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Third of Americans to seek new job this year: Monster

February 13, 2019

One in three Americans, 33%, plan to look for a new job this year, according to data from Monster Worldwide Inc.’s 2019 State of the Candidate report. The survey found the percentage is even higher among 18- to 34-year-olds; 48% in this age category plan to look for a new job this year.

Ninety percent of those planning to seek a new job expect to do so within the first three months of 2019. And while 54% believe the process would be easy if they had to look for a new job tomorrow, the remainder believe it would be hard.

The survey also found 75% of respondents have had a job where they didn’t feel they were a good fit, and half have felt this way in two or more jobs. Among those who have felt like a bad fit at a job, only 14% were able to tell right away when they started — it took weeks for 41% and months for 39%.

Another three-quarters of the Americans surveyed think that video will play a role in job searching in the future. Seventy-two percent anticipate video in the future job search, but expected uses vary:

  • Video call with recruiters/potential employers in the interview process: 36%
  • Video résumé: 33%
  • Video job description: 27%
  • Video application submission: 25%
  • Video featuring a recruiter describing a job ad: 22%

Eighty percent of respondents agreed a video of a recruiter talking about a role as part of a job ad would help them better understand a job opportunity. The research also found 32% do not believe that a traditional résumé adequately conveys their value to employers, and this is substantially higher among respondents ages 55 to 65, at 48%.

The online survey was commissioned by Monster among a nationally representative sample of 1,000 Americans ages 18 to 65. The survey was conducted between Dec. 17 and Dec. 27, 2018.


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Jenifer Joyce03/01/2019 12:08 pm

Seeing that 80% would like to see a video describing more about the position presents an opportunity to leverage technology to make a personal connection and streamline processes. We work hard to ensure job descriptions are interesting, clear, and without bias; however, they may lack appeal to those who are auditory learners, who make up about 30% of the population. Utilizing video to convey key attributes needed for the role could provide much-needed texture for auditory learning candidates, along with a more personal connection to the recruiter. It could also save valuable and repetitive time in the phone screening process while bringing a more informed candidate to the discussion.

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