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Recession Creates Roadblocks for Advancement
Commentary by: Anna Navarro
Aired August 24, 2009

Job vacancies occur even in the worst of economic times because of illness, death, poor performance and similar issues. But there is no way short of job hunting to know whether you can find an opportunity that will meet your needs.

Denise has been waiting patiently to take over her boss’s job. She’s being groomed to succeed him. He strongly hinted he intended to retire in 2009. But with the dive in the stock market, he’s now indicating he’ll postpone retirement indefinitely.

New challenges are what keep Denise going. How long can she wait before seeking another job? And what chance does she have of finding a good opportunity in the current economic environment?

After wrestling with these issues, she decided to launch a job hunt despite the recession.

She wrote an excellent resume, rehearsed networking and hiring interviews, worked through the tricky issue of references. She is careful to ask everyone she meets while job hunting for confidentiality

She’s now been job hunting for several months, and has turned down two offers because they didn’t meet her needs. She’s grateful she can afford to be choosy

Denise may uncover a perfect opportunity in another company before her boss decides to retire. Even if she doesn’t, however, she’s finding job hunting itself has relieved the feeling that life is slipping by while she looks on passively. She is once again actively shaping her own destiny.

(The opinions expressed are not necessarily those of St. Louis Public Radio.)

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Anna Navarro

Anna Navarro


Anna Navarro is the founder of Work Transitions, a nationwide organization dedicated to helping individuals find satisfaction and fulfillment in their work.


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