Survey shows more employee confidence, with 1 in 3 people looking for a new job in the new year

11:36 PM, Jan 2, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - A new nationwide career survey exploring employee confidence finds one in three workers plan to look for a new job in 2013, according to the online career community, Glassdoor.

Beyond the one-third of respondents searching for new opportunities, the survey of 2,249 people also found that and one in five (18 percent) plan to start the job hunt in the first three months of 2013.

Paul DeBettignies is a recruiter who heads up the Minnesota Headhunter blog. Although he specializes in IT, he's already been hearing from a range of job seekers ready to test the waters of the job market. Many job hunters seek his advice on his popular Twitter account, @MNHeadhunter.

"I think people are feeling better about the economy and now with the fiscal situation in DC finally worked out, now I think if they can get past that, it has held up some of the hiring in the last year or so," said DeBettignies.

He also cautions that the one-third of people who reported searching for new opportunities are not all likely to land that job, believing increased employer confidence does not mean immediate market growth.

"I am still worried about the college grads, the under 27 or 28 crowd who have not had a real full time job yet, I think they are having a hard time finding traction within the economy to get that first job," said DeBettignies.

Kathie Smith, a North Minneapolis teacher, is among those already job hunting in the new year. She's on leave to pursue a career change to the marketing field, and sought DeBettignies' expertise. Smith already has already spent years on charity marketing projects, and hopes to turn her passion into a new profession.

"I am very motivated to do this, it's a perfect time for me to go ahead and do it," said Smith. "I think you have to do a lot of networking and keep your foot in the door in a lot of different places."

Smith says in her search, happiness trumps salary. But when questioned about the most important factors in their job search, 73 percent ranked salary as priority No. 1, followed by 55 percent preferring location and 30 percent most concerned about career growth.

DeBettignies agrees, knowing among his clients, greener pastures cannot always found in pay.

"It's career path, am I valued? How is my company doing, do I respect my company? What is my boss like?" he said. "Sometimes the grass is greener where you water it, can you change the situation within your company? Because if you are taking on a new job, you are taking on new risks, you are taking on a new boss; you are taking on a new company."

The employee confidence survey also found fear of layoffs is stabilizing, with about 17 percent of respondents reporting those worries in Glassdoor's last several employee confidence surveys.

Nearly half, 48 percent of employees, expect their company's outlook to stay the same in the next six months.

Those unemployed but looking for a job have increased optimism slightly this quarter to 37 percent; a three percentage point increase from last quarter. Last, two in five employees say they expect a pay raise in the next year.

In Minnesota, state numbers show signs of more recovery. Minnesota's unemployment rate dropped to 5.7 percent in November 2012. Minnesota has added more than 55-thousand jobs in the past year, according to the Department of Employment and Economic Development, around ten thousand jobs in November 2012 alone.

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