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What’s Your Take on 2010?

I’ve been hearing a lot of conflicting information and opinions about 2010.  What better way to add to my confusion than a poll of my friends, Tweeps, colleagues, blog followers, and maybe a few folks who actually have data analysis under their belt.

By they way, here’s a few snippets from CareerBuilder’s 2010 U.S. Hiring Forecast:

Twenty percent of employers 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. Sixty-one percent don’t plan to change staff levels, while 10 percent say they are unsure.

When asked which areas employers plan to hire for in 2010, one-third pointed to technology followed by 28 percent in customer service. Nearly one-quarter (23 percent) plan to add sales people, 18 percent will add in research/development, 17 percent in business development, 15 percent in accounting/finance and 14 percent in marketing.

Perhaps your vote is gut instinct. Perhaps it’s based on company budgets set for this year. Maybe it’s based on your January activity.  Whatever.  Let me know your thoughts and we’ll see how it compares to the rest of the voters. Feel free to provide comments substantiating your vote, too.


January 14, 2010 - Posted by | General Musings, Job Search, Management 101


  1. I’m an automotive dealer. I don’t think 2010 could possibly be as hard as 2009 was. Also, there was an overall sales increase in the 4th quarter of 2009. I believe this is just the beginning of a bounce back. Consumer confidence is up in my brand and my showroom has that pleasant sound of people talking cars and kicking tires..

    In 2009, I was down 20.5% from 2007. I believe we can get back inline with 2007 this year and support even more growth for the next year.

    I’m 100% optimistic about this.

    Comment by hagendurant | January 14, 2010 | Reply

  2. My friend Jeff, let’s create some clarity for your viewers.

    2010 is light years better than 2009 and we are only 14 days into it! There is a momentum that cannot be denied.

    Please continue with the inquisitive data collection. I enjoy fully.

    Thank you for sharing,


    Comment by Meghan M. Biro | January 14, 2010 | Reply

  3. Our January finacial activity hasn’t shown remarkable improvement but our attitudes have! I view that as a huge step in the right direction.

    Love your polls!

    Comment by Deb Evans | January 14, 2010 | Reply

  4. I really don’t see 2010 hiring of recruiters to be anything but contract work for most of of the year. Companies are stil too cautious and rightly so. However I do see an uptick in recruiting contract opportunities and that may last for a while. The question is will this be a permanent condition – will corporate recruiting be changed forever? There are some that say “yes” to this and I am more inclined to agree as I read about the flexible workforce; see Business Week’s feature article in their latest issue.

    Comment by Dorothy Beach MBA CIR PHR | January 16, 2010 | Reply

  5. December ’10 will be a little better than December ’09. As of now the landscape is uncertain. What will healthcare do to taxes? Will there be tax credits for investments? Finance reform bill from Barney Frank, how will that impact the business community? In general, how does the rest of the business community fell? I may feel upbeat, ready to invest, ready to hire/grow. But, if there is not a “critical mass” that feel the same as I do, then there will be little to no growth.

    Until the Rules of the Road are in place and understood, it looks as if everyone will be waiting. In general, companies are more optomistic in Jan and Feb about the current year’s potential. In Apr, they are more realistic. In some years, by Jun they are the Suicide Watch List. Maybe you should repeat this survey in April…

    (I am not taking a position that the impending legislative changes are good, bad, needed, etc. Rather, a large percent of the business community have their plans on hold until the legislative bills are final (passed or voted down. The more time taken to finalized the bills, the more of ’10 that passes and the less likely Dec ’10 will see a dramatic improvement over Dec ’09.)


    Comment by Terry | January 18, 2010 | Reply

  6. Terry, you took the words out of my mouth! Healthcare, then a new tax bill, then environmental regulation, then…

    When there is uncertainty in the air businesses hold on to their cash.

    Comment by Brad Farris | January 18, 2010 | Reply

  7. Brad, thanks for letting me have your words.

    When controls or taxes are eased, business and innovation do great. When controls or taxes are more restrictive, business will do good. Not great, but good. OK, maybe not so good, but they will make some progress.

    When there is uncertainty, business stands on the sideline.

    We have to know the rules of the game before we can get back on the field.


    Comment by Terry | January 18, 2010 | Reply

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