Second Career: From Broker to Bartender

By Jessica Dickler, CNNMoney.com staff writer

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NEW YORK -- With job openings few and far between, skilled professionals are trading their business suits for aprons - with mixed success.

Ramy Sukarieh, 32, worked in Credit Suisse's multi-asset class solution group in New York until he was laid off in October. He has tried to find a part-time positionwaiting tables, but he's been turned away from many restaurants and coffee shops in his upscale Brooklyn neighborhood, he said.

"Every place I go they say you're the 20th person who has come today."