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Workers Admit to Shopping Employment Market While on the Job


If you’ve ever looked at job opportunities at your current job’s office, you’re not alone.

A survey of more than 1,000 workers from staffing firm Accountemps revealed that 78% said they would feel at least somewhat comfortable looking for a new job while with their present company. More than six in 10 respondents (64%) indicated they'd likely conduct search activities from work.

The survey revealed that professionals ages 18 to 34 are the most open to conducting job search activities at work (72%), compared to those ages 35 to 54 (63%) and 55 and older (46%).

In addition, the research showed men are more likely to conduct job search activities from the workplace (72%) than women (55%).

“Looking for a new opportunity during business hours can be risky and potentially threaten current job security,” said Michael Steinitz, executive director of Accountemps. “While it's OK to pursue new opportunities while employed, a search should never interfere with your current job. Schedule interviews during lunch breaks or outside of business hours and avoid posting anything on social media that indicates you're on the market. Respect your current employer during the process. Using office equipment and resources for your job hunt isn't professional or ethical.”

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