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Is your resume covered in cobwebs? You're not alone, according to a recent Accountemps survey. Nearly half (48 percent) of employed workers interviewed said it's been at least five years since they last looked for a new job; this includes 30 percent of survey respondents who haven't conducted a job search in more than a decade.
In the same survey, nearly one in five (19 percent) employees polled said they plan to look for a new job in the next 12 months. Among those, 70 percent expect the effort to be somewhat or very challenging.
The survey was developed by Accountemps, the world's first and largest specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals, and conducted by an independent research firm. It includes responses from more than 400 employees 18 years of age and older who work in an office environment in the United States.
Workers were asked, "How long has it been since you last looked for a new job?" Their responses showed that over 30 percent have not looked for a job in the last 10 years. At the same time, 32% percent looked in the last two years, 20 percent in the last 2-4 years, 12 percent in the last 5-7 years and six percent in the last 10 years.
"Professionals who plan to pursue greener pastures should be aware of how job-search strategies have evolved," said Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps and author of Managing Your Career For Dummies® (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.). "Change is the only constant today. Applicants can gain an edge by keeping up with the latest job-hunting trends, tools and tactics."
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In addition to writing resumes, Krumrie has published over 2,000 career and job search articles for CollegeRecruiter,