5 things candidates don’t care about

We spend a lot of time looking at what is important to candidates when changing roles. However, we often don’t look at what isn’t important to them. When we do look at the things that aren’t important we create another set of inputs to consider when structuring roles and ultimately filling these roles.

The LinkedIn Talent Trends 2014 found that the least important factor was job title and office location.

The interesting point to note is that irrespective of whether the candidate is actively looking to change roles or passive in approach the things they don’t care about are quite similar.

So let’s take a look the least important factors when looking to change jobs for both active and passive candidates from the report.


  • Improved job title
  • Better office location (commute, city)
  • Unhappy with current team
  • Stronger relationship with manager
  • Personal reasons (family, health etc.)



  • Improved job title
  • Better office location (commute, city)
  • Increased job security
  • Stronger relationship with manager
  • More impactful role

Interestingly, when we look at ‘improved job title’ the global average is 33%. Australia is well above this figure at 50% for active candidates and 63% among passive candidates against a global average of 49%.

Do these findings surprise you?

If you have any questions or would like to know more about what is important to candidates then please contact me paul@paulgreening.com


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