What’s Most Important to Job Seekers Today?

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The job market continues to defy expectations. Companies have added new jobs at a rapid pace, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting more than 800,000 new jobs added in Q1 2024 alone.

To understand the perspectives of job seekers in this complex market, Employ conducted its annual survey of U.S. workers, exploring job satisfaction, career motivations, preferences for workplace flexibility, experiences during the job search process, and recruiter-candidate interactions.

 The 2024 Job Seeker Nation Report, conducted in partnership with Zogby Analytics, surveyed more than 1,500 U.S. workers in April 2024, and the results may surprise or even alarm employers.

The survey found that while 79% of American workers indicate they are either very satisfied or somewhat satisfied in their current roles, 86% are at least somewhat open to other job opportunities, including 46% who are very open. Additionally, 40% of workers are actively looking for new employment, with a majority (58%) looking for new roles within their current company.

Beyond compensation, active job seekers are primarily motivated by career advancement, greater work flexibility, and remote work opportunities. Company culture and better leadership also rank high in importance to candidates. The report also reveals that candidates are feeling

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