Job Seeker Preferences

Simply Hired, Inc. published their “Today’s Job Seeker Report – 2010 Edition, A survey of job seeker behaviors and motivations”. The report is based on over 75 user polls conducted on their website; this is what the job seekers said:

Tech-Savvy & Social Job Seekers

Internet is the number one channel for job search, with 86% of job seekers looking for jobs online. Social media is also a vital tool for today’s job seeker—32% find jobs through networking which is moving online, with LinkedIn (45%) and Facebook (24%) considered the most effective social networks for job search.

Passion for Work

Although jobs are currently hard to come by, the main career goal in 2010 for 83% of job seekers was to find a job they love and not “just a job.” And it’s the work itself that makes job seekers love their job. A recent poll found that 38% say doing something meaningful is the biggest motivation at work, and when faced with the choice between finding a job they love or one that pays well. A majority of job seekers would relocate for a job.

Workplace Preferences

46% of job seekers said that healthcare/insurance is non-negotiable, 46% said working close to home is important and 60% said they would prefer to telecommute.

Going Green

52% of people would prefer to work at green-certified companies. And many believe alternative energy production is the hot green field for the upcoming years, followed by green construction and retrofitting.

The most sought out eco-initiative at potential companies is recycling, followed by reduced energy use and paper usage.

Transferring Skills to a New Career

As opportunities in certain industries decrease and new industries appear, many job seekers are now looking to transfer their job skills to new careers. More than half of job seekers would consider a career change, either because they can’t find a job in their industry (37%) or they are unhappy with their current career (28%). Another 23% would consider a career change depending on the opportunity.

To break into a new career, job seekers are willing to start at the bottom: 35% of job seekers would return to school for a career change, 10% would take an unpaid internship and another 42% would consider an internship depending on the experience or company. The number of career hoppers isn’t surprising when you consider this: 53% of workers are already in a career that’s not even relevant to their college major.