Sixty-nine percent of workers admit they regularly search for new positions while 30 percent of workers say looking for new jobs is a weekly activity – both of which is attributed to having instant access to so many digital resources, according to a new study by CareerBuilder and Inavero.
"Digital behavior has blurred the distinction between an active and a passive job candidate," says Brent Rasmussen, president of CareerBuilder North America. "The majority of workers are regularly exposed to new job opportunities and are willing to consider them. They may not leave their jobs right away, but they're keeping aware of possibilities and planning for their next career move."
The survey finds respondents also are looking for other opportunities because of their perceptions of their overall work experience. In fact, 53 percent of respondents say they only have jobs, not careers.
Younger workers are more likely to search for new jobs as 79 percent of millennial respondents are actively looking as opposed to 67 percent of baby boomer respondents. Baby boomer respondents also typically stay in a position for 11 years while millennial respondents usually stay in a position for three years.
When searching for jobs, respondents use an average of 15 sources compared to 12 for researching insurance providers, 11 sources for researching banks and 10 sources for researching vacations, the survey finds.
"Workers approach their job search much like a consumer purchase, using multiple avenues to evaluate potential employers months before they take action and apply to positions," Rasmussen says. "It's important for companies to engage candidates at every touch point."
Respondents report searching for jobs via online searches at 74 percent, traditional networking at 68 percent and job boards at 67 percent. To research a potential employer’s company culture, respondents report using social and professional networks at 81 percent, reading news about the company online at 74 percent and reading the company’s website at 74 percent.