Last year we showed you that a hefty percentage of currently employed workers were actively seeking a new job. This year, that number has become even heftier. In fact, more than half of those who are employed at present are either actively seeking or open to new job opportunities. And 71% of the U.S. labor force (both employed and unemployed) is on the job market.
I’m leading with these figures because it helps explain the rest of the statistics you’ll read in our newly released 2014 Job Seeker Nation Survey. When this many people who already have jobs are curious about what else is out there, it makes us realize two key things:
1) The signals are finally rising above the noise. Messages about job openings, employers, job cultures, employment brands, employee feedback and referrals—they’re really reaching people. Social media cannot be denied as a proven, effective channel for sourcing both active and passive candidates, and companies must take steps to utilize this channel in the most effective way possible. You’ll see plenty of stats in the report that back this up.
2) Job longevity could very well be a terrible predictor of top performers. If 35% of the U.S. workforce admits they change jobs at least every 5 years, companies are going to need some new standards and metrics. Analytics and reporting will become more important than ever as a means of helping hiring teams decipher years of untouched talent data.
Take a look at the numbers from this year’s report, and let us know what you think. What stands out to you? Will you tweak your strategies given these findings? Let us know in the comments.