NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Not much is made of the issue, but U.S. workers earning more than $100,000 annually can struggle to stay on top.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, it now takes laid-off workers who earned $100,000 annually up to 24 months to land another job paying that same amount of money or more, compared with 10 months on average for all workers.
That's a troubling sign for the employment sector and the economy. When it takes longer to replace a six-figure salary, that's taking a ton of money out of the consumer marketplace, and that hurts everyone -- sellers and buyers alike.
There is a silver lining, of sorts. Workplace experts say six-figure jobs do exist -- you just have to be diligent and creative in finding them.
"There are strategies that have been proven to dramatically decrease the number of months it takes highly paid job-seekers to find their next positions," says Tammy Kabell, chief executive of Career Resume Consulting, a Kansas City, Mo., executive career placement firm. "It just comes down to having an action plan that works."
Six-figure job hunters are best served by using skills culled from the marketing and sales sectors and applying them to their own job searches, Kabell adds.
The key is to convince employers that you're a guru in your chosen field.
"I've discovered that when you are branded as an expert or have a certain expertise, you get more attention from employers and recruiters than if you are prospecting like any other candidate," she says.