What Today's Job Seekers Want
Job seekers may be having a tough time landing a position these days, but don't assume they're willing to take anything they can get. According to a recent survey by job search engine SimplyHired.com, today's job hunters have pretty specific ideas about what they're looking for in their career and in prospective employers. More than 80 percent of those polled by the site said they'd rather have a job they love than one that pays well. They also want personalized benefits such as flexible schedules and the option to telecommute -- mothers especially. And they're looking to work for environmentally conscious employers: Half of respondents say they want to work for a green-certified company, and some 60 percent are looking for employers that at least recycle.
Still, job seekers realize that in this market, there are some instances where they may have to settle. According to the survey, which incorporates 75 user polls conducted by SimplyHired.com between
But survey results don't tell the whole story. Recently,
The survey emphasizes that job seekers are passionate and selective these days. Are they really able to be choosy in this market?
If you look at the situation at the moment, you obviously have a range of job seekers in the mode of "we'll take what we can get." ... [but] some job seekers can be more selective because they have skills that are in demand. They recognize that they can work remotely and can have flexible schedules and can get specific with what kind of work they are doing.
When you go through a recessionary period as long and deep as this one, the economy looks very different. Certain industries and occupations are doing better than others. For example, if you have skills in the nursing industry -- if you're a registered nurse, you will find that your job is very much in demand ... Another is technology. Technology took a major hit [in the recession], but certain types of engineering positions continue to be in very, very high demand. There is an 11.2 percent unemployment rate in
The survey shows that 45 percent of job seekers use LinkedIn to search for jobs, a quarter use
More people are now using social media to communicate with others than E-mail. From a recruiting perspective, people's personal and professional networks are online. Historically, about half of all hiring is done with referrals. The job-search process is coming online, and instead of calling up friends and asking if they know of any good companies, your friends can literally help you get a job online. On SimplyHired.com, you can opt into LinkedIn and
In your opinion, what are some surprising findings from the survey?
There are a couple of interesting areas. People want to identify with their company and the company's brand. They want to feel connected with their employer, and find a job that they are passionate about. It's amazing to me in polling about what it is that people have as career goal. Overwhelmingly, they are saying "we want to find a job we love." We also see more and more people changing jobs. Paternity leave is another. An increasing number of people say it should be there in the workplace.
Is paternity leave becoming a more common work benefit?
Anecdotally, we think it's becoming more common ... as you see women taking greater roles in the workforce, an emphasis on paternity leave is more common as the load is being shared more equally.
Self-employment is an interesting area because when you have a situation where workers have more and more choice, the lines between what it means to be self-employed become more and more blurred. People start out remotely or more project-based ... more than a third of people said they'd consider starting their own company, and 28 percent said they would definitely [start their own company]. The other aspect is working on a contract or more project-based basis [60 percent of respondents said they would rather work from home doing contract jobs for various companies than work full-time in an office for one company.] They say they [want to] do this because they can do a job they like. Others say they want to work from home.
Sixty percent of survey respondents said they'd like to telecommute. How are companies responding to employees' desire to work from home?
We definitely see more and more emphasis on jobs that either have it as a component, or jobs that are essentially an opportunity to work remotely ... certainly we live in a more global economy overall and have more remote teams ... related to that march of technology, it is playing a significant role. The fact is that we live in a world where if you want to stay connected, you can by E-mail, gchat, and video conferencing opportunities that are available. All of these things allow us to stay connected in ways that are more convenient. The notion of having to be in the same place at the same time -- while many recognize the benefits of that, on a day-to-day basis, people who work at home are more productive and have more satisfaction overall with their careers ... Workers can take on projects and they're judged on their work rather than sitting in an office and doing work. That speaks to a level of empowerment we're seeing.
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