What the Year of the Monkey has in store for job seekers and recruiters

Feb 08 2016 - By Kaitlin Dunning

The Chinese lunar year begins today and will last until 27 January, 2017.

Each Chinese New Year is characterized by one of 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. These are the  rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig.

What Chinese zodiac sign are you? That depends on when you were born!

  • Rat: 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960
  • Ox: 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961
  • Tiger: 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962
  • Rabbit: 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963
  • Dragon: 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964
  • Snake: 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965
  • Horse: 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966
  • Sheep: 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967
  • Monkey: 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968
  • Rooster: 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969
  • Dog: 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970
  • Pig: 2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971


The Year of the Monkey is believed to be one of the most unlucky years in the Chinese calendar, but fret not! There is hope...those born in the Year of the Monkey are known for being curious, innovative, mischievous, lively, and quick-witted.

What this means for job seekers: 

If you are a Monkey, be sure to highlight your strengths of being sociable, innovative, enthusiastic, and self-assured. Get out there and be sociable at career networking events. Test your innovative instincts and give your CV a makeover. Perhaps there is a creative way you can apply for that next job? Do it! During your interview, ensure that you are enthusiastic about the role, and you will radiate with self-confidence.

Be careful to curb your weaknesses of being suspicious, cunning, selfish, arrogant, and jealous. Try to be a bit more trusting of job descriptions, and do not fib on your CV! Whilst it is good to be confident, avoid coming off as too arrogant or self-absorbed. When completing team work, be sure to lift your teammates up, rather than being jealous of their successes.

Not sure what to wear on your next interview? White, gold, and blue are your lucky colors, and your lucky numbers are 1, 7, 8.

Feeling lucky and productive today? Check out our careers page for your next career change!

What this means for recruiters:


As a Monkey recruiter, you thrive on social interactions and can easily get a candidate excited for a role through your naturally enthusiastic nature. Use you innovation skills to try a new recruitment method...step away from the job boards for a bit! It is important to vet certain candidates with caution, but overall you should trust your instincts and attempt to be less suspicious.

Candidates can easily be turned off by arrogance, so ensure that you listen  to what they have to say, as their recruitment experience should be catered towards them and their personal needs, not yours. Do your best to not get green-eyed over high-performing colleagues, and help each other out instead. Always remember that you have power over a candidate's future through their employment, and use this power wisely and do what is best for the candidate and client in the long run.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  新年好 / 新年好

*Disclaimer: Whilst Cititec are not experts at zodiac horoscopes, we are the experts at recruiting the best technology professionals. Looking for a change? Get in touch!

Kaitlin Dunning

Kaitlin Dunning

Marketing Manager of Cititec


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