According to a recent Kiplinger economic forecast, nearly 2.3 million jobs will be added in 2014, and a recent report from Gallup uncovered that 51% of workers will be looking to make their next career move this year. These positive economic growth indicators are leading to one of the most competitive job markets that HR professionals and hiring managers have experienced in several years. As such, employers are competing for the best talent by deploying job seeker-centric recruitment strategies. In order to refine these strategies to attract top talent, employers must first understand the motivations of job seekers, how they use technology for their job searches, and what factors influence them to apply for positions. To that end, iCIMS conducted extensive research including an audit of more than 60,000 jobs posted in 2013 and surveyed more than 700 job seekers to help employers better understand today’s job seekers.
“With the economy bouncing back, active job seekers have more career options than they have in recent years. Hiring companies need to adjust their recruiting strategies to address the expectations of today’s job seekers, or they’re going to miss out on top talent,” said iCIMS Chief Marketing Officer, Susan Vitale. “Now more than ever, organizations need to deploy targeted talent acquisition strategy, and with the right technology tools in place even small and medium-sized companies can more effectively attract, source, hire, and retain the right talent.”
According to iCIMS’ research e-book findings, 62% of people (employed and unemployed) are actively looking for, or open to new job opportunities. This study takes an inside look at the behaviors, influencers, attitudes, and turn-offs of today’s job seeker.