Prepare now for your 2013 job search


Prepare now for your 2013 job search

Whether your goal for the new year is to score a new job, get that promotion or even ask for a raise, 2013 could be the best time to go for this since 2007.

And if you're currently in - or searching for - a professional worker position, your chances could be even higher, according to Money Magazine.

Experts say next year may be the best time for degreed individuals with experience and skills to offer to land a job, considering the growing demand for highly educated, highly trained workers. Although unemployment is still only a touch below 8 percent - and isn't expected to fall much further in 2013 - the unemployment rate within several professional sectors has shown remarkable improvement.

The unemployment rates for jobs in accounting, finance, legal, advertising, marketing and technology are anywhere between 2 and 5 percent, and salaries among these positions could grow by as much as 3.7 percent next year, a recent survey found. This is compared with the expected 3 percent increase in salaries across the workforce as a whole.

But the good news doesn't stop there. Those who switch to different firms could see even larger raises in the new year, and with the number of employers that look externally to bring on new hires growing, next year could be a perfect storm of hiring styles, demand and an improving economic climate. Recently collected data shows that 60 percent of respondents say they brought in outsiders to fill vacant positions, compared with 50 percent in the last two years.

The news provider stated that the rising rate of employee turnover, which has grown beyond 30 percent, will give companies incentive to offer more raises to keep their best workers from venturing out for greener pastures.

"Even if you plan to stay, a job offer could advance your career," said Kevin Hallock, author of "Pay: Why People Earn What They Earn and What You Can Do Now to Make More."

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So the stage has been set for a favorable hiring and jobs climate next year, the next part is up to you. Using an employment agency and knowing how to identify the right company in this maturing stage of its recovery could be a boon for your job seeking endeavors. The best way to target companies that are about to bring on scores of new hires - raising the likelihood that you'll be noticed - is to scour the many jobs aggregator sites like or CareerBuilder. These job board sites have risen to become one of the premier ways to find companies that are hiring, however, choosing the right one will be crucial for your search.

"There are many more specialized boards, and companies say niche sites tied to your industry are a good source of qualified candidates," said Mark Mehler of jobs consultancy CareerXRoads. "Companies will have an easier time finding you through targeted industry sites such as or (for nonprofit jobs) than on, say,"

According to a separate article in Money Magazine, now is the time to start preparing for and embarking on your job search journey. While hiring is anything but but robust right now, the jobs are, in fact coming back. By this time next year, analysts expect the economy to be adding an average of 173,000 jobs per month, compared with the current 157,000-per-month average.

"We'll see a slow but steady increase in employment throughout the year," said Sean Snaith, economics professor at the University of Central Florida. "The pendulum is shifting toward workers again."