I'm extremely lucky in this economy. The field of education is a very recession-resistant profession. I didn't say recession-proof profession, just resistant. We get the same impact as everyone else, it's just a little delayed. My contract was renewed just before everything began deteriorating and I have at least 4 years of employment ahead of me. The possible cuts due to the economy (when they come) will happen to those with less tenure than I have or whose contracts will expire before mine. Even those individuals will be gainfully employed until mid-summer before economy related cuts will be felt, so those who suspect a major change in their employment status have time to take action to mitigate the negative effects or transition to a new location or profession.
Despite my relative employment security, I find it prudent to take steps to prepare for the worst-case scenario while I still have time. Heeding sage advice, I'm going to dig my well before I'm thirsty, and prepare for a job search in case the recession lasts longer than my contract. Over the next few weeks, I'll be preparing some resources that will assist me in promoting myself to future employers and make myself stand out from the crowd when a hiring decision is reached.
It occurred to me that there are those out there who might not have the time that I have, but need to do something now to increase the odds of securing employment. They are in the thick of the action when it comes to career changes and need some direction. Some of the things that I'll be doing may be of benefit to them as well. So, I decided to be semi-transparent with this and go through my process of career development through this blog. I'll take you step-by-step through my process of resume crafting, leveraging online resources to support my resume and provide additional information to future employers (e.g., Exploiting FaceBook, Twitter, Google Docs, blogging, etc.), networking, interview prep, and overall job search planning and tracking. Follow along and you can design a good strategy that will benefit you as well.