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New Jobs and Saving Money Top Goals for Employees in 2017

New Jobs and Saving Money Top Goals for Employees in 2017
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When it comes to career-related resolutions for the new year, many employees have finding a new job and saving more money at the top of their lists, new research finds.

Overall, more than 20 percent of workers are planning to change jobs in 2017, with younger employees (age 18 to 34) the most likely to search for a new position, according to a CareerBuilder study.

“Whether it's unemployed people trying to find their way back to the workforce or those who are currently employed attempting an upgrade to greener pastures, a new year makes many people set their sights on job hunting," Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer for CareerBuilder, said in a statement.

When they go looking for new jobs, employees say there are several benefits they would be hard pressed to pass up. The research revealed that 40 percent of employees say working half a day on Fridays is the perk that would most likely draw them to a new employer or keep them from leaving their current job. [See Related Story: Everything You Need to Know About Job Searching in the Digital Age]

Other highly popular perks employees are looking for include an on-site fitness center, the ability to wear jeans, daily catered lunches and a personal office.

"To keep your top workers, you need to keep a pulse on what they're seeking," Haefner said. "For example, poll your employees from time to time to learn more about their goals and motivations and how they want to be treated."

For those planning to seek out a new employer in 2017, Haefner offers job seekers several tips on improving their chances of a landing a position they want.

  1. Expand your network: Instead of continuing to attend the same networking events that are frequented by the same people, try to grow your professional circle by mixing up the events you attend and the groups you join.
  2. Refine your personal brand: Be sure to have a well-defined message of who you are, what experience you have and the direction you want your career to take. Being able to clearly convey your identity to a hiring manager is a good way to set yourself apart from the crowd.
  3. Be social: Social media, in all its forms, can play a huge part in your chances of finding work. Try following and interacting with companies you like on social media, and consider writing a blog that's related to your career interests. Additionally, it is critical that you take a good look at your social profiles to ensure potential.

Finding a new employer isn't the only goal employees have for the year to come. The study shows that 49 percent of those surveyed want to save more of their salary in 2017, 38 percent want to be less stressed and 30 percent want a raise or a promotion.

Eating healthier at work, taking courses or attending seminars, and undergoing more training are among the other goals employees have their sights set on achieving this year.

The study was based on surveys of 3,411 full-time U.S. employees ages 18 and over.

Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based writer and editor with nearly 20 years in media. A 1998 journalism graduate of Indiana University, Chad began his career with Business News Daily in 2011 as a freelance writer. In 2014, he joined the staff full time as a senior writer. Before Business News Daily, Chad 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. Chad has also worked on the other side of the media industry, promoting small businesses throughout the United States for two years in a public relations role. His first book, How to Start a Home-Based App Development Business, was published in 2014. He lives with his wife and daughter in the Chicago suburbs.