By Claire West

According to a new survey by leading Media & Creative Recruitment Agency Yellow Cat Recruitment, it is easier to find a new job when you are unemployed as opposed to when you are in work.

The survey, completed by 100 randomly selected candidates who registered with Yellow Cat over the past 3 months, asked a variety of questions regarding their quest to find a new job.

The results go against the old cliché that it is easier to find a job when in a job. Of the 65 candidates who were out of work when they registered, 82 % had interviewed recently compared to only 51% of candidates who were job hunting whilst in a job.

Adam Richardson, Head of Communications at Yellow Cat believes that a change in employer’s attitudes goes some way to explaining these statistics:

“Although it is true to say that being in a job gives you the security required to be flexible about your job search, it is no longer such a large obstacle when it comes to finding a new position.

During the economic downturn many strong candidates were made redundant so therefore have valid and understandable reasons for being out of work. Because of this employers are no longer as sceptical about candidates who are not currently employed. Additionally, the lack of a notice period means that employers can get a vacancy filled quicker. “

Of the surveyed candidates who were currently in work 32% had attended one interview in the past month with 19% attending 2 or more. This is considerably lower than the 52% of unemployed candidates who had attended one interview and 30% who had attended 2 or more.

Although these stats suggest that leaving your job may help you find another one, Adam does not agree:

“If you are in a secure and stable job, stay in it. Being in work helps you keep in the loop when it comes to your industry and will make spotting future opportunities much easier. Your self confidence is also likely to be much stronger if you are not worrying about where your next pay check is going to come from which will allow you to perform to your highest level when you secure an interview. The last thing you want to do is come across as desperate.”

Interestingly, the Yellow Cat survey also revealed that the majority (86%) of job hunters who had attended interviews over the past month had found out about their jobs through an online job board. This compared to the 9% who had used local or trade press and the 5% who had heard through word of mouth.