Updated: 09/01/18 : 06:57:24
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85% begin first two weeks back searching for new job

New year, new career? Well it would seem so, given that a recent survey by recruitment consultancy, Osborne, has revealed that 85% of respondents will start back to work with the first thing on the to-do-list - look for a new job. A better salary (28%), and a new challenge (20%) are the two main driving forces behind the search, with promotion, location and a complete change of career completing the top five, and over a quarter citing all five as the reason to change jobs. 

37% of those surveyed are unhappy and actively looking for a new role in 2018, even though 73% have been in their role for less than three years. Although 79% said that the New Year is the biggest motivation to move roles, lack of confidence, the risk of moving, not knowing where to start and being unsure of what direction to take are the main issues holding employees back.

Shona McManus, CEO of Osborne, said: ‘Having time to regroup over Christmas and the opportunities that the New Year brings gives many employees the chance to reflect on the past year and make resolutions and plans for the year ahead. In today’s market, candidates may find it difficult to get clarity and direction on next steps, as there are a number of employment platforms available. 9% of those surveyed have not changed jobs within the last 10 years, so for them, finding a new role / company could be extremely daunting. We advise candidates to partner with a career / recruitment expert, to help identify the right job market in their search for the correct role, and to ensure their CV represents their qualifications and experience in the best light.’

Over two-thirds of respondents update their CV yearly, as over half believe they will not remain in their current job sector for life. 74% of those surveyed said that ongoing training and development plays a central role in their career, and 65% have a five year plan, with the main career goal being promotion to managerial or director level. 85% of those surveyed agree that their industry is continuously developing, and are confident that they have the skills to grow with the industry.

Joanne Murray, Recruitment & Business Manager at Osborne, said:  ‘A career plan is a good way to start the year for any employee. To get started, we advise performing a ‘self-assessment’ or ‘personal audit’, which consists of making a list of skills, abilities and experiences. This will act as a ‘snapshot’ of who they are as an employee and what they can offer. Creating long and short term career goals will help the candidate critically assess their objectives and decide on reasonable goals, which they will then list, starting from the long term goals and working backwards, identifying benchmarks along the path towards their long-term goals.’

Osborne recruit across a range of distinct, professional, staffing divisions, including Office and Secretarial, Accountancy and Finance, HR and Executive Selection, Sales, Marketing and Customer Service, Multilingual, Healthcare, IT, Manufacturing Technical & Engineering, Light Industrial, Construction and Trades and Legal, Osborne’s single and consistent purpose is to fit the right person, with the right role in the right organisation.

To find out more about how Osborne can help find the right role for you in 2018, visit www.Osborne.ie, become a fan on Facebook, www.facebook.com/osbornerecruitment or follow Osborne on Twitter @OsborneRecruits and hear what the Osborne team has to say on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/1809059