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For Career Advice, Execs Trust Spouse Most

For Career Advice, Execs Trust Spouse Most
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When executives are considering a job change, they seek advice from those who always have their best interests in mind – family and friends.

Rather than looking for assistance from someone who knows the ins and outs of their industry, 43 percent of executives turn first to a spouse or significant other for guidance when evaluating an employment offer, according to a new study from the temporary staffing firm Accountemps.

Knowing what an important role spouses play in the decision-making process, employers should take them into account when courting candidates, said Bill Driscoll, a district president of Accountemps.

"Highlighting family-friendly perks such as flexible work schedules or spousal benefits tied to relocation can help when recruiting for hard-to-fill positions," Driscoll said in a statement.

Friends also have a strong influence on executives. The research shows that 21 percent of company leaders go to friends for advice when considering a career change. [Most Trusted Advisor: CEOs Choose Spouses ]

Driscoll said executives shouldn't discount the counsel provided by mentors, whom just 20 percent turn to for their opinions on job offers.

"Although spouses and friends, who have a thorough understanding of your personal ambitions and professional goals, are well-suited to help you assess a career opportunity, don't overlook the valuable perspective that a mentor within your field can provide," Driscoll said.

Regardless of whom executives seek guidance from, Accountemps advises them to consider several factors when thinking about changing jobs:

  • Study the offer: Make sure the salary is competitive, the corporate culture appeals to you and that you'll enjoy the day-to-day responsibilities the job entails.
  • Evaluate the perks: Compensation isn't the only thing that makes employees happy. What other benefits are being offered? Are there flexible schedule or telecommuting options? Will there be opportunities for mentoring and training? These are all questions you'll want answers to.
  • Look for company success: You want to work for an employer that has a track record of success. Investigate the company's financial position and its growth plans.
  • Room to grow: The best employers ensure their employees are provided opportunities to advance within the company after they have proved themselves. Ask the hiring manager to describe potential career paths and what type of support system is available to help you achieve your goals.

The study was based on surveys of more than 300 senior executives in the United States at companies with 20 or more employees.

Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.