Nexxt recently conducted a national survey of more than 4,000 job seekers and the findings are quite interesting, especially if you plan to grow your team in 2015. One thing’s for sure, get ready for a lot of confident applicants. Job seekers said that they are more optimistic about finding jobs in 2015 than they were going into 2014. At the end of 2013, 39% of job seekers said they felt it would be easier to find a job in 2014, and when asked the same question at the end of 2014, that number jumped to 47%.
What else should we expect to see from candidates in 2015?
- More job hoppers. Job seekers are going to have more faith in the economy and the job market. Those that stayed with jobs for the sake of job security will start to take an active interest in changing jobs and growing in their careers.
- Increase in the civilian labor force participation rate. As the unemployment rate improves, those that were discouraged by the state of the economy will start to throw their hats back into the ring.
- More people incorporating social media into their search efforts. Those people that are unemployed—are 22% more likely to use social media to find a job than those currently employed and looking for work. So as the competition heats up job seekers will integrate some more non-traditional methods into their job search.
“It’s impossible to discount how important job seeker confidence is to the overall economy…” said Rich Milgram, CEO of Nexxt. “If the past seven years has shown us anything, it’s that modern job seekers are among the most resilient people on the planet. It’s natural that people would use social media to crowdsource trusted friends, but it’s also indicative of a larger trend in personalizing the job search experience to suit your specific industry or tastes.”
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