Research by staffing firm Accountemps in collaboration with an independent research company revealed 73 percent of workers would not have a problem with seeking a new job while employed. Indeed, nearly half of young workers surveyed would conduct such a job search while in the office.

It has long been acknowledged that recruiters and hiring managers are most interested in candidates who are currently employed. The treasured passive candidate, or a currently employed person who is not actively looking for new work, is a good example of this.

Recruiters should note many employed people are not passive candidates. This can greatly expand the talent pool for any particular position.

Furthermore, workers should know that their current job does not obligate them to cease their search for other employment. Indeed, as mentioned, recruiters may prefer employed candidates. Becoming a temporary worker while in the midst of a job search may be a good idea, and may be appealing enough to become a long-term position.

Temporary and contract workers may look for new jobs while employed in one position, just as permanent workers might. Research shows this is prevalent, and presumably part of the way people work today. In an employment climate of which this is a feature, employers must focus on retention efforts.

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