Poll: Are You Actively Job Hunting?
Most Are Job Hunting But Activity Varies
Last month we asked how long you’d been at your current job so this month we were curious to hear whether you were actively job hunting. We had a record-breaking 20,963 votes this month!
The majority of voters (90%) indicated they were job hunting to some extent. The largest group (35%) said they would only be open to a big improvement. Next, 26% said they were at least open to a conversation while 23% said they were definitely ready to make a change. Only 6% said they were actively searching because they were unemployed.
Just 10% said they were not open to making a job change. Fewer than 1% said they weren’t looking and they were unemployed. These results echo the US Bureau of Labor Statistic’s latest employment findings. July, in particular, saw big employment gains!
Here are the full results:
- Maybe, but the offer would have to be a big improvement (35%, 7,393 Votes)
- Somewhat, I'm definitely open to a conversation (26%, 5,493 Votes)
- Yes, I'm ready to make a change (23%, 4,798 Votes)
- No, I'm not going anywhere (10%, 2,026 Votes)
- Yes, I'm unemployed (6%, 1,160 Votes)
- No, I'm unemployed and not ready to go back to work (0%, 93 Votes)
Total Voters: 20,963 (July 1, 2022 @ 4:12 pm - August 2, 2022 @ 3:42 pm)
Some comments from y'all:
- “I think it’s always important to be open to a conversation. I haven’t felt this empowered in the 22 years I’ve been working in the industry. Feeling wanted and needed is a welcome change. I hope it lasts, but I also want to make sure I’m in a good place in case it doesn’t.”
- “It’s amazing seeing companies post jobs offering peanuts wondering why they aren’t getting any candidates. I saw an ad paying 15-20 an hour for a production technician. Good luck with that.”
- “I’m happy where I’m at and what I’m doing but am always open for conversation.”
- “My boss doesn’t believe in giving cost of living raises. He thinks that unless I can prove to him that I help bring in more and more revenue every year, I don’t deserve more money. 24 years at this employer and I’m ready to find a new career.”
- “When you find a place that works for you as you work for them, you stay there. I’m staying until retirement. My comment should be a wakeup call to employers and employees alike. Treat people with dignity, respect and pay above average for above average work. Your business will thrive in all economic conditions. Reputation is golden.”
- “In our OEM, they keep laying off people as we can’t get enough product in to deliver. So sales are great on paper, but the company is not making money. Hence the cuts. Big shifts to Managed IT Services and Solution sales. That is the trend where I am. If your hitting plan, you are somewhat safe. Otherwise, who knows.”
- “The way I see it, an employer who offers training in a relevant and potentially well-paying field such as IT, as well as a growth avenue in that field through extended services outside of copiers and MPS alone will be able to attract serious talent, especially if they operate in an area with a reasonable cost of living. This is what I am looking for. I can repair office equipment and do the IT stuff in my sleep at this point. What I am looking for is a dealer with a larger vision including training and certifications in specific and profitable IT services, device sales, medical, etc. Does this entity exist?”
- “I have no plans to go anywhere. I’m finally making I’m worth, my manager is good, my team is great. I feel lucky to have found this job. It’s not perfect, but I can’t guarantee that any new place would be any better.”
- “Love this job, why change when I have been in this job since 1983, yes I did a lot of changes earlier in my life (4 different companies) but I finally settled here for the past 5 years. It’s been great – pays good, people super nice, small mom and pop company. Best change I ever made, stress free.”
- “I’m not actively job hunting, but It’s always good to keep one’s eyes & ears open in this industry or an adjacent industry. You never know what might come along.”
- “With the price of gas out of this world the employer has no idea and doesn’t give a shit. In the state of New Jersey you could get a job driving a school bus for $29 an hour and get better benefits.”
- “I would like to leave, but I am locked into a 1 year non compete agreement after separation, making it impossible in the same geographical area. Is there a way to get out of it?”
- “You should always have two jobs; your current position and the one you’re going to next.”