7 differences between career seekers and job seekers

CLEVELAND - 

While Cox Automotive’s latest workforce study uncovered some startling data and Hireology presented some branding suggestions, Automotive Personnel chief executive officer Don Jasensky reiterated the seven differences he has seen between “job seekers” and “career seekers.”

Jasensky insisted that “there is a world of difference,” as finance companies and dealerships look to fill their workforces with the best possible employees to finalize contracts, complete deliveries and the myriad of other tasks that happen in the automotive retail space.

“Career seekers are looking to ‘become something more’ and ‘add career value’ when they seek a new position,” Jasensky said on his company’s website.

Jasensky then explained the seven differences between these individuals that he teaches recruiters and clients. They include:

—Career seekers will likely put more effort in becoming very good at their work.

—Career seekers will invest more money, effort and energy in developing their careers.

—Career seekers are looking long-term and will make decisions that will benefit them long-term.

—Because they are looking long-term, career seekers will be more selective and take more time to make a decision.

—Career seekers will talk to mentors and other trusted people before committing to a new position.

—Job seekers will come to interview “all enthused” and will “jump through any hoop,” which is attractive to many managers but is not an indicator of high performance.

—Job seekers will accept a position quicker with less investment in researching the company and the position.

“Career seekers will be excited the day they get started because they are beginning a new chapter in their career,”  said Jasensky, who also is a board member of the National Automotive Finance Association. “The job seeker will be happy that the ordeal of finding a job is over. Entirely different mindsets."

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