Louise Fletcher at Blue sky resume wrote Can You Make a Career Change in a Bad Economy. She points out several things:
It is possible and more likely to happen if this change is moving toward something you have current experience in
The employer can find what they are looking for pretty easily right now
Get a job doing what you used to do which will alleviate the financial burden of not having a job at all
If you do take a job like this, set aside time each week, one hour a day, to work on your career change plan. That time each week should be spent networking not just job postings on line.
Focus is the key component. Be certain and clear in what you are looking for.
My take on our current situation is that everyone is in a big holding pattern- especially banks. Companies are tightening down too. Any hiring they do has to be for a really good reason. They are going to have to justify the need. As you communicate your expertise, make sure you address how you can solve their problems.
You, if unemployed, cannot be in a holding pattern. You need to push forward, follow your plan and open your horizons to opportunities outside your geographic comfort zone.
Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.