Job Search Statistics 2022:
Key Facts on Finding a Job

by Don Sjoerdsma | Career Advice Expert

It's no secret that we live in
a job seeker's market.

Whether you call it the Great Resignation or Great Reshuffle, workers are quitting their jobs in record numbers for better pay, more flexibility and a stronger connection to their work.

But that doesn’t mean this is a perfect job market. Some industries are in decline, workers remain unhappy with the hiring process, and finding the right match for your skill set can be challenging.

These job search statistics will help you land your next big interview even if you’ve just started gathering online postings.

Let’s back up and start with the facts about the unemployment numbers.

Many job seekers say it's easier than ever
to find good work

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A record 47% of the workforce say now is a good time to find a quality job, and a majority of employees (51%) are actively searching.

The people faring best in the job search are those

  • With College

    With college
    degrees

  • Big Cities

    Who live in
    big cities

  • High Skill

    Who work in "high-skill"
    industries, such as:

    Technology | Telecommunications | Marketing

Source: Gallup

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A majority (69%) of employees are optimistic or very optimistic about their ability to find a new job.

Source: Addison Group

and they feel so emboldened, they're
even "ghosting" companies.

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More workers (19%, up from 11% in 2018) say they turned down a job after signing an official offer but before their first day …

Source: Jobvite
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… and a whopping 83% of employers say they’ve been ghosted at some point in the hiring process.

Source: Indeed
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Meanwhile, many job seekers feel they can preemptively reject an employer based on unfavorable Glassdoor reviews:

Source: Jobvite

Don't forget — many people are still hurting

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Many job seekers (45%) say it was harder to find a job in 2019 than it was in 2018.

Source: Gallup
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Rural workers (27%) are more likely to say they’re having a hard time than city dwellers (17%). Those without a college degree (21%) say they have a harder time than those with a degree (16%).

Source: Gallup

and some are having an extra hard time getting a job.

The groups struggling the most work in the following fields:

  • Mining

    Mining

    72%

  • Transportation

    Transportation

    56%

  • Real Estate

    Real Estate

    56%

Source: Gallup

Successful and struggling job seekers alike
find the hiring process frustrating.

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Only 12% of employees strongly agree that their organization does a great job onboarding new employees.

Source: Gallup

Here are job seekers’ top five biggest frustrations in the job search:

Job Seeker

Mobile Job Seeker

Source: CareerBuilder and SilkRoad

Perhaps the job hunt is too lengthy.

  • Calendar 38

    An average of 38 days passes between the job posting and first interview.

    Source: National Association of Colleges and Employers

  • Calendar 25

    An average of 25 days passes between a final interview and job offer.

    Source: National Association of Colleges and Employers

Additionally, more people conduct job searches on mobile devices⁠, which has its own set of problems.

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5 Layers Right

According to Glassdoor, 58% of its users look for jobs on their phones, especially those in mid-career (35 to 44 years old).

Source: Glassdoor Economic Research

Job seekers complete 53% fewer applications, and it takes them 80% longer to do so on mobile devices.

Source: Glassdoor Economic Research

A little extra work on the potential employer's
part would make people happier.

Job seekers would like to see their applications acknowledged in the following ways:

Seeker Application

Mobile Seeker Application

Source: CareerBuilder and SilkRoad

Let's back up. Where are job seekers
looking for work now?

Job Opportunity

Mobile Job Opportunity

Source: Gallup
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There’s a difference between those already with jobs and those looking: 38% of employed workers say they could use their professional networks to create their next opportunity, while only 18% of the unemployed say the same.

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Source: Jobvite

What are the best online job boards?

Consumer Advocate evaluated almost 30 job sites and gave out the following awards:

  • Best Overall

    Best overall: Indeed

  • Services

    Best for additional services: Monster

  • Best Company

    Best for company reviews and salary information: Glassdoor

  • Best Networking

    Best for networking: LinkedIn

  • Company Profile

    Best for company profiles: The Muse

Other job sites they rated highly were:

ZipRecruiter | CareerBuilder | VelvetJobs | The Ladders

Source: Consumers Advocate

Employers are enticing people
with the following job benefits:

Enticing Job Seeker

Mobile Enticing Seeker

Source: Gallup

Perks aside, job seekers usually take
the best overall deal.

Of those who turned down a job after signing an offer, they did so because they:

Perks Aside

Mobile Perks Aside

 

Source: Jobvite

or they pick the best opportunity
for career growth.

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And 61% of workers say career growth opportunities are more important than compensation (57%) and health care/retirement benefits (58%).

Source: Jobvite

And they're still quite serious about benefits.

Here’s what today’s job seekers have established as “essential” benefits when considering opportunities:

Seeker Benefit

Mobile Seeker Benefit

Source: Jobvite

Here’s what today’s workers would like to see most as “extra” benefits:

Extra Benefit

Mobile Extra Benefit

Source: Jobvite

Landing a job

We encourage you to use these job search statistics to make your hunt more successful. As you look for a job, please consider:

  • Landing Job Icon 1

    Identifying your transferable skills if you work in a struggling industry (e.g., real estate, transportation), then highlighting them in your resume.

    Real estate agents, for example, have skills that are valued in a wide range of sales positions in booming industries, such as commercial construction.

  • Landing Job Icon 2

    Moving to a city or suburb if you live in a rural area in economic decline.

    The United States’ biggest cities are expected to get richer and more powerful in the coming decades while already depressed rural regions will lose out to automation.

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    Hesitating before filling out applications on mobile.

    Sometimes this is unavoidable, but when you put so much care into crafting a resume and cover letter, you wouldn’t want issues with the submissions portal or formatting to hold you back.

If you want to continue expanding your knowledge, read more from our 2022 employment stats series, including stories on:

About the Author

Don Sjoerdsma

About the Author

Don Sjoerdsma

Career Advice Expert

Don is a senior content writer for BOLD. He conducts in-depth research and writes special reports on trends and issues that impact job seekers. With a proven track record in building cross-platform content plans in diverse sectors, Don has written extensively on topics related to careers and employment, including interviewing, resumes, cover letters and the job search. His work has appeared on Oprah.com, HuffPost, Yahoo! and LiveCareer. He holds an M.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University, where he specialized in media innovation, and is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW).

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