Nearly one third of UK business decision makers are looking for a career change in 2013

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However, only 37 per cent are confident about securing a new job, research reveals.

Almost one third of UK business decision makers are looking for a career change in 2013, new research shows. At a time of year when people are putting into practice their New Year’s resolutions a new career continues to be a popular choice, with 31 per cent of respondents saying they are likely or very likely to start looking for a new job this month.

The prospect of more money is the main driver for a career change (37%), whilst 18 per cent are looking for a different challenge. However, in the current economic climate only 37 per cent of respondents are confident about securing a new role.  

Looking for a new role

The research, which was commissioned by AGM Transitions, also found that 50 per cent of respondents would use job websites when looking for a new role, followed by newspaper adverts (33%), existing business contacts (31%), head-hunters/recruiters (29%), friends (29%) and family (26%).

However, despite social media increasingly being used for business networking and research purposes, 67 per cent still do not use social media to promote or market themselves in the industry.   

Daunting aspects

Finding the right opportunity was the most daunting aspect of changing jobs (40%), followed by the fear of change (23%) and pulling a CV together (22%).

Yet despite the challenges associated with finding a new job only 13 per cent plan to use a career consultant to get advice and prepare themselves for the job market. This finding is even more surprising given that 39 per cent of respondents admit that they would have a chosen a different career path had they received better career counseling previously.

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