Study: Most Full-time Workers Regularly Search for New Jobs

Chicago — Oct. 10

Having instant access to so many digital resources has turned today’s workers into perpetual job seekers, according to a new study by CareerBuilder and Inavero.

Sixty-nine percent of full-time workers reported that searching for new job opportunities is part of their regular routine, while 30 percent said job searching is a weekly activity.

The survey included 1,078 full-time workers across industries and company sizes in the U.S. and Canada.

In addition to heightened awareness about job openings, the ongoing pursuit of other positions is also driven by the perception of the overall work experience. Fifty-three percent of workers said they feel like they just have a job, not a career.

Comparing age groups, millennials, or Gen Y, are much more likely to seek greener pastures than seasoned workers. Seventy-nine percent of Gen Y actively search for or are open to new jobs, compared to 67 percent of Baby Boomers.

Baby Boomers tend to stay in a position for 11 years on average while Gen Y typically stay for three years.

Workers also often use more resources in job hunting than in some other activities that impact their households.

On average, workers reported they use roughly 15 sources when searching for a job. This compares to an average of 12 sources for researching insurance providers, 11 sources for researching banks and 10 sources for researching vacations.

The majority of workers primarily come across new jobs in three ways:

Online search — 74 percent
Traditional networking — 68 percent
Job boards — 67 percent

Further, once they’ve discovered job openings, they’ll check out social media and company websites and conduct general searches to dig deeper into the company’s culture, market standing and new developments.

Prior to applying:

• 81 percent will research companies on social and professional networks.
• 74 percent will read news about the company online.
• 74 percent will read the company’s website.

Source: CareerBuilder