Let’s cut to the chase. Per this Forbes article, 86% of job seekers who are already employed are looking for work outside their current occupations.
Why? The study suggests that as the economy picks up, more and more people are reigniting the search for their “dream job.” They aren’t willing to settle for the job they are in – and many times, the industry they are in. Just see these deeper stats:
- 60% of those studied are looking outside their current occupation without considering jobs in their current fields at all.
- About 28% of employed job hunters are actively trying to find work in a different state, according to a separate Indeed.com study.
- Just over one-quarter may not sound like a lot, but it’s more than twice as many compared to what it was in 2012 and 2013, when what economists call “realized mobility”—people moving to take jobs—stood at a post-World-War-Two low of just 12%.
So what should this tell you as a professional? That if you aren’t satisfied with your current job, you’re not alone. Don’t settle. Get out there and pursue your passion, or you’ll be standing on the sidelines when everyone else becomes the star of the game.
What should it tell you if you’re an HR professional or hiring decision maker? That your current staff is likely looking to make a move! How will you prove to them they can reach their “dream job” right where they are? What added value can YOU give them?