Recession Refuseniks: Getting a Job in a Dying Profession

Marian Schembari, a 2009 grad who wanted to work in New York book publishing, had to get "really aggressive" with her job search.

"Everyone I knew in publishing said that the only way to really get an interview was through people, that no one reads your resume or carefully crafted cover letter," she explained.

"I knew I just needed to meet more people and get my name out there," she said. "So I started a blog and got on Twitter. Twitter resulted in a few interviews and the blog lead to more freelance work."

Schembari landed a book publishing job in four months flat but has since left the position to pursue freelance writing, editing and social media consulting.

Make no mistake, the Doubting Thomases will come calling. But that doesn't mean you have to listen -- unless of course they're paying your way or you haven't sufficiently researched the career path you're pursuing.

"Most people who give you advice, it's not like they have any professional foundation," Jansen said. "You have to look at the source. And I think you have to discount all relatives. What does your mother know about mortgage banking?"

Job Hunting: Tune Out the Naysayers

Wexler, the new independent financial advisor, said she agrees.

"Family members of mine judge my success on how much I am currently earning, not on the value of the practice I am building," she explained. "I try to focus on the big picture and not be disturbed by the short-term critics."

That's what Gayle, a high school guidance counselor in the Pacific Northwest, is doing. (Gayle didn't want her last name used in order to protect her job.)

After 21 years of counseling teens on finding fulfilling work, she's decided to take her own advice and has been taking steps to launch a travel consulting business on the side.

"Many people have said that I am crazy for wanting to launch a new business during a recession, especially in travel," Gayle said. "I find that the more that they say it can't be done, the more I am inspired to make it happen."

This work is the opinion of the columnist and in no way reflects the opinion of ABC News.

Michelle Goodman is a freelance journalist and former cubicle dweller. She is the author of "My So-Called Freelance Life: How to Survive and Thrive as a Creative Professional for Hire" and "The Anti 9-to-5 Guide: Practical Career Advice for Women Who Think Outside the Cube". For more information, see

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