Extremely Active Job Market Anticipated for 2011

January 7, 2011 (PLANSPONSOR.com) – Some 98% of those in a recent poll say they are ready to pursue new job opportunities in 2011.

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.