The nation's recovery from the Great Recession may still be a work in progress, but it appears to have made a major change in the way many Americans think about their jobs and job loyalty.
The newly-released 5th annual Job Seeker Nation study by Jobvite, a Bay Area social recruiting platform, says the strengthening economy is now giving skilled workers the advantage, as companies return to hiring mode.
But that doesn't mean workers are looking to stay put once they land a job. According to the survey of nearly 2,100 adults, 45 percent of workers are ready to leave their current positions for new employment -- even if they are happy in their current position. And more than one-quarter of those surveyed view their current jobs as a stepping-stone to other employment.
Money, not surprisingly, is a big motivator for workers considering one job over another. Nearly two-thirds of those surveyed said it was the most influential decision in their job choices. And among those workers deciding whether or not to leave their jobs, 32 percent said their decision was "most impacted by a lack of compensation."
Looking for a new job, meanwhile, is now a full-time activity for many workers thanks to mobile apps. Thirty percent of those surveyed said they job-hunted while at their current place of work -- while 38 percent said they've worked on finding new employment during their commute, and 21 percent admitted to job-hunting during business meetings.
Another interesting statistic to emerge from the Jobvite survey: Younger and more educated members of the work force are more likely to use social medial to research targeted companies, by looking up information about the skills and experiences of current employees at a company of interest.
And thanks to the new technologies, job-seekers now must be prepared to master a variety of job interview categories. While in-person interviews are still the most used, the survey says nearly one-third of people looking for work in the software and IT industries are most likely to have been interviewed via video or Skype.