85% Want a Change

Posted on: September 10th, 2013 by
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Over the past 5+ years I’ve been working with talented people who have been looking for a better job.  Here are some interesting insights: 85% wanted to change jobs based on negative reasons  (in priority)

  • No new challenges, boredom or a dead-end job
  • Dissatisfied with their position, work environment, commute or duties
  • A hostile environment or a bad boss
  • Unemployed, downsized or no future growth
  • Wanted to change their industry or function

15% wanted to change jobs based on positive reasons  (in priority)

  • Looking for a promotion and more responsibilities
  • More money
  • Want to accelerate their careers

This is not an extensive survey, but it is an indication of what’s going on in the marketplace given the economy, unemployment and concerns for the future.  Everyone on the list above has achieved his or her job search goal:  A 100% success rate.  Some of the jobs achieved:

  • Marketing:  Brand, Digital, Merchandising, Media, Sales, Customer Service, Management
  • Directors:  Executive Director, Consultant, Operations, Business Development
  • Technology:  Venture Manager, Systems, Infrastructure, Global Accounts
  • General Management:  GM, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Learning Officer
  • Construction:  Head of Field Production, Construction/Operations, Project Manager
  • Logistics/Distribution:  Logistics, Transportation, Distribution

Here’s the information you need:

  1. Most of the workforce is waiting for the economy to accelerate, then re-engage their career plans for promotion, new responsibilities or to change industry, company or job.
  2. This surge will be huge, because the pressure from stagnation will have been building for at least 6 years.  The expectations for a better opportunity will be very high.
  3. With everyone looking for an exit at the same time for a better career, two forces will be:
  4. Competition for the better jobs will be fierce as a result of the 5-year slowdown
  5. Some companies will feel the drain of talent more than others.  The less well-managed businesses or those having financial difficulties will be significantly affected.

What does it mean for you?  I see four implications:

  1. You need to enter the marketplace early.  If you wait too long you’ll be part of the crush.
  2. The marketing, sales and management functions will lead, as growth positions
  3. Your job search strategies need to be compelling, targeted and professional
  4. If ever you needed a coach to assist your efforts, now is the time.

Prepare for the surge of jobs in 2013 and 2014.  Contact Bill Kaufmann for more information at:  mygreenerfuture1@cox.net   Send for a copy of Bill’s “How To Find A Job:  Successful Job Search Strategies”  Go to:   http://www.createspace.com/3884487 FREE Resume Evaluation!


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