Today, SimplyHired.com released its 2011 Today's Job Seeker Report, which is a survey of job seeker behaviors and motivations. This report is based on job seeker responses to more than 100 polls on SimplyHired.com between October 2010 and November 2011.
The Today's Job Seeker Report reveals that job seekers today are actively seeking work online, with nine out of ten job seekers using online job sites, in addition to the more traditional modes of newspapers (39 percent) and networking (36 percent). Networking and maintaining relationships with previous coworkers continue to be great ways to get hired: over half of job seekers have been hired through a friend's referral at some point in their career.
Today's top talent is looking for work they both enjoy and feel passionate about. Thirty-six percent of job seekers voted "the work itself" as the main factor that would allow them to love their job, followed by great coworkers (26 percent) and good pay (23 percent).
But, it's definitely about more than just the paycheck—63 percent of people define career success as doing what they love, more important than advancing your talents and abilities (36 percent) or making a certain salary (22 percent). And, a whopping 82 percent of people said they’d rather find a job they love with a lower pay than a well-paying job they don't like.
To learn more about what makes today's job seeker tick, please download the full report.