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Poll: Why Did You Leave Your Last Job?

MOV_POLL-ICONWith the new year underway, many workers are resolving to get a new job, according to a CareerBuilder survey. In fact one in five people plan to change jobs in 2014. Whether you’re planning to leave your current job or if you’ve already made the move and are searching for a new position, let us know why you left your last job.

While You Wait

Patty Prosser, chair of consulting firm OI Partners, suggests being open to alternative employment opportunities in an improving economy. “There is increased demand for contract, freelance, and part-time work. Position yourself to take advantage of these employment options,” she says.

So since 20% of those with jobs plan to leave for other opportunities, we want to know why you plan to leave or have already left your last job. Let us know by voting in our poll.

2014 Hiring Forecast

Job_Market_PRediction_AT_Jan2014_webMost people enter a new year with a positive, hopeful outlook of what the next 12 months will hold for their lives. Unfortunately, that positive attitude is a little more hit-or-miss in regards to what 2014 holds for the job market.
Our recent poll of Movin’ On Up readers found that more than a third believe the market will get worse in 2014, with only 24% feeling tentatively positive and 19% feeling very positive about job growth this year. In contrast to last year’s similar poll of 2013 job market predictions, this year’s results seem to indicate a negative trend. For 2014, positive predictions fell 10% compared to 2013. However, national resources take a different view.

The Big Picture
The Wall Street Journal reports that “absent an economic shock, total jobs finally could surpass their pre-recession peak by mid-2014.” A recent WSJ survey revealed a general feeling of optimism from economists who predict that 198,000 jobs will be added each month. The chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, Mark Zandi, had an even more positive prediction, telling USAToday that he anticipates a monthly job gain of 225,000.

Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder, has a good explanation of why there doesn’t seem to be a consensus on what hiring will look like in 2014, based on the results from CareerBuilder’s Annual Job Forecast. “The general sentiment shared by employers whom CareerBuilder talks to every day is that there will be a better job market in 2014. What we saw in our survey was reluctance from some employers to commit to adding jobs until the outcomes of debt negotiations and other issues affecting economic expansion are clearer.”

What This Means for You
All of this uncertainty isn’t a license for you to give up on your job search this year. If these predictions are accurate, the farther into the year we get, the more companies will begin hiring. CareerBuilder’s survey also showed that 51% of the employer respondents currently had open positions for which they couldn’t find qualified workers. This skills gap can be a great advantage in your job hunt if you take the time to build up your knowledge and experience. Plus, almost half of the employers said they were willing to train employees who lacked the skills required for a position.

Some of the areas associated with the most hiring in 2014 include business development, sales, technology, and operations, according to Forbes. More than 25% of those employers surveyed by CareerBuilder reported they plan to create new jobs this year in science, technology, engineering, and math, with the biggest salary increases associated with sales and IT.

Whether you’re expecting good things or bad things from the job market over the next 12 months, don’t let your feelings or predictions affect your own personal job hunt. Take charge of your situation, get your name out there, and do what it takes to make yourself a desirable employee. At the end of the day, most employers are always looking for quality, hard-working people to add to their teams.
Do you have any specific predictions about this year’s job market? What do you do to make yourself a top candidate and increase the likelihood of getting hired? Please share your thoughts with the rest of us in the comments section below!

Poll Summary Results: Job Market Predictions for 2014

Poll_Results_Jan2014In a recent poll, we asked what your job market predictions for 2014 were. The results show a majority of people aren’t very optimistic about the job market in 2014, but others are remaining hopeful that things will look up.  Compared to the job market predictions of voters in 2013, there has been a slight positive change.

More than 36% of voters believe things will get worse before they get better, followed by 24% of people who are willing to take a risk and say they’re contemplating testing the waters to see what else is out there in the job market which is up 6% from 2013.

Coming in third, with 19% of the votes, are those believing they’ll see a promotion in their near future.
Another 13% of people moved from “staying put” to “testing job market water” in 2014 which is down 7% from last year. And 8% of the votes were for “other.”

The Up and Up
Regardless if you are optimistic and willing to take risks or if you’re not so hopeful about the job market in 2014, make each day count. You may not be able to predict your future, but you can work hard each day and help shape it.
For more insight on the job market or advice on your job search, check out these articles:
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•    Facebook and the Job Search
•    Job Search Success Simplified

What are your job market predictions for 2014? Take our poll:

Although business and consumer confidence took a hit this past year with the partial government shutdown, the news for 2014 is not all doom and gloom.

A study on the job market by Forbes anticipates moderate growth for 2014. Job opportunities are expected to start perking up towards the middle of next year.

With 2013 coming to a close, we want to know your thoughts and what you expect in the 2014 job market. If you have your own prediction, share it in the comments section below.

Poll: How do you Display Charitable Citizenship?

Charity_MOU_Nov2013Giving back to the community is a great way to actively support charitable citizenship. Whether you’re giving coats to a local rescue mission for children that are in need during the winter or raising money for the Salvation Army Angel Tree, giving back is one of the greatest feelings.
How do you support your community through charitable citizenship?

Poll: How do you Plan to Handle Holiday Expenses?

Holiday_Spending_PollIf you haven’t started planning for your holiday spending, it’s not too late. With the holiday season quickly approaching it’s important to know the best ways to save money and, if possible, earn some extra income.
Last holiday season families across the country spent $854 on average, up from $646 in 2011 according to the annual survey on holiday spending from the American Research Group, Inc. Vote in our poll to tell us how you plan to handle your holiday expenses.

 

Poll: How Do You Think Millennial employees Want to be Managed?

Job Seeking and Career Advice PollA Google search on “Millennials in the workplace” returns more than 2.4 million results, reinforcing the impact this generation is having in the business world. Millennials have proven their ability to contribute in the workplace and mingle with the other generations, but it’s still a hot topic of conversation.

Born between 1980 and the late-1990s, the 80 million members of the Millennial generation are a force to be reckoned with, outnumbering even the Baby Boomers. But when it comes to their desired management style, we want to hear what you think. Vote in our poll to tell us how you think Millennials want to be managed.