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Posted: Friday, October 27, 2006 5:16 am | Updated: 4:45 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Experts who assist job seekers in finding employment said money isn’t the top factor workers look for when switching positions. Sometimes it isn’t even ranked No. 2.

Most job seekers desire a better environment where they can learn, contribute and have a flexible schedule to balance work and life, local career experts say.

“As a person becomes more experienced in their career, typically in a job search money is not the deciding factor for them. In recent studies, money (or financial reward) is ranked about fifth. Things like work-life balance, time for family/hobbies and self development become key factors. Especially as the economy turns in the seeker’s favor, these things become more attainable,” said Kevin Tucker, managing director of C~Cubed Career Consulting and Coaching and a credentialed Career Master.

Pamela Roe Ehlers, vice president of American Career Executives, said many employees don’t want to just put in their time at work.Theywanttoberecognized for their abilities.

“For most of them, it’s the culture. They’re looking for a place where they’re going to enjoy going to work. They’re looking for a place where they can contribute and not just do what they’re told,” she said.

For some workers, oftentimes in their 40’s, that means finding a place of employment where they can make a difference in their communities. For others, that means finding a place where they can develop professionally.

Krisanne McGuire said the latest trend she’s seen is a desire for more flexibility.

“As important as salary and benefits is the ability to have flexible hours, possibly to work from home one or two days a week to telecommute. That’s something a lot of job seekers are looking for at all levels. I’ve recently placed an executive level employee who wanted to be able to work from home at least one day a week and the company that offered him the job was able to offer that.”

When a job seeker knows what he or she wants, it’s easier to help them find a job, McGuire said, because it can narrow the job search.

“Sometimes people come in and they’re ready for a change and they’re not sure what they want to do but they’re open to anything or they give me a broad list of positions they would be open to. That’s more difficult to work with. It’s hard to know what would be the right match for them,” she said.

Tucker at C~Cubed believes more workers will be finding the attributes they desire when they ask.

“Speaking of the economy, as it continues to shift, employers are much more willing to ‘deal’ to get the right folks on board,” he said.

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