I hear from my initial meetings with clients that although the monthly reported unemployment numbers are at record lows, there are many people searching for positions. One of the reasons is people are switching from one company to another. From one type of career skill sets to another.
In general this is easier to do when the job market is seeking candidates. Another reason is people who have been sitting on the sidelines for awhile are now returning to the job market.
Who are these people?
Maybe it is you or someone you know. Let’s review a few case examples. Maybe you have a few more – you may feel free to add one in the comments area.
There are numerous people in the age range of 23 to 32 years old who are disillusioned by their job choices. Some have already worked at four or five different companies and not always in the same industry or area of specialization.
What I have found interesting is the job changes are not usually about the money. Here are the results of a totally unscientific survey (speaking with people and connecting on social media) with top wants by a candidate from a company to work for (candidates in this age range).
Really take note of the top three.
- Career Development and Learning
- Social and Off-site Events
- Flexible Working Hours
- Student Loan Repayment Assistance
- More Holiday Time Off
- Physical and Mental – Health and Wellness Support
These are the top benefits these candidates care about. Yes, there are others like open work spaces, unlimited snacks, private areas to make personal calls or to chill (meditate).
For people in a general age range over fifty years old who are either interested in returning to the work force after some time on the sidelines, or are ready to engage with another company after years at the same company potentially due to a layoff or other reason…. This particular group may be composed of people who have worked for one or possibly two companies for their entire life! Odds are their skills sets are fairly specialized and these are the skill sets they have always relied upon in their positions.
What I have found is there are typically two main categories of people in this age group in terms of what they are seeking.
First is based purely on income and health benefits. The second is based mostly upon their want to satisfy a passion that they have not been able to focus on for work in their prior years.
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Mitch Tublin is the CEO and Founder of Wenkroy International LLC a boutique consulting company with a main focus on Strategic Business Consulting, Training and Business Coaching. Our passion is to take people to the next level in their life and in their business. Are you interested in having Mitch speak at your company or event – click here.