Whether we are mired in a deep recession, in the “green shoots” stage or rapidly rebounding out of a recession all depends on who you ask. But as I talk to clients around the country, things are not so great and the feeling is still recessionary.

So, number one priority? Keep your job, even if you don't like it. It makes sense to find a new job before you quit, especially with unemployment at ten percent. Make sure you are wanted - volunteer for the key projects, keep your skill set current and forge relationships with decision makers, customers, vendors and suppliers.

But if you are laid off, had to switch jobs, or are just starting out here are some tips.

1. Look for a temp job. Often temp jobs can convert to full-time and you get great experience.
2. Be open to taking a job for which you are over qualified, but emphasize to the employer that you will fit in and add value.
3. Develop different income streams. Make your hobbies income generating, learn a new skill and sell it. Don't just rely on the 9-to-5 job -- be creative.
4. Cut your costs so you don't have to earn so much. Moving to another state may mean that two incomes could become one for an uncertain period of time.
5. Be creative and widen your search. Go for the career you always wanted. Propose an alternative or part time work schedule that gets you in the door and reduces costs for the employer.
6. Take time to enjoy being free from work. Get re-acquainted with your family and friends, cook for yourself, and hit the health club five mornings a week to keep your energy level and spirits high.
7. Be clear that the right job is out there for you even if it seems like it's not. Have faith in yourself! There is always work for someone with skills, willing to learn and work hard -- always.

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 thousands of individuals and groups. 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. He specializes in helping people find their unique potential. He loves to transform misfits at work into successful misfits with their dream careers. 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. 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. He has dual US/UK citizenship.

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