Need help finding a job in the New Year?

January 6, 2010 5:45:05 AM PST
Twenty percent of employers say they plan to increase their number of full-time, permanent employees in 2010 -- up from 14 percent in 2009. Nine percent say they plan to decrease headcount in 2010, down sharply from 16 percent in 2009.

Part time

Eleven percent of employers plan say they plan to add part-time employees in 2010, up slightly from 9 percent in 2009. Eight percent say they plan to decrease their part-time help in 2010, down from 14 percent in 2009.

Hiring By Industry

Comparing selected industries, hiring is expected to increase in information technology, manufacturing, financial services, professional and business services, and sales in the coming year. Thirty-two percent of IT, 27 percent of manufacturing, and 23 percent of financial services employers plan to add full-time, permanent employees in 2010, followed by 22 percent of employers in professional and business services and 21 percent in sales. Health care employers are also planning to expand staffs at 21 percent followed by 18 percent of transportation employers and 15 percent of Retail.


For those actively searching for new opportunities in the new year, I recommend the following:

1) Leverage your transferable skills in other industries that may be hiring. Job seekers need to broaden their job searches and understand many of their skills can be used in a variety of industries.

2) Make yourself more marketable. Consider taking this time to go back to school or obtain a certification in a classroom or online.

3) Use the job posting - Job postings clearly spell out what employers are looking for. Update your resume using some of the same key words and phrases directly from the job posting.

4) Get online now! - Explore generalist sites, niche boards and local job boards, and post your resume on as many as you feel could benefit your search. Also, take advantage of the functions on each site to boost your exposure.

5) Network. Network. Network - Whether it is on or off line, use your professional and personal networks to get the word out that you need a job. Examples include use facebook, chuch groups, old coworkers, etc.