Recession-Proof Your Career with a Career in the Career Services Industry

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Amid daily news bulletins about downsizings, business closings and record-high unemployment rates, one career field is defying the recession. That field is career services--the business of helping others with their careers--and it is growing at a record pace. Wendy Enelow, Co-Founder & Executive Director of the Resume Writing Academy, the nation's premier resume training company, says that she's seen a "huge influx of new students coming from traditional corporate careers. In the last few months, I've spoken to human resource professionals, personnel managers, corporate trainers, reporters, journalists, teachers, administrators, and others with strong writing, communications and people skills--all of whom are interested in transitioning their careers into the career services industry.

Amid daily news bulletins about downsizings, business closings, mergers, acquisitions and record-high unemployment rates, one career field is defying the recession. That field is career services--the business of helping others with their careers--and it is growing at a record pace. Wendy Enelow, Co-Founder & Executive Director of the Resume Writing Academy, the nation's premier resume training company, says that she's seen a "huge influx of new students coming from traditional corporate careers. In the last few months, I've spoken to human resource professionals, personnel managers, corporate trainers, reporters, journalists, teachers, administrators, and others with strong writing, communications and people skills--all of whom are interested in transitioning their careers into the career services industry.

Career services professionals include resume writers, career coaches, career counselors and outplacement consultants. Most are self-employed, and thus they make up two of the healthiest segments of our economy. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are nearly 20 million self-employed people in the United States, and employment services (including career services) is projected as one of the fastest-growing industries for the coming decade.

The Resume Writing Academy guides students through a rigorous three-month program to learn the strategy and tactics of creating winning resumes. "The Academy is tough," says Enelow, "because we know first-hand the challenges of helping a vast variety of clients maneuver through a competitive job market. We want to give our students the best-in-class strategies we've learned during our many years in the trenches."

Both Enelow and Academy co-founder Louise Kursmark have more than 20 years of experience as professional resume writers and are the authors of more than two dozen books on resumes, cover letters, keywords, interviewing and job search.

"Most of our students are entrepreneurs," according to Enelow, "operating independent resume and coaching practices. Some also work as contract writers for high-volume resume firms such as TheLadders or Career Resumes. Others are employed by outplacement firms, state employment centers, military transition organizations, recruiting organizations, or college and university career centers, and resume writing might be just part of the broad scope of services they provide to their clients. What's so fascinating about the field is the tremendous variety in terms of the work you might do, clients you can service and type of organization you can work for."

Demand for all these services is up, as you might expect during a period of high unemployment. But what's interesting, according to Enelow, is that "career services are in demand in any economy. When the economy is booming, people are confident and look for new career opportunities. When jobs are scarcer, smart job seekers recognize the need to create a competitive edge for themselves, so they seek out writers and coaches who can help them gain this advantage. Either way, we win--and so do our clients."

Another advantage of the career services field is that launching a resume writing or career coaching business requires a minimal financial investment. Unlike product-based businesses where you have to invest in inventory and other often-expensive assets, when you're delivering career services you really don't need much more than a telephone, a computer and an Internet connection.

"Combine a thorough knowledge of how to construct a great resume with some business fundamentals, and you can be quickly, happily and profitably self-employed within a few months," says Enelow. "Through the Resume Writing Academy we also provide entrepreneurial training to help career professionals grow their businesses; we see an enormous need in this area as the field grows and many solo practitioners struggle with providing their services and managing their business."

About Wendy Enelow and Enelow Enterprises, Inc.:
Wendy Enelow is one of the world's most-sought-after resume writers and career coaches, working exclusively with C-level and other top executives worldwide. Wendy is a Master Resume Writer (MRW), Credentialed Career Master (CCM) and Job & Career Transition Coach (JCTC). She is the author of 25+ books on resumes, cover letters, interviewing, job search and entrepreneurship, and is frequently quoted in major media nationwide (e.g., Time Magazine, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, LA Times). Wendy is the Founder and Past Executive Director of the Career Management Alliance (http://www.careermanagementalliance.com), and the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Resume Writing Academy (http://www.resumewritingacademy.com). For more information, visit http://www.wendyenelow.com.

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