Study: Vast majority of Americans looking for new jobs in the new year

If your New Year's resolution is to search for a new career in finance – or in any other industry – then you're not alone. A recent poll from Right Management found that more than 80 percent of Americans are going to be actively seeking a new work position during the first months of 2014.

In fact, only five percent of respondents to the poll noted that they are currently satisfied with their current positions. Another 9 percent noted that, while they remain undecided about their current work situation, they may network and search for new opportunities sometime this year.

"Engagement, loyalty and job satisfaction should be top concerns for employers who want to keep their best talent," said Scott Ahlstrand, global practice leader for employee engagement at Right Management. "High employee dissatisfaction has a ripple effect that can hurt the bottom line, disrupt productivity and damage morale. Successful companies cultivate and retain top talent by building loyalty through engagement that connects employees' work contributions to concrete business outcomes."

Currently, 83 percent of Americans plan to pursue new job opportunities. When polled at the end of 2009, only 60 percent of Americans suggested they planned to do so – which the release suggests "should signal a wake-up call" for managers.

Americans will likely be searching for these jobs – and applying for them – online. A recent release from Allison & Taylor identified technology as the number one job hunting trend for 2014 – whether or not technology jobs are concerned.

The release notes that almost all mid-to-large size companies now offer an online application process. Additionally, these organizations often use applicant tracker information to allow applicants to see what "stage" their documents are currently at. The release notes that online application systems may replace paper-based application systems entirely in the coming years.