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2013 May Be the Year Employees Say 'I Quit!'

Monday, 7 Jan 2013 | 2:47 PM ET
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The steady drumbeat of "you're just lucky to have a job" that played through the recession is finally starting to fade and employees may be getting ready to say, "I quit!" and bolt for the nearest exit.

One in three employees (33 percent) say they plan to look for a new job this year and nearly one in five (18 percent) say they'll be looking in the next three months, according to a new survey by Harris Interactive for job-search site Glassdoor.com.

Over at Indeed.com, their survey showed the number of employees making a New Year's resolution to get a new job jumped to 38 percent.

Part of this shot of confidence comes from the early signs of recovery in the job market, like the December jobs report, and part of it comes from the fact that most companies, while more stable than in recent years, are not confident enough to start handing out raises.

(Read more: Economy Adds 155,000 Jobs in December)

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"Now that it appears that the extreme highs and lows are behind us, the slow and conservative pace employees are seeing with their own employment situation is causing employees to evaluate if now is the time to see if the grass may be greener with another employer," said Rusty Rueff, Glassdoor's career and workplace expert. "While the past few years have tilted to an employer market, we're leveling out and employees are finding their position to stand upon," he said.

Less than half of those surveyed (40 percent) said they expect a cost-of-living or pay increase in the next year.

(Read more: Asking for a Raise in a Tight Economy)

And, of course, the No. 1 reason people cited when it comes to accepting a job offer is money.

Nearly three out of four (73 percent) cited salary and compensation as their top deciding factor, followed by location/commute (55 percent), career growth opportunities (30 percent) and the amount of work expected (22 percent).

Just 17 percent said they were concerned about being laid off at their current job.

And, while many companies are still playing it safe, some are starting to wise up to this possibility for a mass exodus of workers and are offering more perks.

Among those employees who reported positive changes at their company, 65 percent reported being awarded some new perk such as the option to work remotely, casual dress, flexible work hours and/or new stock. That's the highest level in over a year.

Of course, you don't just say "I'm going to get a new job this year" and poof! Like "I Dream of Jeannie," you get a new job. The Indeed survey found that, aside from losing weight, most people think finding a new job was the hardest New Year's resolution to keep.

So, where are all these jobs that we might resolve to get in the New Year?

Indeed said based on the total volume of job listings, the most in-demand jobs right now are: registered nurses, customer/client service representatives, quality assurance engineers/testers, sales managers/representatives, retail store managers/associates, software engineers, physical therapists, accountants and auditors, truck drivers and occupational therapists.

The top cities hiring include: San Jose, Washington, D.C.,Raleigh, Hartford and Boston, according to Indeed.com.

And the top cities for snagging a $100,000 job includes:San Jose, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Boston and Hartford.

"But wait!," you say. "I love my job. I just wish I earned more!"

Well great news, Underpaid Workers of America – January just so happens to be one of the best months to ask for a raise, according to professional-networking site LinkedIn.

(Read more: The Best Months to Ask for a Raise)

But hang on there a second, Champ – you can't just go marching in there and demand a raise citing January or this article as your reason!

Make sure you do your homework, using a site like Payscale.com, GetRaised.com or Glassdoor.com to find out what the standard pay is for your job. Make a list of your recent accomplishments (never ask for a raise right after a big flub). And make sure it's not a horrible time to ask your boss – like the company just had a terrible quarter or is in the middle of a big lawsuit.

As long as you do all of those things, it never hurts to, like Cuba Gooding, Jr. in "Jerry Maguire," ask your employer to SHOW. YOU. THE MONEY.

Worst they can say is "No," and then it's up to you to decide if it's time to look for another job.

The Chinese Zodiac says 2013 is the "Year of the Snake" but in Corporate America, it just might be the "Year of the Quitter!"

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