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Americans' Career Dreams Have Little to Do with Money

Americans' Career Dreams Have Little to Do with Money
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The dream job for most Americans has little to do with banking the most money and more about finding something that's the best fit, new research finds.

Nearly 90 percent of Americans think that the most important job consideration is that it matches their personality and strengths, according to a study from Simply Hired, a job search engine site.

More than two-thirds of job seekers believe that a job that helps build a more fulfilling career is more important than a job that provides more money. Additionally, 76 percent think it is important their job fits into part of a career path, rather than just being an outlier helping them pay the bills each month.

"There is no simple formula or calculus to define the right job," James Beriker, president and CEO of Simply Hired, said in a statement. "Instead Americans overwhelmingly agree that it is a matter of personal fit and fulfillment."

With the job market heating up, U.S. workers are growing more optimistic about finding their dream job. Three-quarters of the job seekers surveyed think that the right job for them is waiting to be found. [Wait! 5 Things to Consider Before Accepting a Job ]

Most, however, agree the job they currently have isn't the one they dream about. The research revealed that just 35 percent of job seekers say their current job represents their preferred profession.

When searching for a new job, the vast majority of job seekers are heading online. The study discovered that just 14 percent of job seekers actively seek professional career help when looking for new work, with more than 80 percent starting their job search process by reviewing only online job postings and updating their résumés.

Most job seekers aren't actually desperately searching for new work. Only 13 percent of those surveyed are actively looking for something better, with the majority casually looking to see what is out there from time to time.

The study was based on surveys of 600 U.S. job seekers over age 18.

Originally published on Business News Daily
Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based 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.