Passive Job Seekers on Lookout for New Jobs

March 22, 2011 – A recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Plateau Systems reveals that despite high job satisfaction, a wide majority (74 percent) of employed full time/part time & not self employed workers would consider a new job opportunity. In nearly equal proportions, workers surveyed say they would consider a new job or career opportunity if approached, even if they're not actively looking (74 percent), a percentage that is even higher among college graduates (77 percent) and those with a household income of more than $75,000 a year (76 percent). The survey further reveals that the desire for higher salary (57 percent), general change (31 percent), and the lack of adequate career and/or advancement opportunities (29 percent) are the top three reasons workers are actively and passively job hunting, with active job seekers citing career and advancement opportunities as the number one reason for looking. “There's a lot of talk about widespread job dissatisfaction, so we were frankly surprised by the findings,” said Jeff Kristick, senior vice president of marketing at Plateau. “The large percent of passive job seekers presents an interesting challenge for HR leaders as the predicted 'war for talent' heats up — this is clearly larger than a top performer's problem.” This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of Plateau from January 25-27, 2011 among 2,516 adults ages 18 and older.

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