A new nationwide career survey says one in three workers will look for a new job this year, and 18 percent of them plan to start the search almost immediately, according to Glassdoor.com.
That's exactly what Ronnie Williams of Lansing wants in the new year: a new job.
"I kinda started thinking positive instead of negative, and I want to get back out there," Williams said. "A new year bring new things, so that's pretty much what I'm going out for now."
Williams isn't alone. Capital Area Michigan Works was packed Thursday night until closing time with people searching for that first job and that next step.
"Even if you are employed, and you were put on the street today, are you ready for that next job?" CEO of Capital Area Michigan Works Doug Stites said. "Or you ready and comfortable that you'd be prepared to be out there getting ready? Because we don't know what's ever going to happen, the economy, every company's different."
Stites said IT, healthcare, and manufacturing skills sets are in high demand in the area, and if someone is ready to make a move from a current position, do some homework first.
"Think exactly about what the attributes are that you're going to bring to that firm, make sure you understand that company," Stites said. "You're just not applying for a job, you're trying to actually get a career with that company."
Economists said Lansing is poised for healthy economy this year, and as people look for jobs with bigger salaries, they might not have to look far.
"Once people are leaving jobs and looking for jobs, and there's serious movement in the labor market, that's the time when wages tend to come up," CEO of Lansing Economic Area Partnership Bob Trezise said.
Increased wages are just one way companies will respond to make sure they retain employees and look attractive to the competition.
"They're trying to provide the best possible work environment they can," Stites said. "They're providing the training they need for those employees to be able to have the skill set they need to be productive."
Optimism is one skill that can't always be taught though.
"Go for it," Williams said. "Don't think about losing, don't think about failing, just do it. That's pretty much what I'm doing. I'm just doing it."
One thing economists are worried about is the political climate in Washington, D.C.
Trezise said if both parties can't work together, the trickle down effect could slow down Mid-Michigan's economic recovery.