Millennials are proving more ambitious in their job searches, re-engaging at a faster rate and applying for more jobs compared to older job seekers, according to Snagajob, America’s largest hourly employment network for job seekers and employers.
Snagajob, which hosts more than 40 million registered job seekers and posts more than 250,000 hourly job listings at any one time, released a look back at hourly job seeker activity based on data captured from its website.
Some of the major findings of the first “Counter Intelligence: The Snagajob Service Industry Hiring Report,” which focuses on data captured during October, November, and December 2012, are:
“The data shows us that Millennial job seekers are looking for hourly jobs in force, both in terms of the numbers of young candidates starting their search again and their collective willingness to work a number of different jobs,” says Jason Hamilton, vice president of marketing for Snagajob.
“We attribute this to the fact that they simply need to get their foot in the door, whether it’s for a career job or otherwise,” he adds. “On the contrary, some older job seekers have either become more selective in the jobs they are willing to work, or to a certain degree, some of them may have suspended their search for the moment.”
The retail and restaurant industries are a core focus for Snagajob. In 2012, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics figures, retail gained about 20,000 jobs per month, and restaurants gained about 24,000 jobs per month.
“These are growing industries where younger workers often can get hired, which also speaks to the job seeker interest we’ve seen,” Hamilton says.
Taking a look at the restaurant industry, the brands that saw the biggest increase in job seeker interest were Sonic Drive-In, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Qdoba Mexican Grill, Panera Bread, and McDonald’s.
Snagajob job seekers would most like to be a Chipotle crew member, citing it as the single most popular job listing in the restaurant category.
During the fourth quarter of 2012, job seekers faced the strongest competition from other candidates in Stockton, California; Fresno, California; Albany, Georgia; Modesto, California; and Riverside-San Bernardino, California.
Conversely, job seekers in Midland, Texas; Odessa, Texas; Iowa City, Iowa; Fargo, North Dakota; and Charleston, West Virginia had the greatest chance to get noticed by employers.
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