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Saving 2019

Bob Goldman on

Good news! It's not too late to save 2019.

Yes, your New Year's resolutions have been smashed. Your hopes and dreams have been dashed. Still, there is enough 2019 left to turn it around. All you have to do is read Anne Fisher's hopeful post on the Fortune website.

"5 Career Moves You'll (Probably) Make in 2019" is the title of the piece, and if you are thinking that digging yourself out of the career muck and mire in which you are entombed will take a lot more than five moves, you owe it to yourself -- and your sanity -- to take a look at a few.

Move No. 1 is "negotiate for a raise, or change jobs for more money."

Asking for more money: Now that's a move you've never thought of. Or, at least, never acted on. You held back because you believed that your employer would rather replace you than pay you. And this was probably the case -- until 2019.

As Fisher explains, "Demand for many of the most-wanted job skills of 2018 is still rising (and at an even faster clip than in 2018)." Moreover, more people are leaving jobs for better pay, leaving behind positions that will need to be filled.

 

This "gigantic game of musical chairs" means that replacing you might not be as easy as you or your employer previously believed. Faced with having to pay a whole lot more dollars to lose you, your managers may decide it's better to spend a few more pennies to keep you.

If you can't find financial joy at your current firm, the advice is to look at "businesses with 50 to 499 employees. They brought 129,000 new staffers on board in December 2018." Companies with 500 or more employees hired less than half as many. (How many of these December hires were to play Santa at shopping malls, we don't know.)

"Raise a glass at lots of retirement parties" is Move No. 2.

If you've been waiting for a baby boomer to make room for a baby like yourself, 2019 could be your year. "A new report from Glassdoor predicts that a tsunami of Boomer retirements will finally hit corporate America, beginning in 2019."

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