According to CareerBuilder’s 2010 Job Forecast, employers will be revisiting their hiring strategies in the new year, largely due to the dark cloud of the depressed economy beginning to lift.
"There have been many signs over the past few months that point to the healing of the U.S. economy, especially the continued decrease in the number of jobs lost per month, a trend that will hopefully carry over into the new year," said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder.
In its survey of more than 2,700 hiring managers and human resource professionals nationwide, CareerBuilder uncovered some very encouraging hiring predictions for 2010, including:
=> 20% of employers plan to increase their number of full-time, permanent employees
=> 11% of employers plan to add part-time employees
=> Employers in the West plan to increase their headcounts the most of any other region, with nearly 24% saying they will add full-time workers (compared to 21% in the Northeast, 20% in the South and 16% in the Midwest)
=> Hiring is expected to increase the most in these industries: information technology, manufacturing, financial services, professional and business services, and sales
=> The types of jobs that employers plan to hire for most frequently are technology and customer service, followed by sales, research/development, business development, accounting/finance, and marketing
Hiring isn’t the only area being resuscitated in the new year. According to the CareerBuilder survey, companies will be “making up for lost ground caused by the recession” by pursuing 10 additional key trends.
In yet another “top 10 list” in a January blog post (!), these key initiatives include:
1. Replacing lower-performing employees
2. Focusing on social media to strengthen brand
3. Rehiring laid-off workers
4. Providing flexible work arrangements
5. Cutting perks and benefits
6. Rehiring retirees and postponing retirement
7. Turning to freelance or contract hiring
8. Adding green jobs
9. Stepping up bilingual recruitment
10. Reducing business travel
So what about your business? Will hiring come off the back burner and make an appearance again in 2010? And what about the other trends CareerBuilder revealed in its survey? Will you be taking any of the same steps?