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Blue Monday, Massive Monday, Career-Crossroads Day - yes, it's January

21/01/2019

Hot on the heels of Massive Monday and Career-Crossroads Day comes Blue Monday, an annual trend that labels the third Monday in January as the ‘most depressing’ day of the year.

Massive Monday, the first Monday after New Year’s Day, has long been recognised in the recruitment world as the day when many people kick off their search for a new job.

This is closely followed by Career-Crossroads Day which bookends the Massive Monday week, this year falling on 11th and 7th January respectively.

According to research by Arden University, almost half (46%) of the UK's working population is likely to re-evaluate their career mid-January. While their research highlights a number of reasons for potentially leaving a job including low salaries (34%) and stated lack of recognition ((26%), ditching the job doesn't always end up improving the situation or creating job satisfaction with almost 4 out 10 (39%) admitting this.

Worryingly, the research also shows close to a third (30%) citing too much stress within their current role as a driver for their search for a new job.

Perhaps this is one of the reasons why Blue Monday has come under criticism from mental health charities who have dismissed it as ‘pseudoscience’, ‘nonsense’ and ‘absurd’. Rethink Mental Illness, said: ‘The science behind Blue Monday doesn’t add up. There’s no such thing as the most depressing day of the year. It was invented as a marketing ploy to sell holidays, and people live with depression all year round.’

Mental health and stress at work are clearly serious issues that require professional help and support.

As for joining the 46% that are re-evaluating their career option this January, it might be worth asking yourself this question: would I apply for and accept this role on any other day or month of the year? If the answer is ‘yes’ start tailoring that CV now!

#BlueMonday #MassiveMonday # CareerCrossroadsDay #NewYearNewYou

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