Spouse Remains Chief Career Advisor for Many, Survey Shows

    TORONTO, Jan. 9 /CNW/ - Those considering a job change seek many sources
of guidance, but the opinion they value most often comes from the person
closest to them. Nearly half (46 per cent) of executives polled said they turn
first to spouses or significant others for advice when evaluating a potential
job change, up from 42 per cent in 2002. The survey also shows mentors carry
greater clout than five years ago: 41 per cent of respondents said they would
consult their mentors first, compared to 28 per cent in 2002.
    The poll included responses from 150 senior executives - including those
from human resources, finance and marketing departments. It was conducted by
an independent research firm and developed by Accountemps, the world's first
and largest specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance and
bookkeeping professionals.

    Executives were asked, "If you were considering changing jobs, which one
of the following people would you most likely approach first for advice when
evaluating a potential job change?" Their responses:

                                              2007   2002
                                              ----   ----

          Spouse or significant other .......  46%    42%
          Mentor ............................  41%    28%
          Coworker ..........................   4%    13%
          Other family member ...............   4%     5%
          Friend ............................   3%    11%
          Someone else ......................   2%     1%
                                              ----   ----
                                              100%   100%

    "The advice of mentors, colleagues and other confidants helps when
weighing the pros and cons of a career transition, but a job change has
personal and family implications," said Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps
and author of Job Hunting For Dummies(R), 2nd Edition (John Wiley & Sons,
Inc.). "A spouse or significant other is not only familiar with a partner's
overall priorities and motivators, but also has a stake in the outcome of his
or her career decisions."

    Along with seeking advice from family, friends and mentors, Accountemps
advises professionals to consider the following questions before making a
career transition:

    -   Is the grass really greener? If you once were satisfied in your
        present job, what changed? Will the new position be more fulfilling,
        or would you be better off trying to enhance your current role so it
        includes more of the duties you enjoy?
    -   Will you have room to grow? When considering a new position, ask
        about advancement potential. If a career dead-end is prompting your
        desire to make a change, you want to be sure you don't end up in the
        same situation at a different company in a year or two.
    -   Have you done your homework? Is the firm in good financial condition?
        Have you researched the industry, and the company's mission and
        values? Try to determine if the new work environment will appeal to

    Accountemps has more than 350 offices throughout North America, Europe
and the Asia-Pacific region, and offers online job search services at

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    Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton or Vancouver, please contact Jason Chapman at
    416-365-9140, extension 62070.

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