Most workers say they’re looking for new jobs

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For the fourth year in a row, a large majority of workers say they intend to look for a new job,  a poll of more than 700 U.S. employees done by a unit of  ManpowerGroup shows.

Of those polled, 86 percent said they plan to actively look for a new position in 2013. Another 8 percent said they may do so and are already networking. Only 5 percent intend to stay in their current position. The findings have been similar the last two years.

“At a minimum, the survey findings are a sign of considerable job dissatisfaction throughout North America,” said Owen J. Sullivan, President of ManpowerGroup Specialty Brands and CEO of Right Management, a workforce consultancy inside ManpowerGroup.

“The constant drumbeat of downsizing coupled with the expectation to do more with less has put an added amount of stress on workers,” he said. “Ongoing economic uncertainty and volatility around job growth and job security have warranted the exploration of new positions. This kind of frustration may not be unusual, even in a strong job market. But the levels of discontent we’re now finding have to be without precedent.”

.He added, “With so many job boards and constant social networking, workers appear to have convinced themselves that they’re truly job hunting when all they’re doing is cruising the Internet. The Internet job boards are sort of like window shopping, something to do during a down moment. A real job search, which is a much more serious proposition, requires a deliberate and concerted effort to make a change. However, the constant access and push and pull of the Internet and job boards make it easier to shift a window shopper into a buyer.”

12 comments Add your comment

Mary

December 4th, 2012
10:22 am

With most of the new jobs in the past few years being low paying, it makes sense that people are looking. It’s still very hard to get interviews, and I had someone imply last week that I was “too old” for the job.

Mary

December 4th, 2012
10:23 am

Oh, I am only 44. I guess that’s considered old.

stupid

December 4th, 2012
10:31 am

We are looking for highly skilled workers. The problem we have with filling these positions, is that there are very few highly skilled workers. Most people want a job handed to them, but they actually have a problem with actually working.

Marshall

December 4th, 2012
10:53 am

Mary, don’t give up. It was implied I was too old for a certain position in an sales office. I was in my late forties, but I just kept networking my contacts and interviewing until I found a position where sales experience was a plus. Best of luck to you!

Bella

December 4th, 2012
10:54 am

Stupid, yes you are….

spaceman109

December 4th, 2012
1:08 pm

@stupid: there have been deep cutbacks in pell grants. most companies looking for highly skilled workers do not want to hire a skilled tech-school grad who is not likely to be 100 percent productive on the first day. put those two factors together and it equals continued struggles for such companies unless they totally change their approach to filling those positions.

stupid

December 4th, 2012
1:25 pm

Bella, you are not :)

mgoose

December 4th, 2012
1:59 pm

The sad thing is that when you state that you wish to hire highly skilled workers but cannot find them, what you really mean is that you want an employee who already knows all of your processes, procedures and programs perfectly and can “make an immediate impact” on their very first day, without any pesky training involved. There is no longer a learning curve permitted. My boss hired the nicest woman as an administrative assistant and fired her within 2 weeks because she “was slowing us down and not making an immediate impact”. The expectation of perfection within days of starting at a new job is simply unrealistic, as even the most skilled employee will have to learn at a new job. No two phone systems, computer databases or any sort of system is exactly like another. No two companies are exactly alike. Even different divisions of the same company can be very different in which to work. That is the hardest thing about my job – we are expected to know exactly what to do and just the way our supervisor would like to have it done without instruction or guidance of any type.

stupid

December 4th, 2012
2:11 pm

mgoose,

Learning a new network is understandable. Training someone whose resume’ states they have 5 years experience is another.Every industry has standards, and if someone does not follow those standards, then they must not have the 5 years that they claimed in the first place ? You do not expect to train an attorney or an engineer, or even a doctor everytime they change jobs do you ?

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vuduchld

December 5th, 2012
11:25 pm

Most of you Jawjians are too stupid to be employed by anyone, that is why you don’t get hired

Independent

December 6th, 2012
2:42 pm

way too many liberal arts college grads…. not enough engineers, medical not just Dr.s but nurses and techs, electricians, plumbers, need to learn a vocation while working, not borrowing !!