Switching Jobs

One sign of a strong economy is a large number of workers changing jobs. It shows that people have confidence, and are willing to leave a safe job for a better prospect.

According to research from staffing firm Accountemps, approximately three in 10 (29 percent) professionals plan to look for a new position in the next 12 months.

And of the 27 markets surveyed, Los Angeles (40 percent); Austin, Texas (38 percent); and Dallas(37 percent) topped the list of U.S. cities with the most workers planning to find new opportunities.

Los Angeles; Austin, Texas; and Dallas top the list of cities where the most workers plan to look for a new job.

If you’re looking to switch jobs, these findings from Accountemps might help you:

  • Resume length is less important. Almost half (46 percent) of senior managers prefer a one-page resume for staff-level candidates, and nearly an equal number (47 percent) believe two pages is an ideal length. Ten years ago, managers were more likely to want just one page. For executive roles, half of managers (50 percent) cited two pages as acceptable, while 21 percent were most receptive to one page.
  • The resume isn’t the only thing employers consider when evaluating potential hires. More than half (56 percent) of managers said the candidate’s online profile is equally important.
  • Follow-up is expected and appreciated. All HR managers surveyed encourage candidates to check in after submitting a job application.
  • Eight in 10 (80 percent) respondents said they take thank-you messages into account when deciding who to hire, but HR managers reported receiving notes from only 24 percent of applicants.
  • The survey also found email is the most common way to stay in touch and send thank-yous. While following up is key, 33 percent of HR managers said they have removed a candidate from consideration because they were too pushy after an interview.

Good luck, and stay confident.

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