Those professionals who offer job-seeking services like executive recruiters and career coaches have seen a sharp upturn in business as the economy weakens and layoffs are more common. Recruiting firms and coaches say maintaining emotional distance is important as they counsel both executives and lower level employees who have had drastic lifestyle changes as a result of the recent downturn in the economy. One recruiter said several recently laid-off executives have told him they are in danger of losing their homes if they aren’t employed soon, and another confided that he had lost most of his retirement savings with the recent collapse of a large bank. While they try to maintain a distance; coaches, recruiters and job counselors say they are doing everything they can to help. A Boston career coach said she has discounted her prices for those who are out of work, and a recruiter in Jacksonville, FL said she would not turn a client away, although it means she often works until 11 p.m. Career counselors in New York say they are being more creative and doing more “hand holding” with clients these days, but they say they are happy to do it.