Survey Identifies Key Considerations For Candidates Making A Career Move

MENLO PARK, CA -- Signing bonuses and company cars may have won over last year’s job seekers, but today’s applicants are more interested in a firm’s staying power. In a recent survey, 28 percent of chief financial officers (CFOs) polled said a prospective employer’s stability is the most important consideration for candidates evaluating employment offers. Salary ranked second, with 23 percent of the response.

The survey was developed by Robert Half, the world’s first and largest staffing service specializing in the accounting, finance and information technology fields. It was conducted by an independent research firm and includes responses from 1,400 CFOs from a stratified random sample of U.S. companies with more than 20 employees.


CFOs were asked, “In your opinion, which one of the following is the most important consideration for job candidates today when evaluating employment offers?” Their responses:



Stability of the company 28%
Salary level  23%
Career advancement opportunities 21%
Work environment/corporate culture  20%
Equity incentives/stock options 4%
Don’t know/no answer 4%

“In the current economy, job seekers are interested in a firm’s ability to weather difficult times,” said Max Messmer, chairman and CEO of Robert Half, and author of Motivating Employees For Dummies (Hungry Minds, Inc.). “While compensation, career growth opportunities and work environment remain key considerations, candidates want to know first and foremost what type of job security they can expect.

“Businesses with a proven track record of sound management practices and fiscal stability are not only more attractive to potential employees but they also provide a corporate culture in which existing staff are motivated to succeed,” Messmer added.

Robert Half has more than 330 locations worldwide, and offers online job search services at www.roberthalf.com.

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