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THE ANATOMY OF THE CENTRAL TEXAS JOB SEEKER

Getting Personal

This section was designed to gather more intimate knowledge of the respondents’ thoughts and attitudes
during their Job Seeking endeavor.

On the personal side, it appears that the majority of respondents (57%) generally had a positive attitude in
their professional lives. The majority are optimistic in regards to job opportunities, feel that they have
adequate support from friends/family, rate themselves fully capable professionally, and are not shy in sharing
their opinions.

They plan on staying in the Central Texas area for a lengthy time frame, prefer to work in medium and small
businesses, and are motivated by better pay, learning opportunities and better benefits. In addition, they
believe that they are responsible for their career progression and look for and maintain friends outside of the
circle of their fellow coworkers.

Results Summary

The results indicated that our on-line participants were generally knowledgeable in job search procedure and
methodologies and were mostly confident in their abilities to secure employment. They realize that our
career centers and services are assets and know where they are located if they need to utilize them. The
survey also showed confidence in the local labor markets. Local labor market that they would consider for
employment, as defined by the respondents, constituted an area of a 60 mile circumference from Bell
County.

Demographics generally matched the overall population with the exception that approximately 57% were
over 40 years of age - indicating an elderly workforce. This indicates that while new electronic and social
methodologies need to be utilized for the younger job seekers, established methodologies familiar to the
older generation need to be continued.

In addition it was noted that while the majority of the respondents were aware of the importance of having
career targets or goals, often job considerations were based more on immediate necessities rather than long-
range career planning. This phenomenon is identified as the Ping-Pong theory which implies that many job
seekers bounce back and forth among various jobs (based on availability, immediate financial considerations,
length of unemployment, ease of securing the job, etc.) thereby missing the vertical job opportunities that
long term career objectives require because these may take longer and be harder to secure.

The opportunity is there for workforce entities to provide further assistance in working with industry in
identifying career path/progression models and communicating them to the labor force participants. If the
future needs of industry is in highly-skilled knowledgeable employees, those can only be achieved by
continually increasing those skill levels through career progression.

Using data from this survey and other data instruments it was surmised that approximately 1/3 of job seekers
use the services of the Texas Workforce Commission and the Workforce Solution subsidiaries.

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