Last Thursday I raised the question “if you were approached by a Recruiter about a new opportunity would you be interested in exploring further?” with our readers. Over the past few days there have 20 responses to this question and the results were a little bit different than I had thought they would be.
The results of the Survey were:
-No, I am comfortable and happy in my current role/company – 15%
-Yes, I am actively looking for a new role – 30%
-Yes, but only if it provided me with career advancement or other opps. – 35%
-Yes, but only if it was a significant increase in salary – 20%
I initially suggested that a larger percentage of people would say “No, I am happy where I am” – this suggests to me that people in today’s environment are more open to the idea of new opportunities then they may have been as long as it falls in line with what they are looking for. One possible reason for this could be the changing demographics of the workplace. With more Generation Y workers joining the workforce, there is a shift in the thinking of what a career means to a person (note: this is a small sample size of 20, however I can see this shift in my daily interaction with candidates).
The other interesting point to note was that people who would move but are not actively looking for a new role are more interested in the career advancement more so than the salary increase. When changing roles, salary makes up only one portion of the reason people look to move and should not be the focus point – I do believe in the saying: do the work what you enjoy (love) and the rewards will follow.