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All I want for Christmas is… a new job

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Have you been thinking of looking for a new job for some time? Now December is here and it seems like the year is running out! It would be very easy to sit back until the end of the year. There are after all, many excuses not to start a job search at this time of the year: ‘There are no jobs available in December’; ‘I’m going to start my job search in the New Year’; ‘It’s busy over Christmas’; ‘I have no holiday left to take time off to interview’. Just to name a few.

But why wait? If you want to change jobs, start now.

Why look in December? 

Many companies review their budgets and recruiting plans for the coming year ready to hit the ground running in January. In turn, this creates a boom in job opportunities.

Get ahead of the game! There is always a boost in the number of people starting job searches in the new year so competition becomes tougher. Don’t follow the crowd and wait until after Christmas, be proactive and start your search now. It will not only allow you to beat the crowds but will also display a highly desirable personal trait to potential employers.

If you’re looking for a new position, it can take a while. If you’ve decided already that you would like a new job for 2020, start looking now! If we break down the standard recruitment process, you can see how it can be a lengthy process. You need to write or update your CV, search for jobs, apply for jobs, meet recruiters, 1st interview, 2nd interview, company makes a decision, company makes you an offer, you accept the offer, hand your notice in, work your notice period, then you start your new position! As you can see, that is not a quick process and not one that will happen overnight so the sooner you start your search, the more likely it is that you will be starting a new job in the new year.

So what can you actually do in December?

At the start of any job search you must establish:

  • Why do I want to change jobs?
  • What do I want to get out of my next job?
  • What are my career goals?
  • Why would somebody want to hire me?
  • Am I being realistic about my salary expectations?

Once you have answered those questions, you need to write or update your CV which is a process that holds up so many candidates in their job search. As December is a quiet month, take advantage of this and work on your CV. We have some tips for you on our site:

Signing up with the right Recruitment Agency will add greatly to your job search. Ensure they completely understand what it is you do and where you want to go with your career.

Take these simple steps and start your job search today. If you want to put yourself in a great position for a new role and find a recruiter to support you on your journey, get in touch with us today.