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Jan 2015

The Road More Traveled: International Monster Poll Shows Most Would Relocate To A New Country For Their Dream Job


Nearly Half of American Workers Would Leave The US; German Workers Least Likely

Weston, MA – January 14, 2015 – An international poll conducted by Monster reveals that more than half of workers (55%) are willing to relocate to a new country to pursue their dream job, 32% would go so far as to move to the other side of the world. 

Monster, the worldwide leader in successfully connecting job opportunities to people, asked visitors to their site the question, “How far would you be willing to relocate for your dream job?” and received over 5,400 responses.  International findings included:

•    23% answered “I wouldn’t be willing to relocate”
•    23% answered “I would move to another city”
•    23% answered “I would move to another country”
•    32% answered “I would move to the other side of the world”

Breaking down the results by region, workers from France and Canada are the most enthusiastic about relocating to pursue a dream job: 50% of French respondents would move to the other side of the world, and 23% would move to another country. 45% of Canadian respondents said they would move to the other side of the world. Respondents from the Gulf region are also eager to move, with 49% answering that they would leave their current country for their dream job. 48% of American respondents would leave the US to pursue their dream job, 31% of which would move across the world for it. German and Dutch respondents are the most loyal to their homes, with 58% and 42% answering that they are completely unwilling to move, respectively. 

“Dream jobs come in all shapes and sizes, but sometimes we aren’t looking in the right place for them,” said Mary Ellen Slayter, Career Advice Expert for Monster. “Whether you are actively seeking out a new job, or have come across a dream opportunity unexpectedly, it’s important to think about what life changes you’d be willing to make to pursue your ideal job. If a big move wouldn’t bother you, conduct your job search accordingly. Fortunately, technology has made applying for a job across the world as easy as applying a job in your own town. Every stage of the process, from finding open positions to interviewing with potential future managers, can often be done online.”

Here are a few tips for landing a job long-distance:

•    Mention in your resume and social media profiles that you are willing to relocate, and indicate a distance if necessary (nationwide, within 100 miles of Chicago, etc.)
•    If you have a specific destination in mind – for example, you've always wanted to live in New York – then join online discussion boards or professional groups in that area to hear about jobs. 
•    Reach out to people in your extended network who live in the areas you are interested in living. Those people with whom you graduated high school or college are probably scattered all over the globe. Post a message in your alumni group that you're looking for a job in your field of interest and willing to relocate. People from all over may have heard about different jobs you otherwise wouldn't have learned about.

The results of the current Monster International Poll are based on votes cast by Monster visitors from: November 3-16, 2014. Only one vote per user is counted toward the final tabulation. The Monster International poll, a product of Monster, the premier global online employment solution and flagship brand of Monster Worldwide, Inc., is a series of online polls that gauge users’ opinions on a variety of topics relating to careers, the economy and the workplace.  These polls are not scientific and reflect the opinions of only those Internet users who have chosen to participate.

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