Job Search Barriers, Areas for Help and More – Survey Results

Barriers to career change survey resultsWe’re constantly testing the waters of executive life on various topics of interest to you. Recently, we asked for your views on three areas: Length of time in search, the barriers in your search, and areas you could use some help with. Barriers to career change survey results
Of the respondents who are actively in job search, 51 percent either just started or have been looking for only a couple of months. Twenty percent have been in search for 3-6 months. Surprisingly, only 28 percent have been in search for more than six months. Typically, the number who are in search over six months is larger.

Most respondents, 54 percent, identified age bias and being seen as overqualified as their main barrier. After that, the perceived barriers were spread in several directions:


When asked to rank in order of importance the areas of career change they’d like help with the results were… interesting, in that finding jobs was near the bottom of the list. The respondents’ focus was more on networking and coaching than finding lists of openings. This is good. You want to have strategies that encourage opportunities to come to you, and they will if you have a healthy network and a clear brand image that you effectively market. Of course, it’s vital to have your interviewing skills refined with a unified message that captures interest.

Rank in order of importance the areas of career change with which you would like help:

1 Connecting with hiring decision makers
2 Getting the attention of recruiters
3 Find additional people to add to my career network
4 Sharpen my interviewing skills
5 Revise, revamp and improve my résumé
6 Scheduling a meeting with a career expert who will help me develop a job search strategy and plan
7 Finding job openings to apply to
8 Basic help getting started

Here are some resources on our Career Center that address many of the barriers that might be limiting you from your dream job:

Would you like some individual help overcoming the obstacles preventing you from finding work you love? If so, call us at 1-800-637-3126 and we’ll be happy to help!

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson is ExecuNet's president and chief economist. An Arjay Miller Scholar, Mark received his MBA from Stanford University and a BA in economics from Yale University. He joined ExecuNet in 1993, with extensive marketing and new product and business development experience, having served as president and founder of A&M Associates, an investment management firm. Mark's corporate leadership experience includes several senior marketing and financial positions with RCA Global Communications (a GE subsidiary) and American Can Company.

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