Problems with emerging job market trends for job seekers

The fashionable new job can be an absolute curse for the job seeker. One classic case is the credit repair business, fashionable during the credit crunch, and stemming from the housing bust in 2007-2008. Within six months, the employment market was at saturation point with new credit repair businesses and the inevitable 'get rich' motif so useful in driving job seekers up the wall.

The credit repair business went into direct reverse, as negative feedback and basic business viability imposed reality on the new fad jobs. The net result for an average job seeker who started doing credit repair in 2008 would in mid-2009 be a pretty scruffy looking work record, with perhaps a job and a half in the peak period, and nothing much from the period when the credit repair tide went out.

So the job seeker's CV winds up showing a low level job history, in what is now an unpopular backwater of the credit industry. Any acquired skills and experience aren't very portable outside the credit industry. They're also quite basic skill levels, and don't lead very far in that direction. The jobs themselves are no great recommendation in any other industry, and not very useful job- getting materials for applications.

The result is 18 months of wasted, or at least misguided, effort. Other fad jobs, like the recent boom in cruise line jobs outside the cruise industry, are pretty similar. Job seekers' time is wasted, and real opportunities aren't taken. The 'emerging job market trends' need to be viewed with a healthy level of skepticism, until some proven, reliable jobs are found.

That can be tricky, because some jobs are bona fide jobs, properly administered by professionals, like many of the cruise line jobs. The cruise jobs were never misleading about wages or terms of employment. They were the wrong jobs for people, in these cases.

Some job seekers take up these jobs on the 'nothing to lose' option, but unfortunately that's often not the case. They lose time, opportunities, and often make things worse for themselves in the process. It is possible to lose money, as well as time, on these pseudo-jobs.

Spotting real jobs in the emerging job markets

Any emerging job market trend needs to prove:

  • Income levels
  • Career path potentials
  • Conditions and terms of employment
  • Compliance with employment laws (particularly relevant for teens)

Ignore the testimonials from advertisers and other insults to the intelligence. There's only one way to really investigate the possibilities of a job, and that's to do your own research.

You need to check:

  • Professionals in the industry
  • Employment professionals
  • News items
  • Job board forums

Often the job ads themselves are full of holes and gaps which are a good indication of total lack of substance. If the ad doesn't look and feel like a real job, look out. Be suspicious until you see definite proof.