New Simply Hired Study Explores the New American “Dream Job”

The right fit trumps salary and the corner office; nearly 9 out of 10 job seekers think it is most important to find a job that matches their personality and strengths

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SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

The new American dream job is about finding the right fit and match, and less about landing the corner office. According to a new nationwide study from Simply Hired, an overwhelming majority of Americans (88%) agree that it is most important to find a job that matches their personality and strengths. And a comparable majority (86%) states that finding the right job is more important than finding a job in less time.

The study also found that the new American dream job is a step in a career, not simply a way to pay the bills. More than 2/3 of today’s job seekers believe that a job that helps build a more fulfilling career is more important than a job that provides more money. And even more (76%) state it is important to have a career, not just a job.

Americans are also optimistic about the chances of finding the right match. The Simply Hired survey of more than 600 job seekers over the age of 18 across the US found 3 out of 4 Americans agree that the right job is out there waiting to be found. It isn’t necessarily the job they hold now – only 35% agree that their current job represents their preferred profession.

So how does America search and prepare for the new American dream job? The study indicates job seekers need new ways to approach job search and recruiting. Other key findings including:

  • Despite recent hype, coaching and mentoring has yet to hit the mainstream with only 14% of job seekers actively seeking professional career help. Instead, the newly digital job seekers start the job process by reviewing online job postings (88%) and updating their resumes (81%).
  • Only 13% are actively looking for something better; instead the majority (50%) “casually look to see what is out there from time to time.” People can keep on top of new openings with minimal effort using Simply Hired job alerts.
  • When it comes to the job hunt, job seekers’ #1 desire is for a list of highly relevant open jobs followed by an introduction to other kinds of jobs that may be a good fit based on their interests, skills and what people like them have looked for. The least important tool? The ability to add video interviews.

“There is no simple formula or calculus to define the right job; instead Americans overwhelmingly agree that it is a matter of personal fit and fulfillment,” said James Beriker, President and CEO of Simply Hired. “People believe the right job opportunity is waiting out there, and they’re trying to figure out the best way to find it. We share this optimism, and have staked our business on helping job seekers find the right fit from among more than 6 million jobs available through Simply Hired.”

About Simply Hired

Simply Hired, a technology company based in Sunnyvale, California, operates job search engines in 24 countries and 12 languages. With more than 30 million unique visitors per month, the company provides job seekers access to millions of job openings across all job categories and industries, reaching job seekers on the web, mobile devices, email, and via thousands of partner sites including The Washington Post, Fox Business, Bloomberg Businessweek, Computerworld, International Nurses Association, and Hero2Hired. Simply Hired enables employers to efficiently and cost-effectively reach candidates searching for jobs through its full-service pay-per-click (PPC) and self-service pay-per-post job advertising solutions. Simply Hired was founded in 2005 and is privately held with funding from Foundation Capital and IDG Ventures. For more information, visit www.simplyhired.com.

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