It depends who you ask whether we are in a recession or not. But as I talk to clients things are not all great.

So first keep your job - even if you don't like it - it makes sense to find a new one before you quit. Make sure you are wanted - volunteer for the key projects and create relationships with decision-makers.

But if you are laid off, had to switch jobs, or are 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 you are over-qualified for but stress to the employer that you will fit in and offer value.

3. Work on different income streams. Make your hobbies money-making, learn a new skill and sell it. Don't rely on the one 9-5 job - be creative.

4. Cut your costs so you don't have to earn so much. Moving states may mean that two incomes could become one income.

5. Go for it! Take the chance to go for the career you always wanted. Propose an alternative work schedule - part-time that helps you and reduces cost for the employer.

6. Take time to enjoy being free from work.

7. Be clear that the right job is out there for you even if it feels like it's not. Have faith in yourself!

Author's Bio: 

David Couper is a career coach and writer who for the last twenty years has worked in Europe, Asia, and in the USA with major organizations including the BBC, Fuji Television, Mattel, Sony, and Warner Bros.

He has successfully coached individuals at all levels including CEOs of major companies wanting a new challenge, frustrated souls wanting to make their dream come true, and front-line employees laid off and desperate to get a job.

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.

David has a degree in Communication, a postgraduate qualification in education, is certified in a number of training technologies, and has a Masters in 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.

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

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