If you are thinking about trying to find a new job, what time of day is best for you to search for your potential new position?
According to a new survey conducted by Reed.co.uk, one of the UK’s top employment websites, the search for a new job is often carried out during lunch breaks while employees are at their desks in their current job; in fact, one-quarter of the British working population have admitted to regularly searching for their next potential employment opportunity.
Lunch breaks provide the perfect opportunity to browse through the available positions; however, some employees may be wary of getting caught. It turns out that there is a marked difference in the job-hunting habits of different age groups.
Younger employees are the most likely to apply for jobs while sitting at their desk, with around one-third of those surveyed between the ages of 22 and 35 saying that they will use their lunch breaks in a typical working day to browse the available positions. This is in comparison with 22 per cent of the respondents of all ages searching at this time. Older employees tend to conduct their job searches after they have left the office, with over half of the over-55s searching after hours (58 per cent).
The differing habits of British workers may be attributed to different technological usages; for example, younger generations are more likely to use their smartphone when looking for information, meaning they have access to thousands of potential job options at their fingertips.
Of those surveyed, the under-35 group was most likely to search online using a smartphone. 43 per cent of this age group browse jobs on their phones, compared with only 13 per cent of those over 50. Younger workers will be able to visit job sites such as reed.co.uk without having to slyly search online at their desktop computer, avoiding the risk of being caught red-handed by their current employer.
Why is job-hunting so common? When asked for the reason for their regular searches, the employees gave various reasons; for example, 41 per cent of employees cited the desire for a better salary, 31 per cent claimed they were looking for a fresh start, 23 per cent were looking for a better company to work for, and more than 25 per cent browsed simply to see what was available.
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