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As we all know, the recent economy has displaced a lot of workers from career paths on which they had been for many years.  At one time, my town had a lot of mortgage professionals; these days, my town has a lot of former mortgage professionals.  If you now find yourself in this situation, don’t be discouraged; there are several ways to move forward.

Find a similar position at a different company

If you enjoyed what you were doing and want to stick with it, you’ll need to make a list of target companies that are still hiring people who do what you do.  If you work in an industry that’s been particularly hard hit with layoffs recently, it’s especially important to include quantifiable achievements on your resume.  You’re going to be competing for a limited number of available jobs—along with a lot of other laid off candidates—so you’ll have to prove to employers that you’re the best thing around.

Transfer your skills to a similar position

Many workers with very specialized skills have found themselves out of work.  For instance, my friends in academia are often competing with hundreds of other candidates for one tenure track position.  However, professors can do much more than just teach.  Many work for institutions that have required them to become proficient in online learning platforms—skills which transfer easily to corporate training departments.  Professors with a science background can review scientific textbooks or research papers that require advanced, specialized knowledge.  Most people are qualified to do multiple jobs—you just have to create multiple resumes that highlight the skills and experience applicable to each position.

Turn a hobby or interest into your job

Some displaced workers face the difficult reality that their jobs have been outsourced overseas or that they will have to relocate in order to do similar work.  For many people, this crossroads can present an ideal time to start your own business.  Let’s say you’re a realtor hoping to start a career in photography.  Call up everyone you know and offer to take photos of their pets, their favorite beach, or their family members.  They’ll have wonderful photos, and you’ll have a portfolio with which to showcase your skills.  The key to taking your career in a very different direction is in proving to employers or potential customers that you have the chops to do the new job.

These are just a few of the possibilities for workers who find themselves displaced from their careers.  With the right strategy, it IS possible to move forward!

Jessica Holbrook Hernandez is an expert resume writer, career and personal branding strategist, author, speaker and President/CEO of Great Resumes Fast. She creates high-impact, best-in-class, resumes and cover letters that transform job searches into interviews and ultimately job offers. For more information about professional resume writing or to read more career and job search related articles visit or call 1.800.991.5187.


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Jessica Hernandez, President, CEO & Founder of Great Resumes Fast

Hi, I’m Jessica. I started this company back in 2008 after more than a decade directing hiring practices at Fortune 500 companies.

What started as a side hustle (before that was even a word!) helping friends of friends with their resumes has now grown into a company that serves hundreds of happy clients a year. But the personal touch? I’ve kept that.

You might have seen me featured as a resume expert in publications like Forbes, Fast Company, and Fortune. And in 2020, I was honored to be named as a LinkedIn Top Voice of the year!

I’m so glad you’re here, and I can’t wait to help you find your next perfect-fit position!

1 Comment

  1. DanGriffin on January 23, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Well stated. Dead on and to the point.

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