When a land surveyor writes for some career advice, the newspaper's business editor provides a plan to finding work in a tough economy.

 By Eve Nicholas

Question: I am an out-of-work land surveyor with skills in construction and fabrication. I'm on good terms with my former boss, but the business is too small to pay for tuition, even though it would greatly benefit me and the company. I looked at education options, but with three small children, money and time are tight. I tossed my resume on the Internet, and check out weekly job ads, to no avail. I can learn new things, but switching careers right now could be fatal. Help?
C.M., Lake Stevens

Answer: The downturn in the economy has put significant pressure on the real estate industry. Many construction, engineering and real estate agencies are tightening their purse strings, forcing employees to look for new jobs. ...

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