A new year, a new job?
A new year, a new job? Trinette Reed

Perfect time to find your perfect job

AND here we are.

The first weekend in 2013.

In your working life, how do you plan on making this year better than the last?

If you're looking to change jobs, or are currently looking for work, you can start your search afresh as the calendar flips into the new year.

Don't let negative employment outlooks put a dampener on your search - research from Westpac shows that the bulk of the negative sentiment is coming from those already working.

The unemployed, retired and those not looking for work are actually the most positive about the state of the employment market.

Westpac chief economist Bill Evans said that, irrespective of low interest rates and improving housing markets, employment still raised concerns.

"Despite another rate cut and improving sentiment towards housing, consumers remain cautious and particularly concerned around the outlook for the economy and for employment," he said.

"The Reserve Bank has two more months to assess the impact of its interest rate moves before its next meeting.

"Evidence to date is that low rates are not generating much traction with households. Hence there is likely to be a decision to further ease rates in February or March."

The RBA does not meet in January.

How then does that relate to jobseekers? The RBA cuts rates when it believes it needs to stimulate the economy - lowering the cost of borrowing money makes spending more attractive. More spending means stronger economic growth.

It follows then that a stronger economy is one with lower unemployment and more job opportunities as businesses expand their staffing to accommodate increasing demand for their goods and services.

January can be a quieter time on the recruitment front as many companies are returning to work after Christmas-new year shutdowns.

That doesn't mean there aren't proactive organisations that are putting in place recruitment plans for 2013 - it's up to you to convince them that those plans need to include you.

Head online to mycareer.com.au, and there's even more tips, along with a range of useful tools to help you find your ideal job.

The site offers several tools to help in your job hunt - you can save interesting jobs, make notes and keep track of applications, save a copy of your resume to make applying that much easier, set up email alerts to have jobs delivered to your inbox, search for jobs as advertised in your local paper, or even visit the salary centre to investigate what you should earn in a particular role.

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