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More than half of workers claim getting job feelers from employers other than their own

Many workers report getting job offer feelers from other companies during the past year, according to a new poll of more than 600 U.S. and Canadian employees by Right Management. According to the findings, 64 percent of survey participants said they were approached either directly or indirectly about a possible job offer over the past 12 months. Only 36 percent said they had not.

“Despite a continuing tough job market, a majority of employees claim to be getting approaches from other companies,” said Monika Morrow, senior vice president of Career Management at Right Management, which provides talent, career and outplacement services to Fortune 500 companies. “While we might take this as an indicator that the job market is heating up, it’s important to keep in mind that we saw the same finding in 2010, when 54 percent reported being approached by another company about a job. I suspect we don’t have a new trend so much as a sign of hope on the part of many in the North American workforce.”

Moreover, Morrow said, some job feelers may have been little more than workplace gossip. “The ‘indirect’ job feelers may be just about hearing of an opening from a fellow worker, or possibly something via social networking. How real are these feelers? We cannot say. However with the increased use of sites like LinkedIn – which is also reported to be the tool of choice by recruiters – many people may be hearing more about job opportunities. Such technology is enabling communication channels to be opened.”

Source: Right Management; www.right.com.