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Twenty-One Percent of Health Care Candidates Rank Work-Life Balance as a Top Reason for Applying to a Job

It probably comes as no surprise that job candidates from a variety of industries rank top reasons for applying to jobs in different levels of importance. While location and desirable industry remain important for all, taking a closer look at recent CareerBuilder Applicant Experience survey data*, several reasons for applying to a jobs stand out as unique for each industry.

  • Manufacturing and IT applicants select reputation of the company as a top reason for applying, whereas staffing applicants find company reputation as less important.
  • Salary is among the top three reasons why applicants apply for opportunities advertised by staffing organizations, but health care applicants select salary importance to a lesser extent.
  • Of all industries surveyed, work-life balance is most important for health care applicants.
  • Applicants within to the health care industry value community outreach more than other industries.

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*This survey was conducted online within the U.S. by CareerBuilder, between December, 2011 and May, 2012, to 165,832 candidates using to apply to jobs.

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Stephanie Gaspary

About Stephanie Gaspary

Stephanie is the managing director of content strategy at CareerBuilder, tasked with creating opportunities to share the CareerBuilder story across job seeker and employer channels. Stephanie, a lifelong learner, holds a Master's in Business Administration and a Master's in Management - both from North Park University and a Bachelor's degree in Art from Bethel University. A Minnesotan at heart, Stephanie has lived in Chicago for nearly 20 years, is the doting mother to two wacky german shorthaired pointer pups, looks forward to her morning run *almost* as much as that first cup of coffee and vows to one day live in the mountains. Follow @sgaspary. Follow @cbforemployers.


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