Top Job Search Tips for 2024

Getting a new job ranks among the top New Year’s resolutions every year. Wherever you are on your job search journey, PeopleReady shares four tips for landing the job you want in 2024.

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How to find a job in the new year

In January, many businesses will begin their search for new candidates to meet their yearly goals. The sooner you start your job search, the sooner your application will appear in the hands of eager hiring managers. So, what are you waiting for? We share four tips to help you find a job you’ll love in 2024. 

Do your research on the job market 

Increase your chances of getting a job that’s right for you by knowing what’s going on in the job market. According to a recent economic survey, employers are expected to create roughly 29,000 new jobs each month in 2024.  

Additionally, many industries like hospitality and events will continue to experience a worker shortage. As a result, companies are offering various incentives, including flexible schedules and career advancement opportunities, to ensure they have the candidates they need. 

Target your job search for growing industries 

If you want to be a successful job seeker in an uncertain economy, you have to be proactive about finding industries with the potential for long-term growth. These industries can offer you more stability and a greater likelihood of advancement. Here are a few industries in particular that are poised for future growth: 

  • Leisure and hospitality: Approximately 23.1% of all job openings are expected to come from the leisure and hospitality industry over the next decade, according to the BLS. 
  • Manufacturing and warehousing: Manufacturing has added more than 456,000 new jobs in 2022 (BLS). Meanwhile, the warehousing sector has added approximately 25,000 new jobs each month in 2022. 
  • Events and venues: The BLS projects 3.4% annual growth for jobs in events and venues. 

Keep your mind open to new possibilities 

The Great Resignation has allowed workers to take stock of their goals and work preferences, with many deciding to switch careers. Taking temporary jobs can expand your knowledge and help you decide which field is best suited to your talents.  

To ease the transition, you can also search for jobs that require the skills you already have. These jobs can also help you network with other people who can help you find a job that suits your skills and your long-term goals. 

Stay positive

Job searching can be tough, so staying positive is key. Don’t let setbacks discourage you. Keep applying and stay persistent until you land the right opportunity.

Pro tip: If you only apply for jobs through online job boards and job search websites, you could be looking for a  job for a long time. Online job listings are updated infrequently, and the position might already be filled by the time you apply. Meanwhile, recruiters often need plenty of time to sort through applicants. 

PeopleReady supports your job search with part-time and flexible jobs 

PeopleReady simplifies your job search process with jobs available on our website and through our app, JobStack. Once you sign up, you’ll have instant access to companies that are looking for candidates right now. With JobStack, you can take flexible jobs based on your schedule, providing you with a positive work-life balance. The app also gives you the ability to find a job in a number of growing industries, including: 

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PeopleReady, a TrueBlue company (NYSE: TBI), specializes in quick and reliable on-demand labor and highly skilled workers. PeopleReady supports a wide range of industries, including construction, manufacturing and logistics, retail and hospitality. Leveraging its game changing JobStack staffing app and presence in more than 600 markets throughout North America, PeopleReady served approximately 83,000 businesses and put approximately 226,000 people to work in 2022.