As we approach the new year, there is little doubt 2013 will have a better jobs picture than 2012. We can be grateful that 2012 as much as closed out the Great Recession that began in 2008, but 2013 looks even better, even with the looming fiscal cliff that will surely get resolved once that dust settles. Looking ahead into the new year, those who have been unemployed for an extended period should be able to muster more optimism and hope than before, as our economy in Utah continues to grow more rapidly than the nation, and, gratefully, the pace is picking up. One of the greatest influences in successful job search is hope, and one of the greatest deterrents to that success is the lack of hope. A new year offers an opportunity to gather that hope and allow it to spring you into action.