New Survey Reveals Many Employed Workers Haven’t Job Searched in Years

Job-SearchIt may be time to dust off that resume! That is, you may be in the same boat as nearly half of the people in an Accountemps survey who revealed they haven’t looked for a new job since 2009.

Better yet, 30 percent of survey participants indicated they haven’t looked for a new job since 2004.

The same survey revealed 19 percent of participants really want to job hunt this year and the majority of them expect their search to be challenging.

The numbers tell all — if you’re similar to survey participants, being out of the job search market doesn’t mean you’re less marketable but it does mean you need to brush up some skills to work it. (This reminds me of a couple who is recently divorced as they dip their feet into the dating pool again. The premise hasn’t truly changed but the game sure has been altered thanks to modern technology.)

It’s not clear to us in the survey why employees stayed put the past several years but we’re willing to bet the unsettling economy has something to do with it. That said, their job hunt strategies, interviewing abilities and online profiles should be polished and sharp. Social media has evolved tremendously the past several years so that alone should be motivating for candidates to start branding themselves in their search.

Per the press release, Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps and author of Managing Your Career for Dummies, explained:

“Professionals who plan to pursue greener pastures should be aware of how job-search strategies have evolved. Change is the only constant today. Applicants can gain an edge by keeping up with the latest job-hunting trends, tools and tactics.”

For starters, candidates can ditch objective statements, long cover letters and traveling to interview. Instead, they should become accustomed to concise cover letters, making a statement with social media profiles and becoming proficient at video and phone interviews.