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Tue, Jun 4, 2013

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U.S. Workers Feeling Optimistic, Monster’s Workforce Talent Survey Reveals

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Nearly half (42%) of employed job seekers are dissatisfied with their current job, with a surprising majority (81%) of the employed expecting to actively search for a new job in the next year, according to research we released today.

Today’s release revealed the top-line results of a survey of nearly 6,000 registered Monster users, covering general job market insight and sentiment. We surveyed workers on their current job seeker challenges, motivating factors driving them to a career change, their confidence in finding a job and job outlook by several key occupations.

Desire for higher compensation, seeking a better skills match, and personal fulfillment were listed by those currently employed as top reasons for seeking a new job. Conversely, over a third (36%) of participants are searching for a new job due to job loss.

The survey also indicated that job seekers, whether employed or unemployed, were generally confident of finding a job. In fact, 79% of the employed and 75% of the unemployed job seekers felt confident about acquiring a new job in the next year.

Our survey revealed that an overwhelming number of job seekers are in search of a more fulfilling job experience. Unemployed job seekers continue to visit Monster to identify their hiring opportunities, while employed job seekers appear to be expressing greater confidence in entering the job market in search of a fulfilling career.

While many job seekers express confidence in finding a new job, many are also frustrated. More than half (56%) report they are struggling to find a job matching their salary, title and location preferences. In addition, a sizable amount (47%) cannot find jobs for which they are qualified. More than one-third (38%) of respondents indicate employers do not understand their skills and experiences.

Job seekers looking for more fulfilling work responded with the following sentiments:

  • Nearly all (97%) Monster job seekers value the use of their skills and abilities and the enjoyment of the work they do.
  • The need for respect and appreciation rank among the highest desired traits of a new job (97%).
  • Monster job seekers (96%) rate salary as an important factor.
  • Job security is highly valued (95%).
  • More than a third (40%) of job seekers value flexible work schedules and the option to work from home.

 

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