, there are accelerated programs for nursing to help you make a career switch sooner rather than later. For people with administrative or IT skills, transferring to the healthcare industry is easier since there are many new openings that require those skills.


Engineering job openings and even other science job openings provide growing opportunities thanks to the stimulus package that allocated $90 billion for public infrastructure, private energy and utility projects. Civil engineering and project engineering jobs are the most likely to benefit from stimulus funding.


Here are the top five “recession-proof” jobs, and their median annual salaries:

  • Pharmacist ($110,000)
  • Research scientist, biotechnology ($85,500)
  • Project engineer ($85,500)
  • Nurse practitioner ($82,600)
  • Civil engineer ($81,400)


Job Hunting


Although there are signs of economic recovery, the job market outlook is expected to be dense and competitive. Many people will have to rethink their job-hunting strategies. Here are some useful tips for job hunting:


Seek out all possibilities – Everyone has their own “dream job.” However, during a recession, there are times when limiting your options to your dream job can be unproductive. If you want to increase your chances for employment, you must exhaust all possibilities. This means that you must consider your transferable skills, and assess which career options you qualify for. Consider updating your skills by attending seminars or enrolling in relevant courses to boost your credentials and marketability.


Consider job openings that closely match your skills – Exhausting all possibilities doesn’t mean just submitting your resume to all the companies you come across. You must still be sure that your skills closely match the job description. With a very dense job-hunting market, lacking skills in some areas could be enough to disqualify you from the running. It follows that you must tailor your resume specifically for every job opening.


Do your research – Research on the companies you’re considering. Know their products, mission and vision, marketing strategies, their latest developments and organizational strategies. In the event that you’re granted an interview, your knowledge will help you give answers that are more informed.


Work your network – Recent surveys show that networking is the most effective tool for finding employment, especially for jobs above entry-level positions.

Using Body Language in a Job Interview

Interview Body Language Studies suggest that 60% of the impression we make during our communication with others comes from the use of our body language. Our body language and facial expressions reveal more about us than the actual words we say. The words we speak may be saying one thing, whereas our body language may be imparting something totally different.


It’s important that what we say and the signals we give out, remain congruent and in harmony with one another, especially in a job interview situation. This article examines how to use body language in a job interview to build rapport and trust with an interviewer and leave a lasting and positive impression.



A smile is the easiest way to communicate friendliness and confidence to someone you are meeting for the first time. When you first meet your interviewer, shake their hand, as you introduce yourself and smile sincerely to show that you are pleased to meet them. An inexperienced interviewer may be just as nervous as you are, so a warm smile will put them at ease, make you feel good and help get the meeting off to a positive start.


A heartfelt smile shows in your eyes, so your smile needs to be genuine and not forced. A false grin is easily spotted and can seem disingenuous to the other person. Smile throughout the interview, but don’t over do it. You don’t want to come across like a crazed Cheshire cat. If you are faced with a stern interviewer, don’t follow their lead or let them put you off, smile anyway.


The Handshake


When you first meet your interviewer, greet them with a firm handshake. A handshake is a respectful gesture that conveys friendliness and ease, but can also unconsciously reveal a lot more about you. A loose or limp handshake may make you come across as unconfident or even disinterested, whereas a handshake that’s too firm or tight, can make you seem overly competitive or aggressive.


The safest option is to let your interviewer guide you and respond with a grip matching theirs. The handshake should be brief, with only 2-3 pumps. Any longer than 3 seconds and the handshake risks making the other person uncomfortable. If you have sweaty palms, discreetly wipe your hand before the handshake. When accepting the handshake, remember to maintain eye contact and smile.


The Correct Sitting Posture


Never sit down before the interviewer invites you to. If they don’t invite you to sit, ask politely if you may do so. Place your briefcase on the floor beside your chair, not on your lap and never on the interviewer’s desk. Your body posture can reveal a great deal about how you feel about the meeting, including how nervous you are and even your opinion of the person interviewing you, so be sure to sit in a respectful manner.


Correct Interview Posture Make sure to sit upright and straight, while still remaining comfortable. A good tip is to try to align your shoulders with the shoulders of the interviewer. Finding something to do with your hands can sometimes feel awkward, so try to comfortably rest your arms on your chair or lap. Holding a pen and notepad can help if you don’t know what to do with your hands.


Never fold your arms or cross your legs, as this can make you look closed off and unapproachable. Maintain an open sitting posture, with both feet firmly on the floor.


It’s okay to be relaxed, but don’t slouch back in your chair or it may be viewed as arrogance. During the interview, avoid fidgeting in your chair, touching your face and hair or using too many hand gestures. It’s okay to lean forward occasionally, as this shows that you are interested and engaged in the conversation. Nodding your head in agreement to comments the interviewer makes can help demonstrate that you are both on the same page, however, as with all the tips in this article, do not over do it.


Making Eye Contact


Our eyes reveal a lot of what we are thinking and feeling, so it’s vitally important that we use eye contact to make a positive impression during an interview. People that make greater eye contact are thought to be more likable and confident, whereas people that avoid eye contact are often seen as either lacking confidence or having something to hide. Maintaining eye contact does not mean continuously staring at someone, as that can make the person on the receiving end very uncomfortable. You should break eye contact occasionally by looking up or to the side, as if you are thinking.