Is This Really What Job Seekers Want? (Consider Me Surprised)

A recent study painted an interesting picture of what job seekers are looking for in their next role and I have to say, it really surprised me. Check out the video and let us know what you think in the comments below:

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Brian Clapp, Director of Content: I’m one of those guys that likes data, I find it extremely valuable to read research studies and get exposed to the the latest trends in employment and job seeking. A recent study I read kind of blew me away.job search tips before you start sending resumes

In this study they asked, “What are the top three reasons that you were attracted to the job you are currently in?” Seems like a good and interesting question.

  • 77% of respondents said it was the good pay. Makes sense, we all want the cash money and it makes life easier when you can pay your bills.
  • 54% of respondents said it was about the good location. If the job was in a good location, it made their life and commute easier, perfect.
  • 51% of respondents said it was about flexible hours. Makes sense I guess, people want flexibility in their life.

But I’m amazed at what the majority of people didn’t say. No one seems to be concerned with what they actually want out of a job, what the requirements of the role are, what they get to do everyday…don’t you think that would be important?

If you have a good location and are getting paid well, but you hate going everyday…what’s the point?

I would stress to you as you go through this job seeking process to focus on the job description, what you are going to be doing is important since you’ll spend most of your time doing the job, not commuting or cashing paychecks. Is this job something that will launch you to a good position in your next job? Will you be challenged everyday? Will you be learning? Do your skills fit their needs?

Maybe I’m crazy, but that would be requirement one for me – am I going to be challenged and am I going to enjoy the work?

How do you feel about your job search? What is most important to you? Let us know in the comments below because this study really surprised me and I’d love to know what you think…

About Brian Clapp

Brian Clapp has worked in the broadcast media for over 14 years as a writer, editor, producer & news director. After beginning his career in Atlanta at CNN/Sports Illustrated, he switched coasts to Seattle to work at Fox Sports Northwest. In 2010, Brian began pursuing a new found passion on the digital media side, launching a successful website and then taking on the role of Director of Content for &

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  1. Michael Volpone says:

    I look at the whole package mentioned above. As you said, if you commute less, or get paid more, but hate your job, why take the position? I look at the benefits, compensation and flexibility as a whole. I have to like the job to even consider it, but from there, if you have choices, you look at what will give you the best opportunity to grow, succeed and have a better quality of life. I would commute an extra 30 minutes for that.

  2. Arlene Hockman says:

    I am a current career seeker in entertainment coordinating and what I am really looking for is the right opportunity to combine my skills and passion. I use the word “career” because I am looking for more than “just a job.” I believe a career is work you love, can identify to and gives you pride in who you are. In my experience the salary, benefits, and perks usually fall into place when you find what is right for you.

    • Arlene – you are in the right spot, we have thousands of job openings in entertainment – but it only takes one of them for your to make a great career! – Brian

  3. In going through site after site while searching for the elusive job that will fit me, I came across your piece and I have to say, I couldn’t agree more. I’m no spring chicken; I had a teaching career that spanned almost 30 in Special Education and loved it. Loved when I saw a light bulb go on; loved when I saw a student achieve something they ( or anyone who knew them) never thought possible; loved it when baby steps led to giant leaps; loved the camaraderie of my colleagues and the gallows humor that was often necessary to get through some trying days; loved the fact that I was able to teach in Hawaii for three years and to come away from that experience knowing that no matter where it is in the world you might find yourself, that there are children who have needs outside of the box, and that I could help fill those needs. I lost my job in 2009. I then ran out of insurance, unemployment, was evicted, got divorced, my certification expired, and moved in with my mother. Through part time work in any number of different areas, I was able to secure my own tiny 2 room apartment. After four long years, I finally got a full time job for $9.50 an hour, running a coffee shop in a local City Hall. The pay was low, but it was full time, I had 100% responsibility in running every aspect of it, and I loved my customers – and they loved me. I even became a vocational training site for the local high school’s vocational training program for kids with disabilities. Finally my heart was getting back some of its joy. And then, after being there for two years, my boss’s vendor contract expired, and the new guy comes in, and he hated me. After two weeks he let me know – in writing – that he didn’t think we could coexist, and after six weeks he terminated me. That was three months ago. I’m now on unemployment again, work 10 hours a week at my part time job ( if I work more that that it takes too much away from my unemployment check), and I’m back at my soon to be 93 year old mother’s house (although this time I moved in for good to support her safety and keep her in her own home before I actually lost my job). The good news is I have a GREAT tan because I go to the beach everyday after my daily ritual of getting on this computer to look for work. I’ve filled out untold number of applications and have had several interviews. For whatever reason, the education jobs which pay well enough aren’t taking me on, and the low paying retail jobs are just too low paying or require nights and weekends. I’m at a point in my life where I want to get away from nights and weekends so I can do things – besides work – that make life worth living – like weekly rehearsals for the choral group I’m in , or painting classes I like to attend (I’m actually in the middle of my paintings being on exhibit – and for sale -at my local library for the whole month. I’ve sold 3!). I feel like I’m being so picky when I really can’t afford to be, but it comes down to what you said about focusing on the job description since that’s what I’ll be doing and required to do whether it’s part of the job I like or not. I’m getting VERY discouraged in my search, but your perspective justifies my not just taking anything. Only you said it better ( and obviously more concisely!) than I could. So thank you for that validation that I have to keep doing what I’m doing, and not just settle for the easiest paycheck. My next paycheck will have more than monetary worth for me – it will have self-worth.
    Thanks you for giving me this opportunity to speak my mind.

