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Nov 2014

So, You Think You’ve Got What It Takes To Be The Boss?

84% of Surveyed Monster Seekers Believe They Could Out-Perform Their Manager

WESTON, Mass.--Nov. 12, 2014-- An international poll conducted by Monster reveals that an overwhelming majority of those surveyed believe they could do a better job than their manager. Monster, the worldwide leader in successfully connecting job opportunities to people, asked visitors to their sites across the globe, “In your current or most recent job, do you think you could do a better job than your manager?” and received over 4,800 responses. International findings were1:

  • 84% of respondents answered “Yes”
  • 16% of respondents answered “No”

European respondents were the most conservative in their sentiments, however, the vast number of respondents believe they could do the job. Breaking down the numbers by country, the following reflects the percentage of respondents who believe they could do a better job than their managers:

  • France: 72%
  • Netherlands: 74%
  • Germany 83%
  • U.S. 84%
  • India 87%

"If you don't respect your boss, it's time to start exploring your options for making a move," said Mary Ellen Slayter, Career Advice Expert for Monster. “Perhaps you would like a lateral move, as you could be a valuable asset to another workplace, working under someone you find more inspiring. Or, if you're feeling ambitious, maybe it's time to start thinking about becoming the boss yourself."

Here are a few tips for pursuing your job search to take a step up the ladder:

  • Emphasize how you've gone above and beyond. If you've regularly taken on duties and projects at a higher level than your job title would typically suggest, make that clear in your resume and cover letter.
  • Leverage your education. Additional degrees and certifications can help prove you're ready for the next level.
  • Highlight community leadership roles. Paid work isn't the only place you can develop management skills. Volunteer work also demonstrates that you have potential to take on more.

The results of the current Monster International Poll are based on votes cast by Monster visitors from: September 1-15, 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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About Monster Worldwide

Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:MWW), is a global leader in successfully connecting job opportunities and people. Monster uses the world's most advanced technology to help people Find Better, matching job seekers to opportunities via digital, social and mobile solutions including®, our flagship website, and employers to the best talent using a vast array of products and services. As an Internet pioneer, more than 200 million people have registered on the Monster Worldwide network. Today, with operations in more than 40 countries, Monster provides the broadest, most sophisticated job seeking, career management, recruitment and talent management capabilities globally. For more information visit

1 Excluding “I don’t know” responses

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