Job Seekers Have New Expectations When Making a Career Move

The Great Resignation is Turning into the Great Redefinition, especially when it comes to job seekers.

The “great resignation” discussion continues to bring attention to a labor market in flux and changing expectations among workers and employers, according to new research from CompTIA.

CompTIA’s latest “Job Seeker Trends” report revealed that approximately 30% of survey respondents reported pursuing a new job or career change in the past three months (Q4 2021). That’s a slight uptick from the CompTIA’s previous survey of job seekers conducted six months ago.

Top five occupation categories of interest among Job Seekers:

  1. Sales, Marketing, Retail, Real Estate or Related

  2. Healthcare or Medical or Related

  3. Hospitality, Food, Travel, Tourism or Related

  4. Information Technology (IT) or Related

  5. Business, Financial, Accounting, Analyst, Operations or Related

“These findings confirm there is also a great resetting of expectations underway as workers and employers seek better models for reskilling, talent matching and career navigation,” said Todd Thibodeaux, CompTIA president and CEO. “We continue to see some of the most interesting experimentation in the tech workforce space with a wide range of efforts to meet the growing demand for tech talent.”

  • Among current job seekers, 61% said they have looked at new opportunities in a different career field.

  • 63% have searched for jobs within their current or most recent career field. The findings are consistent across gender, age and education demographics.

The survey data suggests the IT occupation category experienced the highest rate of positive change in job seekers’ interest (+7 percentage points) vs. the June 2021 research wave.

Other notable growth categories include:

  • Business, Financial, Accounting, Analyst or Operations category (+4 points)

  • Education, Teaching or Instruction category (+4 points)

  • Hospitality, Food, Travel and Tourism category experienced the highest reversal in interest (-6 percentage points)

  • Transportation, Drivers, or Material Moving category (-5 points)

A Resetting of Expectations on Training

A majority of job seekers expects to need additional training when transitioning into a new career field, though a relatively small subset reported they have taken a training class or other instruction (19%).

  • Among planned activities reported by job seekers, 60% intend to take an online training course

  • 50% said they’ll do self-study and 41% reported interest in an in-person training course

This information has not been lost on the Learning and Development industry.

The 2021 LinkedIn Workplace Learning Report has clearly pointed out that L&D departments have managed to secure a higher place for themselves since the pandemic. In fact, 33% of learning pros have said that they expect an increase in their 2022 training budget.

A Gartner study has pointed out that 48% of employees will most probably work at least part of the time remotely after COVID-19, in contrast to the 30% of employees who did so before the pandemic.

This means that L&D will have to continue to focus on training programs for the hybrid workforce without trying to rush to the instructor-led, face-to-face classroom model of learning.

Source: CompTIA