This year’s Jobvite Job Seeker report looks at how people were finding jobs before COVID-19, and then during the pandemic.
Initially, 1,500 employed adults and job seekers in the U.S. were surveyed in February 2020. Then, to track the impact of COVID-19, they conducted a follow-up survey of 1,500 job seekers in early April.
- How job market perceptions have shifted from February to April 2020.
- The level of stress and job insecurity challenging today’s workers.
- The impact of the current job market on salary and negotiations.
- How today’s job seekers are finding jobs and applying for them.
- The benefits and perks that are expected in today’s climate.
- The value of the candidate experience and company culture.
- Preferred communication and interview tactics and platforms.
Highlights of the Jobvite Job Seeker Report (conducted during the pandemic)
The last three months have brought more job insecurity to the marketplace:
American workers’ expectations of benefits and perks have remained about the same throughout the pandemic. Those that have experienced the most notable changes:
- Healthcare (still at the top): 64% in April vs. 67% in February
- 401k programs: 49% April vs. 44% February
- Mental health resources: 26% April vs. 17% February
- Paid family leave: 36% April vs. 30% February
Other expected benefits:
- 401k matching: 38%
- Bonuses + stipends (travel, health, performance-based): 37%
- Casual dress code: 37%
- Remote work: 25%
- Education subsidy: 18%
Candidates stated their preferences for communicating with recruiters and hiring managers, and interview methods:
73% of passive candidates are somewhat likely to respond to a potential employer after a personalized message.
Only 15% of workers are not at all likely to respond to personalized communication from potential employers when not actively seeking a new position.