A news release said the new Monster+HotJobs survey also found job seekers are optimistic not just about the economic conditions for job opportunities and growth but are also infused with a newfound passion for their career, versus sticking with the status quo as in years past:
“Now, workers are looking for positions that inspire them and challenge them to rise to the occasion,” said Charles Purdy, a Monster.com career-advice expert, in the news release. ”At the same time, employers are increasingly looking to hire the best people for open roles, not just settling for a ‘good enough’ candidate.”
Other poll findings included:
- 61% of poll respondents said work would be more of a priority in 2011 than in 2010 (9% said it would be less, 14% said they expected no change, and 16% weren’t sure yet)
- Topping 66% of seekers’ career wish lists for 2011 is a new job with a new employer (15% are hoping for a raise or promotion at their current employer, 17% are hoping to become self-employed, and only 2% are happy with the status quo)
- 42% of respondents are hopeful about the new year and said they expect job or employment conditions to improve (33% expect conditions to worsen, and 25% expect things to stay about the same).
- 78% of respondents have work-related New Year’s resolutions.