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Grim news, but some bright spots

In today’s challenging economy, a number of people find themselves in career transitions as a result of the ailing job market. The US Department of Labor just revealed that the economy lost around 650,000 jobs in March. According to the Associated Press, the US unemployment rate rose to 8.1 percent in February, and economists recently announced that the national jobless rate reached 8.5 percent in March.

Despite these gloomy unemployment statistics, Donna Guglielmi, managing director of Prudential’s Brooklyn−Queens Agency, says entrepreneurial positions in the financial services sector are available.

“With the economy in a state of flux, qualified financial professionals are needed now more than ever to help Americans understand complex financial products and services that can help them achieve their financial goals,” Guglielmi said. “Even in this economy, Prudential is growing our career sales force in the Howard Beach area and, in our agencies across the country.”

The timing for entering the financial services field has never been better. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics1, personal financial advisors are projected to grow by 41 percent, which is much faster than the average for all occupations, over the projections decade.

“Many people are relying on our services,” Guglielmi said. “And, we are happy to be of help during these tough times. On the other hand, we are in need of more professionals in the industry, and we want to encourage qualified individuals in the local area to learn more about these positions.”

The Prudential Brooklyn−Queens Agency’s next career seminars will be held every Tuesday, 10 a.m. at 9920 Fourth Avenue, Suite 204, in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn.

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