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How "recession proof" is your job?

Granted, there are no guarantees any more these days, but DH & I are thankfully both fairly secure - him probably even more than me (his profit sharing check for 4qtr 2008 was one of the largest ever).

It feels weird to feel so safe Click here to enlarge Especially after having been un/under-employed for so many years before being hired as a FT perm here.
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I think I'm okay. I hope I'm okay. I think dh is also okay.

He is a financial aid adviser at a community college; one would think that if anything, he would be busier when people lose their jobs and go back to school for re-training.

I'm hosed if the broadcast television industry falls through.

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Yeah mine's quite recession proof. People are being laid off like crazy and they stay home and watch tv. Most are not getting rid of tv, some reducing their packages, but most seem to be keeping it.

dh's is secure. YAY union. He isn't working much, which sucks, but it's secure. He is working p/t now and I'm working p/t because of health issues.
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I think mine is prettygood because anyone who can do my job generally does not want to.
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I think I'm okay. I work in spec ed so there are federal requirements and funding. I suppose I could be bumped by a non spec ed person that has the same qualifications that I have and has seniority but it didn't happen last June when the District did lay offs.

Dh's is shaky. The company has already done a lot of lay offs and everyone in the company took a 10% wage reduction for 6 months. Dh is the only engineer left at his division though so that works in his favor for keeping his job. Of course that means he is doing the work of 4 people for 10% less pay too.
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not safe at all for me.

Dh is a bit more secure (his magazine is turning the largest profit in his parent company).
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Dh is pretty secure even though he's in the media industry because he makes a killing for them in ways that other people don't. When he was out for a week for surgery and someone else wrote the news, SITE WIDE traffic went down an average of 42 percent per day. For whatever reason almost anything he writes gets a high google placement, and no one has been able to figure out why - just something about how he does things.

My job is pretty secure right now because I am here for 3 more months, everyone knows it, so they wouldn't save much money to fire me. I also work on a very specialized part of the site and am training people to do this after I leave.

Once I start my nursing job, I don't know anymore. The industry is always necessary but in our area far fewer nurses are being hired now than in years past.
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I think mine is prettygood because anyone who can do my job generally does not want to.
Click here to enlarge I don't even want to do mine but if I had to LOOK at customers..no way. You can't mute and laugh at them then. Click here to enlarge Click here to enlarge
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A year ago I'd have said my job was iron clad, but this recession is like none anyone's ever seen. The state I work for isn't in as dire straits as some out there, but if the budget deficit reaches 9 BILLION, no one's safe. Click here to enlarge
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DH's profession is as whimscal as the stock market. One month up, one down. He's self employed and hasn't worked since June. Click here to enlarge So, we're relying solely on my salary which sucks. Big time. Click here to enlarge
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I'm at will with year to year contracts in special ed so depends what the funding and census #'s are.

Dh's company took 10% cuts, no bonuses this year and some people have been let go and he thought it would never happen where he works so I guess you never know.

College kids summer job he did at the same company the last 3 years is not rehiring any of their summer help eitherClick here to enlarge

As an aside those of us who were already very frugal are finding it harder to get anything more out of that proverbial turnipClick here to enlarge
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DH is a grocery store manager. He is well known is his company as the guy who can cut costs and increase profit at the same time Click here to enlarge So his job is pretty secure.
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recession proof Click here to enlarge I do advertising for a real estate company Click here to enlarge
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I am a bankruptcy specialist.

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I work on the creditor side. so if creditors aren't doing well, things won't go well for me.

my largest client got a bailout recently so cross your fingers it sticks Click here to enlarge

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SO's job is pretty secure (grocery chain warehouse manager with 35 years in the company) and mine is pretty secure (cashier in same supermarket). The company's profits are up 13%. Plus his boss, the owner, won't lay off people, he'll move them around to other stores/departments

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I think my job is pretty secure. I've only been at this hospital for 3 years but I'm well liked, do a good job, and am pretty flexible. I frequently float/pick up shifts on other units. To me it's a win/win situation because I gain skills and show the supervisors that I'm flexible at the same time.

I was worried about my husband's job and still sort of am. He's an electrical wholesaler for a family owned business. Most of his customers were general contractors and private electricians for the residential/comercial building boom so he took a hit last fall. Instead of rolling over, he busted ass to pick up a ton of goverment contracts and recently landed 2 huge six figure, long term, contracts. His boss is very pleased with him.

My mom is shitting her pants. She works for the CHicago Suntimes which filed for bankruptcy yesterday. She's taking a 30% pay cut, which includes a 1 required unpaid week off. My brother sells windows and always has low numbers in the wintertime but his numbers for last spring/fall weren't so hot either. He's hoping that the stimulus will help boost his sales but he's not holding his breath.
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I was just offered a substantial promotion (which I'm not taking), so I think I'm okay for now. Dh's job is very secure.
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