More Than Half of U.S. Workers Plan to Look for a New Job This Year, Korn Ferry Survey Finds
- Vast majority are optimistic about job market
- Nearly seven in ten plan to work on improving their physical appearance
Twitter lags far behind
The survey also found that 66 percent of those now in jobs are optimistic about the 2014 economic outlook. Despite the preponderance of potential job changers, though, fully a third of workers haven’t updated their resumes in over a year.
The top factors driving those seeking new employment: more money (48 percent), career advancement (27 percent) and boredom/job distaste (nine percent). Slightly more than half, 54 percent, said they’d be willing to work for less money for a more fulfilling job.
On the flip side of the equation, the recent economic downturn is still top of mind among those content in their jobs. They cited job stability/economic uncertainly (39 percent) and pay/benefits (23 percent) as the primary reasons for likely staying put.
“The sentiment within the labor market is more optimistic than it was at
this time last year. As a result, the work force is feeling more
empowered than ever – whether they are seeking more satisfying careers,
looking to advance within the organizations they serve or sharpening
their leadership skills,” said
When it comes to enhancing their career marketability in 2014, nearly seven in ten workers (67 percent) intend to work on improving their physical appearance via diet, exercise and/or new professional attire.
The survey also gauged the impact of social media as job-search tools.
According to the survey respondents,
Detailed survey results:
How many years have you been in the workforce?
|21 years +||36.6%|
What’s your highest level of education?
If you have a family, are you the sole financial provider?
When was the last time you updated your resume?
|Within the last month||22.3%|
|Within the last six months||31.9%|
|Within the last 12 months||12.8%|
|More than a year||33.0%|
Do you plan to look for a new job in 2014?
If you intend to explore new career opportunities in 2014, what is your primary motivation?
|Improving economic outlook/job market||7.0%|
|Boredom/distaste for current job||8.8%|
|Overworked at current job||4.0%|
|Disengaged culture at current job||0.4%|
|Lack of trust in leadership at current job||3.7%|
|Dislike my boss||1.1%|
If you're content in your current job, what is your primary reason for staying?
|Job stability/economic uncertainty||38.8%|
|Solid pay and benefits||22.7%|
|Opportunities for career advancement internally||8.8%|
|Organization’s commitment to talent development||1.8%|
|I like my boss||11.4%|
|Favorable culture/I like my colleagues||10.6%|
|I play a major role in the organization’s mission||5.9%|
Are you planning to enhance your education in 2014 (graduate degree, continuing education, professional certification)?
Would you be willing to relocate for the right job?
Have you or would you consider taking a temporary job if a full-time position wasn’t available?
Would you be willing to work for less money for a more fulfilling/satisfying job?
Would you be willing to work for more money at a less fulfilling/satisfying job?
Are you optimistic about the jobs outlook for 2014?
What specific skill would you like to improve to enhance your job marketability?
What do you consider to be the most valuable social media tool in terms of career development?
Are you planning to enhance your appearance (diet, exercise, new wardrobe) to make yourself more marketable?
For Korn Ferry