New Year, New Jobs; Monster+HotJobs U.S. Poll Finds That People Are Optimistic about Change in the Workplace

MAYNARD, Mass.--()--Employed job seekers have been waiting out the recession for years before embarking on a new job search, and many experts are finally predicting 2011 could be their year for change. Monster.com®, the leading job matching engine and flagship brand of Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: MWW), recently asked job seekers about their plans for 2011 and found that an overwhelming majority (98%) of Americans polled indicated they are primed and ready to pursue new job opportunities in 2011.

"With the New Year comes new resolutions, and Americans are making it known that they are optimistic about getting a fresh start in the coming year," said Charles Purdy, Monster.com career-advice expert. "We've seen for a while now that skilled jobs are on the rise. And as the economy starts to get back on its feet, we believe that they'll continue to be in demand, making 2011 the year of the new job -- but not just any job. Now, workers are looking for positions that inspire them and challenge them to rise to the occasion. At the same time, employers are increasingly looking to hire the best people for open roles, not just settling for a 'good enough' candidate."

The new Monster+HotJobs survey also shed additional insight into the mindset of job seekers who, by and large are optimistic not just about the economic conditions for job opportunities and growth but are also infused with a newfound passion for their career, versus sticking with the status quo as in years’ past:

  • 61 percent of poll respondents said work would be more of a priority in 2011 than in 2010 (9 percent said it would be less, 14 percent said they expected no change, and 16 percent weren't sure yet)
  • Topping 66 percent of seekers’ career wish lists for 2011 was a new job with a new employer (15 percent were hoping for a raise or promotion at their current employer, 17 percent were hoping to become self-employed, and only 2 percent were happy with the status quo)
  • 42 percent of respondents were hopeful about the new year and said they expected job or employment conditions to improve (33 percent expected conditions to worsen, and 25 percent expected things to stay about the same).
  • 78 percent of respondents had work-related new year’s resolutions

The Monster+HotJobs Polls are an ongoing series of online polls that gauge users’ opinions on a variety of topics relating to careers, the economy and the workplace. This poll is not scientific and reflects the opinions of only those internet users who have chosen to participate. Polls remain on the web site for one week at a time.

About Monster Worldwide

Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: MWW), parent company of Monster, the premier global online employment solution for more than a decade, strives to inspire people to improve their lives. With a local presence in key markets in North America, Europe, and Asia, Monster works for everyone by connecting employers with quality job seekers at all levels and by providing personalized career advice to consumers globally. Through online media sites and services, Monster delivers vast, highly targeted audiences to advertisers. Monster Worldwide is a member of the S&P 500 index. To learn more about Monster's industry-leading products and services, visit www.monster.com. More information about Monster Worldwide is available at http://about-monster.com.

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Porter Novelli
Zora Falkowski, 617-897-8247
zora.falkowski@porternovelli.com
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Monster.com
Matthew Henson, 978-823-2627
matthew.henson@monster.com

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Employed job seekers have been waiting out the recession for years before embarking on a new job search, and many experts are finally predicting 2011 could be their year for change.

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Contacts

Press
Porter Novelli
Zora Falkowski, 617-897-8247
zora.falkowski@porternovelli.com
or
Monster.com
Matthew Henson, 978-823-2627
matthew.henson@monster.com