The process of finding a job is more stressful than in the past, according to 64% of US adults surveyed by Jobvite for its “Job Seeker Nation Report.” However, diversity remains important. The survey found 42% would reject a job offer if the company lacked diversity or clear goals in improving diversity in hiring.

Covid-19 also remains a concern for job seekers; 58% would decline a job opportunity if the employer did not have clear Covid-19 protocols in place.

“Over the past year, the pandemic has greatly altered the dynamics of the US labor market, bringing about what we believe to be ‘The Rise of the Optimized Workforce,’ fueled by the profound change in the concerns, challenges, and priorities for workers and job seekers nationwide,” Jobvite CEO Aman Brar said.

In terms of Covid, the study found:

  • 60% have inquired about current or prospective employer’s Covid-19 safety measures.
  • 49% think employers should require employees to get the vaccine, while 36% disagree.
  • 25% have taken advantage of their employer's mental health benefits more since the onset of the pandemic.
  • 42% report working more hours since the onset of the pandemic.

Among other workplace issues, the study asked about remove work. It found:

  • 35% have declined or would decline a job offer that required them to work full time on location, in an office, or at a worksite.
  • 74% said remote work figures prominently in their decision to reject or accept a job offer.
  • Despite the rise in remote work, 86% say company culture is somewhat important or very important to them, up from 37% in 2019.

Jobvite is a provider of recruitment software, including an applicant tracking system.