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Career Planning a Full-time Job for Most Workers

Workers on the prowl for new jobs are diligent about their due diligence . / Credit: Job search image via Shutterstock

Most workers see their current gig as a job rather than a career. That may explain why the majority of full-time workers regularly search for new job opportunities, a new study suggests. These would-be job hoppers are also savvy job shoppers, frequently using more resources in job hunting than in other activities that impact their lives.

More than two-thirds (69 percent) of full-time employees said that they have made searching for new job opportunities a part of their regular routine, according to a survey of 1,078 workers across all industries and company sizes in the U.S. and Canada. And 30 percent said job searching is a weekly activity.

The survey was sponsored by CareerBuilder, an online career resource.

Employees on the prowl for a new gig are diligent about their due diligence about new opportunities. On average, workers reported that they use approximately 15 sources when searching for a job. By comparison, they use an average of 12 sources researching insurance providers, 11 sources for researching banks and 10 resources for researching vacations.

That due diligence doesn't end when employees discover potential job openings. They'll check out social media and company websites and conduct general searches to dig deeper into the company's culture, market standing and new developments.

"Workers approach their job search much like a consumer purchase, using multiple avenues to evaluate potential employers months before they take action and apply for positions," said Brent Rasmussen, president of CareerBuilder North America.

Comparing age groups, millennials are much more likely to seek greener pastures than seasoned workers, the survey found.  Seventy-nine percent of millennials actively search for or are open to new jobs compared with 67 percent of baby boomers.  Baby boomers tend to stay in a position for 11 years on average while millennials typically stay for three years. 

"Digital behavior has blurred the distinction between an active and a passive job candidate," said Rasmussen.  "The majority of workers are regularly exposed to new job opportunities and are willing to consider them. They may not leave their jobs right away, but they're keeping aware of possibilities and planning for their next career move."

Reach BusinessNewsDaily senior writer Ned Smith at nsmith@techmedianetwork.com. Follow him on Twitter @nedbsmith.We're also on Facebook & Google+.

Ned Smith

Ned was senior writer at Sweeney Vesty, an international consulting firm, and was Vice President of communications for iQuest Analytics. Before that, he has been a web editor and managed the Internet and intranet sites for Citizens Communications. He began his journalism career as a police reporter with the Roanoke (Va.) Times, and was managing editor of American Way magazine and senior editor of Us. He was a Captain in the U.S. Air Force and has a masters in journalism from the University of Arizona.