If you have a job during this recession, be thankful you do. It could be tough finding another.
U.S. unemployment is hovering near 10 percent—the highest in more than 26 years. That figure doesn't include those involuntarily working part-time (one to 34 hours a week) or those who gave up looking for jobs for one reason or another and fell off the unemployment rolls.
As a result, a huge pool of talent is competing for a limited number of jobs—at a time when businesses remain cautious about hiring. In a Huntington Bancshares Inc. survey of 200 small business owners in the Midwest, for example, only about a fifth said they expected to fill positions in 2010. Sixteen percent said they didn't expect to ever reach their pre-recession levels of staffing.
So even if you'd like the challenge of a new job, you may have to wait out this economic slump, says Butler University Executive-in-Residence Marv Recht. How do you stay happy and motivated at work? Recht suggests the following:
That job security is your motivation. The best way to attain job security is your performance. It is important for you to stay focused and give 125 percent at work.
But be careful how you approach your boss about these new responsibilities. How you make the request has everything to do with how your boss will respond. Don't infer in any way that you're unhappy.
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