Today is the day when people are most likely to be dusting off their CVs and thinking about looking for a new job, with women more likely to be leading the way, according to a new study.
The survey of 2,000 working British adults by Samsung Galaxy Note 4 shows many are not averse to exaggerating their achievements on their CV. Getting creative with the facts on a CV is now considered acceptable by over half (53%) with a third (33%) admitting they have actively lied on a job application to impress recruiters. The most popular ‘lie’ is to exaggerate education grades.
The study found that 48% of all those surveyed pinpointed the third week of January as a time when they are most likely to be open to hearing about opportunities or start looking for a new role with 2.30pm on a Friday being noted as the time when people are most likely to switch off from work and switch on to finding a new role by scoping job sites, polishing CVs and applying for new roles.
The three biggest motivating factors stimulating the rush were New Year blues (33%), post-Christmas debts (27%) and New Year resolutions (25%). These findings were reflected by the fact that ‘more money’ was the number 1 requirement (59%), followed by those seeking a better work/life balance (48%) and a more desirable location to work (35%).
The study also revealed that women will be polishing their CVs the most over their male counterparts with 58% considering January a good time to look for a new career. Moreover, women said they were more likely to ‘switch off’ on a Friday afternoon to search job sites and polish their CVs. When it comes to telling white lies on CVs – men (33%) and women (33%) were evenly split.
Other findings include:
– 42% are friends with colleagues including bosses on social media
– 59% would leave their current job for more money
– The average person spends six years working for a company before looking for a new role and expects to work for six different companies in their lifetime.