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Five Jobs With the Most Turnover

As the job market moves in a positive direction, workers are feeling more confident about job prospects and are pursuing new opportunities, according to CareerBuilder’s Q4 2012 Job Forecast. The study found that 18 percent of hiring managers had top performers leave their organizations in Q3 2012. In comparison, 26 percent of workers said they plan to change jobs in the next 12 months.

The top five positions companies cited for having the most
turnover in their organizations this year include:

  1. Sales Representative
  2. Administrative Assistant
  3. IT Manager/Network Administrator
  4. Engineer
  5. Customer Service Representative

With increased worker movement in the marketplace, the competition for talent is becoming more intense. Half (50 percent) of employers who extended a job offer in the last year reported that a candidate rejected the offer.They primarily attribute the rejection to candidates taking another job offer — meaning another company may have had a stronger employment brand reputation — or their organization was not able to meet desired salary.

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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.

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