Sunday 26 January 2020

Are you among the 24pc of people doing this to secure your job?

One in four workers have amended their social media status to secure their current job
One in four workers have amended their social media status to secure their current job
Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

Approximately one in four workers have amended their social media status to secure their current job, highlighting the impact people feel social media can have on their job prospects.

Breaking down the information further, 12pc of those surveyed have changed their profile picture on social media, while 6pc took the time to delete selected posts in order to secure their job, according to a survey carried out by Irish recruitment firm Matrix.

Further highlighting the lengths people will go to in order to secure what they believe is their "dream job," two in three people surveyed said that they would be happy to miss out on a personal event such as a wedding or funeral to attend an interview for their perfect job.

Of those surveyed, women were more prepared to take a pay cut for a role with a high level of job satisfaction, with almost two thirds of women saying they would be willing to do this, compared with roughly one in two men.

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Despite sacrifices employees are willing to make to their social media platforms in order to improve their job prospects, the survey found that just over one in ten Irish people are actually in their "dream job".

Part of this may be due to the fact that little time is being spent preparing for interviews and researching or preparing for their current job.

Fewer than one in three people surveyed said that they spent just one hour updating their CV, while only 22pc of those surveyed said that they spent less than one hour researching before their interview.

"It’s possible that candidates who don’t spend much time researching a potential employer or industry take jobs that don’t offer them long-term job satisfaction," Kieran McKeown, of Matrix, said.

"If you join the dots, this could well be a reason why 88pc of people say that they aren’t in their dream job," Mr McKeown said.

Interestingly the majority of younger people surveyed believe that the dream job does not exist.

According to Matrix, the concept of a 'job for life' or the perfect role isn’t a priority for Millennials and Generation Z, as they pursue careers that "combine their creative and professional passions regardless of traditional employment norms".


Up-skilling is continuing to be popular among employees, and the research by Matrix backs this up, with three quarters of 45-55 year olds surveyed saying that they were willing to return to college to re-train for a role with greater job satisfaction.

"We anticipated that people in their 20’s and even 30’s might be willing to re-train to land the perfect job, but it was interesting to see such high figures in the older age groups, particularly given the temporary loss of earnings and overall time it would take," Mr McKeown said.

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