How would you feel if you lost your job today? Turns out, more than half of American employees believe they’d land on their feet within six months.
Fifty-four percent of employed workers said they were confident that if they became suddenly unemployed, they’d find a new position that matched their experience and current compensation within half a year, according to the career site Glassdoor.
That optimism has been on the rise. Seven years ago, only 33% of employed workers felt that way. But confidence has been growing steadily since 2013.
However, hope among unemployed workers has recently slipped. Forty-seven percent of unemployed workers believed they would be rehired in the beginning of 2015, but that number has dropped to 40%. That’s still a high from 2014, when confidence plummeted to 31%.
Younger employees are more optimistic in their ability to find a new job than older workers, Glassdoor found. Sixty percent of people between the ages of 18 and 34 were optimistic that they would find work, while 44% of employees between the ages of 55 and 64 felt the same way.
Employee optimism can also be measured in expected salary increases. Half of employees anticipated a cost-of-living increase or pay raise within the next 12 months, according to Glassdoor.
While employee expectations have been increasing slowly since 2014, figures haven’t been that high in over seven years. In the wake of the financial crisis and subsequent recession, half of employees said they weren’t expecting a salary bump.
Whether you’re unemployed, or looking for a change, leaving one job can mean opening the door to another. Here are four things you need to know to land your dream job:
1) Find something you enjoy: To quote WPP PLC CEO Martin Sorrell, “If you enjoy your work, then it is not work.” One of the first steps in a job search should be honestly gauging what you find attractive in a role. Are you naturally social and enjoy engaging with colleagues? Does coding thrill you? Most importantly, are you up-to-date on the technical skills you need to capitalize on your interests and skills?
3) Prove you’ll go beyond what is asked of you: In an interview, demonstrate to your potential employer examples of when you took decisive action and there was a positive outcome. Showing an ability to plan in advance instead of just being reactive will set you apart from other candidates.