LOS ANGELES–Landing a new job appears to be at the top of most New Year’s resolutions this year. Fifty-seven percent of Americans said they will be looking for a better position in 2014, according to a new survey by Korn Ferry International (NYSE:KFY), the global leadership and talent consulting firm.
The survey also found that 66 percent of those now in jobs are optimistic about the 2014 economic outlook. Despite the preponderance of potential job changers, though, fully a third of workers haven’t updated their resumes in over a year.
The top factors driving those seeking new employment: more money (48 percent), career advancement (27 percent) and boredom/job distaste (nine percent). Slightly more than half, 54 percent, said they’d be willing to work for less money for a more fulfilling job.
On the flip side of the equation, the recent economic downturn is still top of mind among those content in their jobs. They cited job stability/economic uncertainly (39 percent) and pay/benefits (23 percent) as the primary reasons for likely staying put.
“The sentiment within the labor market is more optimistic than it was at this time last year. As a result, the work force is feeling more empowered than ever – whether they are seeking more satisfying careers, looking to advance within the organizations they serve or sharpening their leadership skills,” said Gary D. Burnison, CEO of Korn Ferry. “While the sentiment has shifted, the narrative on the overall economic climate has not changed dramatically. We are still in the throes of a new era – led by a fight for growth. The winning companies will be those that can find, retain and develop outperforming leaders in a slow-growth economy.”
When it comes to enhancing their career marketability in 2014, nearly seven in ten workers (67 percent) intend to work on improving their physical appearance via diet, exercise and/or new professional attire.
The survey also gauged the impact of social media as job-search tools. According to the survey respondents, Facebook (38 percent) and LinkedIn (33 percent) are the two most valuable social media tools for finding jobs. Twitter is a distant fourth at six percent, far behind even the 23 percent of respondents who cited “other.”
Detailed survey results:
How many years have you been in the workforce?
1-5 years 16.1%
6-10 years 20.1%
11-20 years 27.1%
21 years + 36.6%
What’s your highest level of education?
High school 20.9%
Some college 31.9%
Undergraduate degree 30.8%
Graduate degree 16.5%
If you have a family, are you the sole financial provider?
When was the last time you updated your resume?
Within the last month 22.3%
Within the last six months 31.9%
Within the last 12 months 12.8%
More than a year 33.0%
Do you plan to look for a new job in 2014?
If you intend to explore new career opportunities in 2014, what is your primary motivation?
Career advancement 27.1%
Improving economic outlook/job market 7.0%
More money 48.0%
Boredom/distaste for current job 8.8%
Overworked at current job 4.0%
Disengaged culture at current job 0.4%
Lack of trust in leadership at current job 3.7%
Dislike my boss 1.1%
If you’re content in your current job, what is your primary reason for staying?
Job stability/economic uncertainty 38.8%
Solid pay and benefits 22.7%
Opportunities for career advancement internally 8.8%
Organization’s commitment to talent development 1.8%
I like my boss 11.4%
Favorable culture/I like my colleagues 10.6%
I play a major role in the organization’s mission 5.9%
Are you planning to enhance your education in 2014 (graduate degree, continuing education, professional certification)?
Would you be willing to relocate for the right job?
Have you or would you consider taking a temporary job if a full-time position wasn’t available?
Would you be willing to work for less money for a more fulfilling/satisfying job?
Would you be willing to work for more money at a less fulfilling/satisfying job?
Are you optimistic about the jobs outlook for 2014?
What specific skill would you like to improve to enhance your job marketability?
Financial acumen 8.4%
Social media 6.2%
What do you consider to be the most valuable social media tool in terms of career development?
Are you planning to enhance your appearance (diet, exercise, new wardrobe) to make yourself more marketable?
Korn Ferry and Survey Sampling International surveyed nearly 300 employed adults in the U.S., across regions and demographic groups, in November 2013.
About Korn Ferry
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Atlanta, GA – Teela Jackson, Vice President of Talent Delivery at Talent Connections, LLC and Faculty member at Career Spa, LLC, will serve as the 2014 President of The Atlanta Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM-Atlanta).
Tom Darrow, Founder and President of Talent Connections and Career Spa, and past President of SHRM-Atlanta commented, “SHRM-Atlanta is sure to experience an amazing lineup under Teela’s direction. She handles everything she does, from her work to her philanthropic commitments, with passion and zeal that the organization is sure to thrive under. We couldn’t be more thrilled for Teela, SHRM-Atlanta and to continue our legacy of leadership in the Human Resources profession.”
“Teela’s extensive reach into the Atlanta human resources community, as well as her dedication to SHRM-Atlanta as an active member and volunteer for over 10 years, are going to be great assets as she leads an extremely active and engaged SHRM-Atlanta in 2014,” added Elizabeth Wysong, SPHR, 2013-2014 SHRM-Atlanta board chair. “SHRM-Atlanta is comprised of Atlanta’s premier human resource professionals, and we are delighted to welcome her as our president.”
As a results-driven professional, Jackson has successfully partnered with organizations to identify key talent for full-time, consulting and interim needs. She has worked as an internal recruiting consultant for CIGNA Healthcare, Georgia-Pacific and Turner Broadcasting. In 2010 Jackson was awarded the SHRM Georgia State Council Volunteer of the Year – Georgia Peach Award, and was recently recognized in the fall of 2013 by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of its “40 Under 40,” which spotlights the next generation of Atlanta business leaders who have made significant career achievements and have demonstrated social responsibility.
SHRM-Atlanta is the largest city Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management in the country with 2500+ members and offers tremendous professional development and networking opportunities. To take advantage of this year’s events, connect with SHRM-Atlanta and join today by visiting www.shrmatlanta.org.
About Talent Connections, LLC and Career Spa, LLC
Founded in 1999, Talent Connections, LLC is a professional services firm that specializes in recruiting and retaining through: Executive search, contract recruiting, recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) and HR consulting. Founded in 2009, Career Spa, LLC is a professional services firm that specializes in career management and executive coaching. Talent Connections, LLC and Career Spa, LLC are headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia with offices in Augusta, Georgia, Houston, Texas and Jacksonville, Florida. Please visit www.talentconnections.net or www.careerspa.net for more information.