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Reworking resumes the biggest block to changing jobs: Monster Poll

Are you stuck in a job that you have clearly outgrown? We’ve all been there. Changing your work place or role isn’t easy for anyone. For starters, most of us need a new job in hand to make the move. To that end, you need to update your resume, write a cover letter and search for the right job. Then there are interviews, and sometimes even entrance tests. Once you have an offer in hand, you have to discuss your salary and benefits with your new organization.

But that isn’t where the task ends. Resignation from your current organization, exit interview and assist in the handover process are other difficult aspects of changing jobs. 

Many employees stumble while weighing the decision to actively hunt for another job. 

The thought of leaving familiar surroundings and colleagues to enter the rough and tumble of the job market can be daunting for even the most seasoned professional.


Monster poll reveals the ‘Hardest Part of Changing Jobs’ 
So what are they key factors that are holding employees back from switching workplaces? Monster recently conducted a poll to find out. Cutting across country borders and workplace cultures, three factors stood out as top reasons for why employees are reluctant to move. Interviewing, leaving a familiar workplace and updating resume and cover letters. Handing in notice was cited as the least important reason for resisting a job change. 

Here’s a detailed look at some of the insights gleaned from the numbers:

Updating resumes, writing cover letters top the list of job switch deterrents
Writing a resume is a challenging task, given it is the first impression you create with a potential employer. If that wasn’t hard enough, updating it with new details about promotions or commendations, project work, education or training can be a real test. It’s no wonder, then, that employees in Gulf voted reluctance to update their resumes and write cover letters as the main reason for not seeking new employment. 

Many find interviews intimidating 
The completely unpredictable nature of the job interview can make it an intimidating process. So much so that it is the 2nd most popular reason to not change jobs for employees in Gulf along with leaving a familiar workplace. 

Many years of working in the same office leads to a comfort level with the systems and processes of an organization, apart from a certain degree of cultural familiarity and closeness with colleagues. A related aspect is the challenge of fitting into the new organization. 
Change in your commute
Unless you live round the corner from your workplace, everybody hates the morning commute. But if you do it regularly, you’ll know the best time to be on the road, routes to beat traffic, etc. Any change in that routine will have a ripple effect on your life; however, in Gulf very few people seem to consider it as a factor in changing jobs.

Switching jobs could be best way to continue your professional development especially if you know when to move on. So it’s important you identify the fears that are holding you back and find a way to overcome them. 

Poll Results
  • Updating resumes and cover letters are a major obstacle for 35% employees polled.
  • 26% say the interview and quitting a familiar work environment are hurdles.
  • Commute change and notice are 4% and 9% respectively.
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