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New Year, new me, new job?

Trying to get a new job toward the end of the year can be a little tricky because of the holidays, but now that the new year is here, it’s time to look for that job change.

The month of January usually sees a boom in people searching for jobs, and employers looking for people to hire — and that’s no different in the southeast Idaho region.

“I think it’s kind of a New Year’s Resolution kind of a deal. You’re through the holidays, you’re ready to start fresh. It’s a new year. And if you have any job dissatisfaction or any of these other reasons to leave a job, the beginning of the new year just kind of feels right to start looking for a new one,” said Hope Morrow, the regional economist at the Idaho Department of Labor.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says the jobless rate is at 4.1 percent, which is a 17-year low. And that is great for people who are searching right now.

“Typically when people job-hop, job dissatisfaction is No. 1. It can typically revolves something around being unhappy with management, it could be for pay or any other reason to be dissatisfied with your job,” Morrow said.

Employers are looking for new hires as well, and at this time it can prove to be difficult.

“Trying to match people’s skills, or lack thereof, with training, with the employment opportunities in the area has always been hard. It gets even harder when the unemployment rate is so low because there are less people to choose from that are currently unemployed or currently looking for jobs,” Morrow said.

Businesses struggle to find qualified candidates. Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center knows this tale all too well.

“We are constantly looking for qualified candidates. There’s just a national shortage across the board in the medical field. We fill that, especially here in Idaho Falls. It’s a little bit difficult sometimes to recruit people from across the country to Idaho Falls,” said Clint Washburn, the interim vice president of human resources at EIRMC.

This is why partnerships in recruitment are key to many businesses.

“This year we’re excited to continue our national searches for qualified candidate, but we’re also excited to continue our partnerships with CSI, BYU-Idaho, ISU and now College of Eastern Idaho to find the candidates that we need,” Washburn said.

According to Monster Job Search data, job searches in the first week of January typically increase as much as 70 percent from an average day.

Frazier Industrial in Idaho Falls is also looking for new hires for the new year. Email your resume to

Happy hunting.

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