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New Jobs and Less Stress: Top 2016 Career Goals

New Jobs and Less Stress: Top 2016 Career Goals
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As the new year gets ready to kick off, employees are making a lot of resolutions. Finding a new job, getting a promotion and cutting down on stress level are all goals workers will be striving for in 2016, according to a new study from CareerBuilder.

Overall, 21 percent of employees are setting their sights on a new job in 2016, up 5 percentage points from a year ago. The number is even greater for younger workers, with 31 percent of employees between the ages of 18 and 34 planning to leave their current employers for something new by the end of 2016.

"Just because a person is satisfied with their job doesn't necessarily mean they aren't looking for new work," Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder, said in a statement. "Because of this, it's critical to keep up with your employees' needs and continue to challenge them with work they feel is meaningful."

When looking for new work, employees are after more than just money. The research revealed that job stability, affordable benefits, location, a good boss and good work culture are all factors workers rank as more important than salary when considering a new job.

There are also a number of extra perks employees would love to have in a future position, including half-day Fridays, on-site fitness centers, daily catered lunches, massages and the option to wear jeans. [Proven Job Search Tactics for Every Career Level ]

To help job seekers, CareerBuilder offers several tips for job hunting in the New Year:

  • Social media: With so many social media outlets today, it's important to know where to focus your attention. CareerBuilder advises job seekers to know where their industry's recruiters and hiring managers spend their time. For example, those looking for a finance job would be best served spending time on LinkedIn, while media-company job seekers might find Twitter more valuable. In addition, job seekers would be wise to follow the profiles or pages of employers they want to work for to learn more about job openings and announcements.
  • Build your networks: Besides making as many new connections as possible, you also need to strengthen the bonds you have with your current connections. These contacts have the ability to open and close doors, and your relationships with them can have a significant impact on the opportunities you land.
  • Be original: Should you get called in for an interview, don't try to mimic a certain interview tactic or style that other candidates have found successful. Just because it worked for them, that doesn't mean it will work for you. Consider your own personal experiences, preferences and career goals, and figure out a way to use them to position yourself as a unique candidate.

Finding a new job isn't the only goal employees have in 2016. The study revealed that 38 percent of workers are determined to save more of their pay, while 28 percent want to reduce their stress levels in the year ahead. In addition, 26 percent want to get a raise or promotion, 19 percent want to eat healthier at work and 17 percent would like to learn something new by taking more courses, receiving new training or attending seminars, the survey showed.

The study was based on surveys of 3,252 workers across a range of industries.

Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.