Candidate Sentiment Study

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Candidate Sentiment Study

Did you know? Eight in 10 job candidates (80%), both active and passive seekers, foresee working for a new company in the next 12 months—despite, or possibly due to, the economic uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. Learn more about how your company can start planning now for a successful 2021 using the findings detailed in the new ASA Candidate Sentiment Study. The 2020 Candidate Sentiment Study provides insights on potential staffing employee perceptions and experiences amid the new employment realities of the coronavirus pandemic.

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The survey was fielded in May of 2020. Report data are based on input from more than 700 U.S. based adults age 18+.

The report includes the following sections:

  • Job Search Process
    • Candidate optimism
    • Job search resources and preferences
    • Reasons for leaving most recent job
    • Top job attributes beyond compensation
    • Social media interaction
  • Pandemic Impact on Candidates
    • Economic uncertainty and the job search
    • Job search stress amid Covid-19
  • How Candidates Decide Which Staffing Firm to Use
    • Useful information to provide to candidates
    • Most trusted resources to vet staffing firms
    • How candidates choose a staffing firm
    • Common perceptions about staffing firms
    • How candidates judge a firm’s online presence
    • Top reasons candidates partner with staffing firms
  • Staffing Firm Utilization and Satisfaction
    • Percentage of candidates using staffing firms
    • Factors impacting repeat use
    • Keys to increasing candidate satisfaction
    • Responsiveness expectations
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ASA Workforce MonitorMore than three-quarters of employed U.S. adults (79%) are satisfied with their employers’ pandemic-related return-to-work plans. Download the infographic »

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