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New Year brings fresh optimism for job seekers

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One out of every three employees hopes to find a new job in the New Year. That's according to a new survey from career site Glassdoor.com, which also found 18 percent of employees are looking to make a move by March.

And experts say workers have good reason to feel rosy about new opportunities.

"They have a better chance of finding a job now than they had just six months ago," explained Ken Marsh, CEO of Fearless Networking.

Why the optimism?

"We all know that the unemployment rate is now at its lowest level in three and a half years," said Scott Dobroski with Glassdoor.com. "This (survey) is a strong indicator that employees are feeling much more confident about their chances to not only find a job in 2013, but also find the right job."

Companies should consider that employee confidence a warning shot, says Danann Smith, a division director with staffing firm Robert Half International.

"They've been very concentrated on growing their own business," said Smith. "They need to probably focus their attention on retaining good employees that did last through that trying time, and reward them appropriately."

Otherwise, some of the stars who survived the pink slips -- but who now question their company's loyalty -- may seek greener pastures.

And they may well start their search, says Marsh, by reaching out to their former co-workers who got the ax.

"When you have situations where people have left because of downsizing and gone on to other job opportunities, you can usually follow them -- if your network is active."

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