Quick and Quintessential Career & Job Tips
Job-hunting tips from the July 23, 2007 issue of QuintZine.
Career change? You’re in charge, according to a study of nearly 1,000 workers in 33 countries by BlessingWhite, a global consulting firm based in Princeton. At least half of employees today are actively managing their own careers, the study showed.
Asked if they actively manage their career based on clear, personal goals, 51 percent agreed or strongly agreed. Moreover, 57 percent of participants do not expect their employer to provide a career path for them.
“This research demonstrates conclusively that today’s employees are taking charge of their own careers,” said BlessingWhite CEO Christopher Rice. “After two decades of corporate cutbacks, downsizings and restructurings the employer-employee contract has been redefined. Our study confirms that more employees fully realize their own career is their own responsibility.”
Among the study’s other findings:
- Four out of five employees do not think there is anything wrong with staying in the same job if they are able to try new things or develop their skills.
- A majority of the participants (52 percent) indicated that they are looking for work that is satisfying when they make a job change.
- While 45 percent of study participants reported that that they know what they want their next job to be, only 22 percent think that they know what their employer wants their next job to be.
- Half of respondents (48 percent) believe they have decent career opportunities with their current employer, while more than a third (39 percent) expect their next career move to take them elsewhere.
“Employee careers are being driven by pursuit of personal growth and work that is personally interesting or meaningful,” said Rice. “If individuals understand what matters to them, what they offer, and where they can make a positive difference, then there’s a greater likelihood of increased employee engagement and contribution to the bottom line.”
The BlessingWhite “State of the Career Report 2007” is based on the participation of 976 employees in the U.S., Europe and the Pacific. Of these, 57 percent have leadership responsibilities and 30 percent work in organizations employing more than 10,000 people. Thirty-three countries were represented in the study, with 75 percent U.S.-based.
The survey was developed by OfficeTeam, a staffing service specializing in placing highly skilled administrative professionals, in collaboration with the International Association of Administrative Professionals and HR.com. More than 300 administrative professionals and 400 HR managers took part in the study.
To help job applicants and hiring managers make the right match, OfficeTeam suggests asking the following questions during the employment interview.
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