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Where's Your Dream Job?

Fuseworks Media
Fuseworks Media
Where's Your Dream Job?

One in two jobseekers would relocate overseas for their dream job, reveals a survey by specialist recruiter Hays.

61 percent of respondents said they would relocate overseas, 21 percent would accept a lower salary and 18 percent would retrain.

"These results demonstrate that in today's market candidates are far more flexible than during the recent period of skills shortages," said Jason Walker, Managing Director of Hays in New Zealand.

"It's easy when the economy is booming and your skills are in demand from multiple employers to take an uncompromising approach to your job search. However now there is increased competition for the best roles, candidates are more prepared to make concessions.

"This time last year most candidates would only consider a role if it was located within a certain radius of their home.

"However today candidates are acutely aware of the economic downturn and roles advertised are attracting a larger group of applicants who live not only a further commuting distance, but also in regional areas and international locations, demonstrating a willingness to make a huge commitment to secure their dream role.

"So today the importance of location has been replaced by the responsibilities and duties of the role. Salary has been replaced in importance by job stability, while the importance of job title has been replaced by a willingness to multi-skill or train in a new area to offer more value.

"A candidate prepared to demonstrate such measures is demonstrating a genuine enthusiasm for the role, and provided they have the appropriate skills, experience and cultural fit, they are a candidate likely to be retained long-term," he said.

To search job opportunities internationally, from Western Europe to the Caribbean, the Middle East to North America, Eastern Europe to Asia, visit Hays' international job board at and click International Jobs.

The survey, on, asked: "What would you be prepared to do for your dream job?" The full results were: Relocate overseas - 60.91% Accept a lower salary - 20.91% Retrain - 18.18%

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