It\u2019s certainly not the best time for a job search, but career coach Andrea Kay says you could be doing several things now to propel your career forward when the economy recovers.\u201cThis is not the time to fall into a funk, become a victim and claim that no one is hiring: \u2018The economy stinks and there\u2019s nothing I can do.\u2019 This is the time to raise key questions, strategically dream about your future and be more innovative about your career than you\u2019ve ever been before,\u201d Kay says.I recently spoke to Kay about what people can do to make their job searches more effective. She shared the following advice:* Nix the negative thinking. Kay had just come from a meeting with a client in IT who was fielding a job offer, and says the point is that there are positions. \u201cTo say there are no jobs is ludicrous. It\u2019s not what it was, but it\u2019s a really bad belief to hold because you\u2019re sabotaging yourself. Get that thinking out of your mind.\u201d* Plan how you\u2019ll approach the job market when the timing is right. Are you unsatisfied with your current position but have decided to wait it out? \u201cIf you\u2019re sitting tight, this is the time to invest in yourself,\u201d Kay says.Sit down and figure out what you do best. What are the top six skills you bring to the table? For example, what makes you a good project manager? Are you good at organizing, prioritizing, analyzing? Break your skills down into very basic concrete verbs.\u201cWhat this does is it helps you articulate in English to other people what you\u2019re good at,\u201d Kay says. \u201cIt also helps you tailor things like your resume and your three-minute commercial to people who don\u2019t understand technical language.\u201d* Think about alternative futures. Kay says you can get ready for when the tide does roll in by considering scenarios that you might fit into.\u201dIf you\u2019re now working for a software developer, what other kinds of industries or companies might you fit into? How would you do in those and what obstacles would you run into?\u201d she asks. This will tell you if you need to update your skills in a certain area.*Network, network, network. \u201cA lot of my IT clients are very introverted and they hate talking to people,\u201d she says. But networking isn\u2019t so much about asking people for a job, but getting their input to help you discover where positions might be and who to talk to. \u201cDevelop genuine relationships with people you care about and you like so that when you need them, they can help you,\u201d Kay says.For more information about Kay\u2019s books and services, go to her Web site at www.andreakay.com. You\u2019ll also find a collection of useful articles about career challenges.