U.S. Job Seekers Looking for Work but Not Looking to Negotiate Values

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Majority would not accept jobs that harm environment, according to recent survey by LiveCareer

Most U.S. job seekers would not accept employment that in some way hurts the environment, according to a recent survey of thousands of people looking for work. The poll was conducted by LiveCareer.com, one of the country’s top employment websites.

The informal survey polled 6,100 LiveCareer users about their comfort in accepting a “great” job, even if it meant the environment would be harmed.    

Over 76% of respondents said they would not, while nearly 9% said they would be willing to accept a job under such circumstances. 14% of respondents were neutral.

“The survey results show that even in a tough job market, people are not willing to do anything for the sake of employment,” says Jamie Freundlich, co-CEO of LiveCareer North America. “Compromising principles does not come easily.”

Employment status did not affect the majority of respondents’ answers: unemployed and employed were equally unwilling to accept an environmentally detrimental job.
However, woman were 18% more likely to respond “strongly disagree” with the question “I would prefer to have a great job even if it means harming the environment” than men.

The survey found that political affiliation was the clearest indication of how respondents would answer. To the question “Who do you believe is most at fault for the recent recession and loss of U.S. jobs?”, those responding “Democratic Party” were twice as likely to indicate a willingness to accept a job that hurt the environment than those responding “Republican Party”.
Factoring gender and political views together uncovered that 11% of females who blame the Democratic Party for the recession were willing to sacrifice the environment for a better job while only 5% of women who pointed to the Republican Party were willing to do the same. The difference between men who blamed the Republicans and Democrats was less noticeable.

“The results show that views on the environment are affected by how you view the broader world,” says Freundlich. “Not even unemployment can push people to change their worldview.”
Livecareer.com welcomes a deeper review of the survey data and will make the data available to qualified researchers. A copy of the data can be requested from survey2012-01(at)livecareer(dot)com

About LiveCareer
LiveCareer, home of America's #1 resume builder, is a leading online career destination, helping people create job-winning resumes. LiveCareer has been named one of the Top 100 employment websites by Weddle and is featured in Weddle’s prestigious 2011/12 Guide to Employment Sites on the Internet. We have helped over 10 million registered users find career success through our cover letter and resume builder products, scientifically validated online career and education tests, salary resources, and a job search engine. Our products are designed with our users in mind; assisting them in every aspect of their careers and helping them make better career and educational decisions to improve their lives.

For more information, visit the LiveCareer website at http://www.livecareer.com.

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