Job-Applications.com announced the results of its year-ending poll that gave job-seekers an opportunity to evaluate the economic opportunities in the United States. The poll provided the opportunity to share thoughts on 2014 and the year to come. Despite the sour economy of recent years, respondents, who are mostly in the process of looking for entry-level, service-sector jobs, are looking forward to 2015 with a sense of optimism.
Nearly two-thirds, 65 percent, said they felt job the market will get better in 2015; and just 11 percent said they felt the "American Dream" is not possible.
Job-Applications.com asked, "Do you believe the 'American Dream' is still possible in today's economy? In other words, do you believe that through persistence and hard work, people who are now struggling can become wealthy?" More than 7 in 10 respondents said they felt the American Dream is still possible. That's a more optimistic finding than a recent New York Times poll that found 64 percent said the American Dream is still possible.
A sense of uncertainly, however, was apparent. Nearly one in five respondents, 18 percent, said they were unsure if they believed that "through persistence and hard work, people who are now struggling can become wealthy?"
Two-thirds of the respondents said they had attempted to improve their ability to land a job by seeking training or gaining experience through an internship or an apprenticeship.
"I was encouraged to see a solid sense of optimism in the responses," said Doug Crawford, the president of Job-Applications.com. Most people, he said, felt the economy would be able to provide more opportunities in 2015 than in 2014. "Further," Crawford noted, "the bulk of job-seekers are attempting to improve their own ability to land a job by improving their skill set."
In all, 926 people took the five-question poll 28 percent of respondents said that 2014 provided "less employment opportunities" than in prior years; 47 percent, however, said they felt the year provided more opportunities.
For the last question, Job-Applications.com asked: Overall, for 2014, how would you rate the condition of the national economy? Eighteen percent said "very good"; 61 percent said "fairly good." Just 1 in 5, or 22 percent, said the economy was "bad or very bad."