Commentary: Learning how to beat a bad job market

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Given the California economy, this state and Sonoma County face a “difficult year ahead” with unemployment expected to remain high through 2010, according to Jerry Nickelsburg, senior economist with UCLA’s Anderson Forecast and speaker at the Sonoma County Economic Development Board’s “State of the County.”

Employers continue their reluctance to hire – especially in our largest job sectors of government, retail, construction and hospitality – and often ask employees to reduce hours and take on increased workloads.

Opportunities that do exist – in health care, the wine industry, emerging green economy or business and professional services – may not be advertised or require re-training or entrepreneurial ingenuity.

How do we survive and even thrive in tough economic times? By building up our career resilience. The resilient person has the ability to bounce back after disruptive change, actively manage his or her work life and maintain a flexible attitude of self-employment, whether inside or outside an organization.

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