What Job Seekers Want Today

 
 
 
Money is the number one concern for job-seekers, according to a new study by IT staffing firm Robert Half Technology. The report, entitled “Workplace Redefined: Shifting Generational Attitudes During Economic Change,” reveals what motivates workers in pursuing new job opportunities. And even with relatively few jobs out there in the wake of the Great Recession and many workers staying put instead of testing the waters, job-seekers have their preferences. So what do you need to know in order to attract talent in this unusual market? Not surprisingly, paychecks still trump all other concerns, although benefits and company stability rank high when it comes to evaluating a new gig. Perhaps more surprisingly, though, job title matters much less, as do company diversity and philanthropic pursuits. These results— based on a rising scale of one to 10, with 10 the most important — come from interviews with more than 1,450 North American workers, including 502 hiring managers. Hiring managers, take note.

What Job Seekers Want Today

Salary Score: 9.0 out of 10The almighty buck still rules—even if there are fewer bucks to go around.
What Job Seekers Want Today
 
 
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Brian joined Baseline in March 2006. In addition to previous stints at Inter@ctive Week and The Net Economy, he's written for The News-Press in Fort Myers, Fla., as well as The Sunday Tribune in Dublin, Ireland. Brian has a B.A. from Bucknell University and a master's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.

 
 
 

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