A new year brings a lot of excitement with it—including setting New Year’s resolutions or goals to make the most of the year ahead.
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!