Monster’s State of the Candidate Report 2019

One in three (33%) Americans plan on looking for a new job this year

  • This is even higher among 18-34-year-olds: 48% plan to look for a new job this year
  • Ninety percent of those planning to look for a new job expect to do so within the first three months of 2019
  • While 54% believe the process would be easy if they had to look for a new job tomorrow, the other half of Americans (46%) believe it would be hard

Three-quarters (75%) of Americans have had a job where they didn’t feel they were a good fit

  • Half (51%) of Americans have felt this way in 2 or more jobs
  • Among those who have felt like a bad fit at a job, only 14% were able to tell right away when they started. For many it took weeks (41%) or months (39%)
  • Nearly all Americans (95%) agree that overall fit is important when it comes to their happiness at work—with 62% believing it is very important

Another three-quarters of Americans think that video will play a role in job searching in the future

  • Seventy-two percent anticipate video in the future job search, but expected uses vary:
    • Video call with recruiters/potential employers in the interview process: 36%
    • Video resume: 33%
    • Video job description: 27%
    • Video application submission: 25%
    • Video featuring a recruiter describing a job ad: 22%
  • Younger Americans (83% 18-34-year-olds) are more likely to see a role for video in the job search process than older Americans (64% 35-65-year-olds)
  • Eighty percent of Americans agree a video of a recruiter talking about a role as part of a job ad would help them better understand a job opportunity
  • Thirty-two percent of Americans do not believe that a traditional resume adequately conveys their value to employers—and this is substantially higher among older Americans (48% 55-65-year-olds)


  • Results are from an online survey commissioned by Monster among a nationally representative sample of 1,000 Americans ages 18-65. A sample of n=200 was taken for the age groups 18-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-54, and 55-65. This survey was conducted between December 17, 2018 and December 27, 2018 and has a margin of error of +/- 3.1% at a 95% confidence level.

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