America’s workforce is itching for new opportunities, with 21% saying they want a new job in 2016, according to a CareerBuilder survey. Young people feel particularly antsy, with 30% of 18- to 34-year-olds saying they expect to leave their employer in 2016, up from 23% last year.
In 2014, only 16% of workers said they planned to move on in the new year, so turnover could increase in 2016. (The data come from an online poll of 3,252 workers conducted between Nov. 4 and Dec. 1 of this year.) More than a third (34%) of respondents said they regularly seek new opportunities even though they’re employed.
It’s important to note that if you’re evaluating job prospects, some employers run credit checks. So, just as you update career info on LinkedIn, make a habit of checking your credit before your next job search. Your new employer may not care, but it’s wise to keep tabs just in case. You can get free copies of your credit reports each year on AnnualCreditReport.com and check your credit score for free each month on Credit.com.
In another CareerBuilder survey, workers shared their career resolutions. The most popular pertained to money, with 38% saying they want to save more of their paychecks in 2016, down from 42% the year prior. Meanwhile, 28% want less stress, while 26% are hoping for a raise or promotion.
Whether your plans involve searching for jobs or moving up the career ladder, be sure to set realistic goals. The same goes for financial resolutions: If you want to get out of debt, save more or improve your credit score, start by making small changes you’ll stick with.
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