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Hanna Horvath, CFP®

Hanna Horvath, CFP®

Managing Editor & Certified Financial Planner™

Hanna Horvath, CFP®, is a certified financial planner and former managing editor at Policygenius. Her work has also been featured in NBC News, Business Insider, Inc. Magazine, CNBC, Best Company, and HerMoney.

Published March 5, 2019 | 2 min read

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Job fulfillment can be an important factor in any career. Dissatisfaction with your job can push you into looking for new opportunities. Lots of people look for new jobs each year: A 2018 report by Monster found that one in three Americans plan on looking for a new job in 2019.

“There’s a labor shortage right now, so high-quality workers are in demand,” said Vicki Salemi, career expert at Monster.

Whether you are just starting out in the workforce or looking for a career change, here’s a look at the overall job landscape in 2019.

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When & where do people look for jobs?

January is the busiest time to search for jobs, according to the Monster jobs report. Wednesdays are the most popular day and 1 p.m. was the most popular time for job searches. But if you missed the early wave of job hunting, it’s not too late to start.

“Companies tend to hire year-round, so hopefully people continue to search throughout the year with the same determination and focus they possessed in January,” Salemi said.

The top five cities hiring in 2018 were Seattle, New York, Houston, Atlanta and Charlotte, North Carolina. Salemi predicts emerging tech cities like Austin will continue to grow as large corporations like Apple expand their presence there.

If you are considering moving for a job, make sure you know about these hidden moving expenses first.

What jobs are available?

The five biggest industries hiring are construction, computer technology, sales, business operations and customer support. You can learn more about what industries are growing and the top job in each industry below.

“Across the board, common trends show construction, computer and sales jobs are in demand for workers,” said Salemi.

Salemi expects accounting firms will grow because of the new tax laws taking effect. (If you aren’t sure how the tax bill affects you specifically, click here.)

She also mentioned the gig economy continues flourish, with side jobs like driving for ride-hailing services and dog-walking on the rise. Here’s a list of side hustles that cost nothing to start.

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