The encouraging news regarding the economy may be easing hiring fears, as employers signal an increase in their plans to hire, according to CareerBuilder's 2010 Job Forecast. While employers continue to closely monitor the progress of recovery for the U.S. economy, they are beginning to consider hiring strategies designed to preserve the health and growth of their businesses for the future.

Hiring in 2010
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.

How Employers Plan to Move Forward in 2010
Companies are looking to the future and making up for lost ground caused by the recession. The following are 3 of the 10 trends for 2010 that are outlined in CareerBuilder's forecast. 

  1. Replacing Lower-Performing Employees
    Employers are taking advantage of the large number of top talent in the current labor pool to strengthen their work force. Thirty-seven percent of employers say they plan to replace lower-performing employees with higher-performers in 2010.
  2. Emphasis on Social Media to Strengthen Brand
    The economy required companies to make some tough decisions about their businesses, which had a negative impact on their brands. Close to four-in-ten (37 percent) employers plan to put a greater emphasis on social media in 2010 to create a more positive brand for their organization.
  3. Rehiring Laid-Off Workers
    Companies needed to scale their businesses to market last year and four-in-ten employers say they were forced to lay off workers. Among those who had lay-offs in 2009, thirty-two percent of employers now say they plan to bring back workers and three-in-ten are either doing it now or plan to do so in the first six months of 2010.

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