National Survey Reveals Majority of Unemployed Still Holding Out for the Right Job

According to a national survey of over 2,000 people conducted by, The Career Network, 67% of respondents said they were holding out for the “right” job and reported that they felt their qualifications placed them out of many available positions. The majority of people (almost 60%) reported feeling very confident in their ability to sell themselves to employers, citing that their worth wasn’t being properly seen by HR managers.

Some of the most interesting responses to other survey questions were:

How much time do you spend each week looking for work?

  • 47% of respondents spend at least 10 hours a week looking for work, and over 20% spend double that amount
  • These numbers include employed workers, which signals discontent even among those with jobs who may be under-employed

Would you take less money from a job if it meant more work flexibility and time with family?

  • Only 16% of respondents said that they would take less money in exchange for more work flexibility
  • 34% said they would take all the money they could get, regardless of time spent away from loved ones

Do you spend less time with your family than you did pre-Recession?

  • While 30% reported spending less time with family post-Recession, 70% of respondents spend about the same time or more time with them

How did you spend the recent Labor Day holiday?

  • Almost half (45% of respondents) reported they spent Labor Day working, or looking for work


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