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Post-holiday blues push 80 per cent of workers to search for a new job

London, 13 September 2013 - With the nights drawing in and holiday tans fading, it seems many Brits are already thinking about making another escape – from their jobs. New research from Monster.co.uk reveals that four fifths (80 per cent) of workers questioned are prompted to look for a new job after returning from holiday.

Rather than feeling refreshed and ready to get stuck back into work life, nearly half (47 per cent) of respondents admit that they are definitely more likely to search for a new job following their summer break, while 33 per cent say they are probably more likely to do so.

The research reveals that only one in ten respondents (nine per cent) feels content enough in their current role to say they wouldn’t be looking for a new job upon returning from holiday.

Michael Gentle, Head of Consumer Marketing at Monster.co.uk, commented:

"As the summer becomes a distant memory and the long days of winter loom ahead of us, it’s common for people to return from their holidays with a different outlook on work. We are all living at an increasingly fast pace, so holidays are one of the rare occasions when we are able to sit back, reflect and plan for the future. On many occasions this can prompt workers to realise that it might just be time to find something better and opt for a change of scenery."

Monster.co.uk has prepared advice for people returning from holidays who are contemplating a new career move:

1. Update your CV
Remember to keep your CV up to date with any new skills or experience you’ve gained at your current job. For the greatest job application success, always take time to tailor your CV to suit the specific position that you are applying for.

2. Keep your job search secret
Be discreet and resist slacking off. The last thing you want is for your current employer to know that you are looking elsewhere. If they find out, it could jeopardise both your current position and future references.

3. Look for hidden vacancies
Instead of advertising available jobs, employers often look to fill vacancies by word-of-mouth, headhunting or simply by recruiting internally. Keeping an eye out for these hidden opportunities could give you a major boost when it comes to finding your next role.

4. Target the right companies
Whether it’s to be a big fish in a small pond or having the safety of a large organisation, you need to know what you want. Being sure of your mind allows you to narrow down your search and spend more time applying for the roles you really desire.

5. Keep your spirits up
As time passes, it can be easy to become disheartened by mounting rejections. However, one of the main attributes of a successful job seeker is persistence. So this is exactly the time when you need to dust yourself off and put in more hard work than ever – and don’t stop until it pays off.

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For further information please contact:

Sophie Mansfield or Jamie Tomlin
3 Monkeys Communications
020 7009 3100

Notes to editors

Survey carried out amongst 139 jobseekers in September 2013.

Upon returning from holiday, are you more or less likely to look for another job?

Definitely less likely - 9%
Probably less likely - 11%
Probably more likely - 33%
Definitely more likely - 47%

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