Although it looks like 2010 will be better than 2009 for jobs and for changing your career, you will need to be much smarter in how you go about your search process.
“A jobless recovery will be a part of our new reality, particularly in heavy manufacturing, retailing, automotive, banking and home building,” according to experts such as Ed Savage, managing director of the L.A. division of Stanton Chase, a global executive search firm. (

What will that mean for career transition and finding a new job?

1. Network
Finding a job is always about networking. If there are still more people hunting for jobs than positions available, you’ll simply need to make even more contacts and leverage your business relationships to get ahead.

2. Think new industries
While some industries will not see job growth, others will thrive. Green jobs, healthcare, government (as a result of the federal stimulus) and some tech sectors will all grow.

3. Focus
Be clear about what it is you want to do, do your research and plan your job hunt. And make sure that you are focused on the possibility of a new job, not the fear of not finding work in 2010.

As we move into the New Year, the economy looks more positive. Although some industries may experience a jobless recovery, career changers must focus on the sectors offering growth and be extra smart in their job hunting.

Author's Bio: 

David Couper is a career coach and writer who for the last twenty years has worked in Europe, Asia, and the USA with individuals. 100% of his clients have found either a new job or career which is fulfilling for both their heart and mind.

“After meeting with you, I can now say today, no matter what I do for work or how I earn money to live. I proudly can say that I am an Artist and an Educator. That is what I believe in and what makes my heart sing. I am feeling more grounded in who I truly am. So I am on this journey.”
Artist and Educator, Los Angeles, CA

He has successfully coached men and women wanting to change career or develop new opportunities at all levels - including CEOs of major companies wanting a creative challenge, frustrated souls longing to make their dream come true and front-line employees laid off and desperate to get a job.

"David Couper is an honest and sincere coach and an extra special team player. He's like the diamond player in reserve. When you call on him you can be sure that he is going to play full-out for your success and fully believe in you.”
Interactive Hypnotherapist and Fellow of Royal Society, London, UK

David has a degree in Communication, a postgraduate qualification in education, is certified in a number of training technologies, and has a Masters in Spiritual Psychology. He is a member of the American Society of Training and Development, Society of Human Resources Professional, Writers Guild and the British Academy of Film and Television.

“I love your inspiration. Thank you so much. I plan on sharing it with our sons.” -- Award-winning realtor, Los Angeles, CA

David has published seven books. His works on interpersonal skills, counseling in the workplace, and management issues (published by Connaught, Gower, HRD Press, Longman, Macmillan/Pearson Publishing, Oxford University Press) have been translated into Swedish, Polish, and Danish, and published in the UK and the USA.

“Love the work you are doing with X. You really nailed him (in the resume). Very nice work, David.”
Executive, Disney, Burbank, CA

He has dual US/UK citizenship and speaks French and Japanese.

“David offered both advice and encouragement, helping me to understand and adjust to the new context. I have no doubt that his support was vital to my success on that occasion. Without it, would have lacked the confidence required to carry on with what was a very daunting environment.” -- Training Manager and Employee of the Year, Consulting Company, Paris, France

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