Three-fourths of American workers are job-seekers or are open to new opportunities, according to a new Jobvite survey of 1,266 working adults ages 18 and up. Just over one-quarter (26 percent) of these identified themselves as “active” job seekers, while nearly half (48 percent) said they were open to a new job. In comparison, 69 percent of workers described themselves as job seekers in 2011.
Of these total job seekers, 69 percent—up from 61 percent last year—said they were either open to a new job or are actively seeking a new one. Almost two-thirds (61 percent) believe that their quest is being hampered by a more challenging job market, with 39 percent saying it is much harder to find a job and 22 percent stating it is somewhat harder.
Forty-one percent of employed job seekers consider themselves to be overqualified, with one-third stating they are less optimistic about find the right job.
Social media is playing an increasing role in the job seeking process, with 23 percent reporting they were asked in a job interview for social media information (of these, 19 percent said the question bothered them) One-in-six credit social media with their current job. Nearly one-third said they learned about their job on Craigslist or another Internet job board, which is slightly more than those who said they got their job through a professional or personal referral.
Eighty-eight percent of all jobsekkers have at least one social network profile, while almost two-thirds (64 percent) had two. Business networking site LinkedIn posted the biggest adoption gains over last year. Forty-one percent of respondents said they are on LinkedIn vs. 32 percent in 2011. In comparison, Facebook users are basically unchanged at 83 percent.
More than half (52 percent) said they have used Facebook to help them find a job, up from 48 percent last year. Of these, one-quarter updated their Facebook profile with professional information, while 17 percent provided their profile on a job application or during an interview.
Fifteen percent modified their privacy settings with work in mind, which is probably a wise move. More than two-thirds (78 percent) of recruiters frown on seeing references to illegal drugs on an applicant’s Facebook page, according to a survey cited by Jobvite. Other areas that reflect negatively include sexual content (66 percent), profanity (61 percent) and even spelling and grammar errors (54 percent).
However, 80 percent of recruiters view positively membership in a professional organization while 66 percent look highly on volunteer and charitable efforts.
Donald Liebenson writes news and features for Millionaire Corner. He has been published in the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Los Angeles Times, Fiscal Times, Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post, and other outlets. He has also served as a marketing writer for Chicago-based Questar Entertainment and distributor Baker & Taylor.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, he is married with a college-age son. He also writes extensively about entertainment.