Employees who quit during the Great Resignation are now finding that securing a good job is more difficult than in recent months.
- Of 2,000 job seekers surveyed, around 70% have said that it is more difficult to find a job than they had expected, a recent Harris Poll finds.
- The majority of those surveyed say that they enjoyed their job, but among those who do not enjoy their current position, few are leaving due to worries about finding other employment.
- Recent mass layoffs, like the one at Meta, have employees worried about how likely they will be to find another job.
Why it’s news
Unemployment is slowly starting to rise again amid mass layoffs from companies like Meta and Twitter. Since the pandemic, employees have enjoyed a strong upper hand when negotiating employment, but that appears to be nearing an end.
More than 70% of those surveyed felt that hiring managers were failing to properly engage with prospective employees—such as ignoring application submissions or neglecting to schedule an interview.
Many of the job seekers interviewed regretted waiting until recently to begin their job search. Around 60% of respondents said their job search has taken six months or longer.
This frustrating job search has led to about half of respondents saying they would accept nearly any job offer.
This isn’t’ the first sign that the Great Resignation is waning. The Joblist, a job-finding site, found that in July around a quarter of those who quit during the pandemic regretted their decision.
More signs are pointing to the balance of power shifting back to the employers.