Job Changers Turn to Those Closest for Advice

January 8, 2008 ( - More job changers are relying heavily on the people closest to them when it comes to advice about a new work arrangement, according to a recent Accountemps survey.

A news release from the accounting and finance temporary staffing firm said nearly half of the executives polled (46%) ask spouses or significant others for job-change counsel – up from 42% in 2002.

Those switching jobs are also calling more on their mentors; 41% of executives in the latest survey said they will ask their mentor first – up significantly from 28% five years ago.

“The advice of mentors, colleagues and other confidants helps when weighing the pros and cons of a career transition, but a job change has personal and family implications,” said Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps, in the announcement. “A spouse or significant other is not only familiar with a partner’s overall priorities and motivators, but also has a stake in the outcome of his or her career decisions.”

The poll included responses from 150 senior executives – including those from human resources, finance and marketing departments – with the nation’s 1,000 largest companies.