  4. Maggie Secara says:

    I’m a technical writer, and my options are generally limited to contract work, whether that’s what I want or not, The job I accept is generally the one that’s offered. I don’t have the liberty, or the finances, to sit around waiting for the perfect job until Unemployment runs out,. Location and compensation are at the top of the list because I it’s not merely inconvenient to travel beyond a certain point, it would leave me with no quality of life. And I can’t very well pick up and move for the sake of a 6-month contract. And I have obligations that require a certain level of income. Saying the job is more important than how much you’re paid is what people say who think the band or the florist or the calligrapher should work for “exposure”.. My job is not secondary, it is not a hobby, I need to be paid what the job is worth.

    It’s true that when the job sucks, I’ll make a serious effort to get out of there. Thankfully that doesn’t happen very odten

    • All valuable point Maggie – thanks for reading. My point wasn’t that pay doesn’t matter, or that location, or flexible hours don’t matter – it’s that I would have imagined the scope of the job, the assignment/role, would have been in the top three reasons for accepting a position. I’ve turned down great sounding jobs because the pay wasn’t right, so I’d personally still put pay #1, after that, for me, it’s the work itself. If I’m miserable doing it or not challenged, it doesn’t matter how convenient my drive is. But that’s just me. -Brian

  5. A quote from Steve Jobs… “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” I’ve worked in entertainment as a writer and director. Most of us in this business have experienced rejection but passion and commitment is omnipotent… The commute has never been a consideration in my case and the pay scale is based on signifcanse of the contribution. You gotta believe in yourself

  6. I have been in the work place for over 40 years and never had a job I have ever liked, I do the job, ride for the brand, get paid and live for the weekend, period.

    • Yikes – that’s rough Harvey. I’ve been in the workforce for closer to 20 years and I guess I’ve been lucky because I’ve only disliked one job, and even that was just the last year I was there. – Brian

  7. This video basically sums the research I been doing on myself, actually. I am doing a study on what it’s like to be a recent college graduate searching for employment. My question revolves around the fact of “Did your college experience actually prepare you for the real world?” I’m using my research and data to eventually put it all together in a form of a book that will help those that were once in my situation a few months ago. What I have learned is most college students and regular people can be desperate for those three questions that you spoke of within your video. I later begin to question people around the office on their experience for working for the company and why they chose to stay. The comments were shocking. You had some people whom were very talented, however just settled for what was given to them. You also had people that just don’t know better and then you have that small percentage that just don’t care. After receiving my position and working on different projects I began to question my own reason of being there. My answer was just for the experience. I graduated college in December of 2014 and decided to pack my bags and move to a new city. I got lucky to get a job the next day of me arriving to that city. It has been about 8 month since then and I’m currently still working in the same place. Now I’m beginning to question on why do employers give recent grads a hard time when it comes to getting a job, but that’s another research along the road. All and all, this was an awesome video with valid points. I think the biggest reason people don’t look for jobs the right way is because they are either scared of taking a leap of faith or they don’t know their own worth.

    • Great stuff Audrey and thanks for the kind words – I think your last sentence nailed it, people don’t often know their own worth and fear takes over. Thanks for commenting and goo dluck onyour research, let me know when you publish! – Brian

  8. “Secret of the Job Candidate”

    Really…some people are just lucky enough (or preferentially enough) to get a good paying job that they actually like. That must be ideal for everyone I suspect. I imagine most are confident in their abilities and eagerly and excitedly look for jobs that are challenging and offer growth. But let’s get real… It’s all about compensation for candidates and about budgets for the employer. Funny thing, if you’re a job candidate, you’d better not let that be known. For those that say that compensation is not at the top of their list, I’m afraid I don’t believe that. If it’s not tops, perhaps you’re living a poshy life, or little to no obligations or no eminent fear of poverty. For those fearing poverty, compensation is likely in the drivers seat. I believe candidates prepare themselves and gleefully strive to be their best in attempts to secure those dream jobs. But unfortunately, some never get those offers.

    So candidates, you’d better keep it a secret…don’t let it be known that you prefer to be rightfully compensated (regardless if you’re the ideal and most qualified candidate).

    Why must this be a secret. It is the truth!

    • P – I don’t think anyone would argue with you the importance of compensation, and I think most hiring managers know it too (if not they are rather naive). I fully understand compensation being the number 1 answer of respondants, I was just surprised that what you’d actually be doing wasn’t in the top three! -Brian