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Survey finds 20% of employed actively seeking new job

August 24, 2015

Most people are open to new job opportunities, according to the 2015 Job Search Methods Survey released today by PrideStaff. More than 20% of respondents are employed but actively looking for another position, the report found, and nearly one-third are “passive job seekers,” who are open to learning about new opportunities even though they are currently employed.

Respondents were asked, “Which of the following options best matches your current employment status?” Answers included:

  • Currently unemployed and looking for work: 33.1%
  • Currently employed but actively looking for another job: 20.4%
  • Currently employed and open to listening to new opportunities if presented to me: 32.8%
  • Currently employed and not open to new opportunities: 13.7%

Among those who are actively searching for work, nearly half of respondents initiated their search to find better pay, culture and training, or to switch careers.

Respondents reported their top tactics for conducting their latest job search were online job boards, 73.5%; employment agency/recruiter, 69.6%; and friends/family referral or recommendation, 45.6%.

“While job search behaviors and trends are quite diverse, highly desirable candidates are able to find opportunities quickly and may only be on the job market for a brief period,” PrideStaff COO Tammi Heaton said.

The online survey was conducted in March and included nearly 900 individuals.


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