Though 57% Say Innovation is Key in 2011, Few Have Applied it to Drive Personal Growth

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FPC Workplace Web Poll Data indicates that although many believe in creativity and out-of-the-box thinking, relatively few are utilizing it to amplify their personal growth and development.

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Instead of taking personal risks like starting a business (7%), seeking consultative / contract work (9%), or looking for work outside of one’s field (9%), most survey responders are still focused on finding opportunities within their industry (66%).

FPC, a national executive search firm, polls job candidates who visit http://www.fpcnational.com to search for openings and gain career insights on their perspective on workplace issues and trends.

FPC Workplace Web Poll Data indicates that although many believe in creativity and out-of-the-box thinking, relatively few are utilizing it to amplify their personal growth and development.

57% of survey responders cited ‘out-of-the-box thinking’ as the most valuable skill in 2011. However, when it comes to driving personal financial growth, few are doing things differently. Instead of taking personal risks like starting a business (7%), seeking consultative / contract work (9%), or looking for work outside of one’s field (9%), most survey responders are still focused on finding opportunities within their industry (66%).

A total of 1,966 responders surveyed between February 2011 and April 2011, across all industries and job levels, answered the following questions:

1. “Which skill do you think will prove most useful in 2011?”

18% – Verbal and written communication
57% – Innovation / creativity / out-of-the-box thinking
11% – Computer / technical
3% – Social media expertise
11% – Business networking

2. “What is your primary approach to remaining marketable?”

62% – Networking (both online and offline) and ensuring that you make the most of your contacts
2% – Writing (online and offline) – blogging, tweeting, commenting on blogs within your area of expertise, writing for industry publications
26% – Education / research – classes, webinars, how-to videos, industry publications
8% – Consulting projects – for pay or pro bono
2% – Volunteer /charity work in your field (or outside of field)

3. “Where will you put most of your efforts in driving personal financial growth?”

7% – Start a business or buy a franchise
9% – Consult / look for contract work
66% – Continue seeking job opportunities within your industry
9% – Look for work outside of your field
9% – Go back to school, in favor of long-term vs. short-term growth

Furthermore, when it comes to the job seeker’s approach to remaining marketable, only 2% are utilizing more modern techniques such as blogging and tweeting, a low 8% are taking on consulting projects, and merely 2% are doing volunteer or charity work. Time spent on these creative strategies is in great contrast with an overwhelming majority of 62% who are spending their time networking, which is generally a more traditional approach to increasing marketability.

It seems that people are typically more optimistic when it comes to what they can do, but are more likely to remain within their comfort zone when it comes to actually doing it.

Ron Herzog, CEO & President of FPC, said, “Today, the way to find jobs and drive personal income is to step outside of traditional activities and do things differently. Contrary to most recommendations by market gurus and executive search experts, many people still utilize traditional methodologies, regardless of how much they value innovation. It would be advantageous to consider more creative strategies (for example, those referenced in the FPC web poll), in order to gain the most dramatic results.”

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FPC is a national executive search firm with close to 70 franchise offices. Since 1959, FPC recruiters have been committed to bringing together the right individual with the right opportunity. FPC conducts research to provide the most current advice and information to job candidates and client companies. FPC press releases share pertinent results with the public. For information about FPC, call 800-886-7839 or visit http://www.fpcnational.com.

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