In December, we asked our Movin’ On Up readers what they predict the job market will look like in 2017, and the responses were very encouraging! A total of 28% of respondents said the job market was looking up for the new year, and they are definitely getting a job offer or promotion this year. Twenty-five percent aren’t as enthusiastic about the job market, but feel that it’s good enough to test the waters and see what’s out there for them.
Other results include:
- Buckle down everybody! Things are going to get worse before they get better — 23%
- I’m staying where I am. I don’t expect things to get better — 10%
In addition, 14% of readers selected “other” and cited the following reasons:
- Not this year. Next year will be better.
- No job for me yet.
- Expect another great depression or recession.
- Mixed emotions.
- Continued upward movement in the short term, then down.
For those who are ready to get a job offer or promotion in 2017, the first of the year is a great time to start networking with your end goal in mind. Since a lot of people are just returning from holiday vacation, take the time to pick up the phone or send a handwritten letter to your professional contacts and ask them to lunch. Then, you can catch up and let them know you are interested in making a career change in the near future.
Also, consider joining local professional organizations this year. This could be a great opportunity to expand your professional circle and make some new friends along the way.
What are your job market predictions in 2017? Let us know in the comments below!