Monster Poll Reports Majority of Workers Worldwide Willing to Take a Pay Cut for their ''Dream Job'' : Seventy-Six Percent of Respondents in North America and Europe Would Accept Less Pay for the Job of their Dreams

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Similar to their European counterparts, most workers in the U.S. would take a pay cut if it meant landing the job of their dreams. Eighty-two percent of U.S. workers and 76 percent of workers worldwide would pursue their dream job even if it meant taking a reduction in pay, according to a global poll conducted by Monster® that asked, “Would you take a pay cut for the job of your dreams?” Monster is the leading global online careers and recruitment resource and flagship brand of Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ: MNST).

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It's interesting to note that despite some notions of a skittish economy, U.S. workers are still willing to be compensated less for a job that they are really passionate about.

"We see a general consensus among workers around the globe that people are open to pursuing more fulfilling careers, not just a fuller wallet," said Norma Gaffin, director of career content, Monster. "It's interesting to note that despite some notions of a skittish economy, U.S. workers are still willing to be compensated less for a job that they are really passionate about."

Overall Desire for Job Satisfaction

Of the 19 countries polled in North America and Europe, 76 percent of respondents would take a pay cut if given a chance to work their dream job. Workers in Ireland topped the charts, with 84 percent willing to sacrifice compensation for increased job satisfaction. Workers in the U.S., Switzerland and Italy are not far behind – 82 percent of their respective respondent pools value workplace satisfaction over maximum compensation.

Some Apprehension Abroad

While most workers polled are willing to take a drop in pay for the job of their dreams, workers in Germany, France and Hungary are the most cautious. Thirty-four percent of workers in France and 27 percent of workers in Germany are not willing to sacrifice pay for ultimate job satisfaction. Workers in Hungary are least willing to take a cut in pay, with 38 percent answering, "No."

For workers worldwide who might consider taking the next step to a new, more fulfilling career, Monster offers the following re-careering tips:

Do Some Serious Research – Career changers should request informational interviews, network with people already in the field and conduct online research to ensure a new career is right for them. Update and Rework the Resume – A worker's resume should be updated to reflect skill sets that apply to the new career. Be Honest – A worker should not de-emphasize their transition from one career to the other. This is a great opportunity for job seekers to emphasize the passion driving the desire to change and negate any doubts a potential employer may have. Develop a Network of Support – Career changers should talk to friends, family and colleagues about their decision. Not only will they provide support, they could also connect the seeker with unadvertised job opportunities in their dream field.

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