December doesn’t only provide us with Christmas spirit and mulled wine, it also provides ready-made excuses not to start looking for a new job, ‘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 get my Christmas bonus’….‘I want to go to the Christmas party’….‘I have no holiday left to take time off to interview’. Just to name a few.
There are so many ready-made excuses available for why not to start looking for a new job at this time of the year, but why wait?
‘New year, new me’ is a load of rubbish.
Look back at all the New Year’s Resolutions you would have made over the years and see how many you have actually stuck to. If I’d have stuck to all of mine now I’d be a guitar playing, rock climbing, muscular bloke who calls home more often, but I’m not. What effect does the year changing from 2017 to 2018 really have on your career? If you want to change jobs, start now.
Why look in December?
Take advantage of the boom
Typically, companies generally roll out their annual strategy at the start of the year, or at least review their budgets and hiring plans for the coming year in January. In turn, this creates a boom in job opportunities. Great news!
Beat the crowds
52% of people aged 16-24 look for a new job in the New Year with 32% of all Brits hoping to find a new job in January. The easy thing to do is wait until after Christmas but one trait all employers look for is proactivity, so starting your search now will not only allow you to beat the crowds but will also display a highly desirable personal trait.
It can be a lengthy process
If you’re looking for a new position, it can sometimes take a while. If you’ve decided already you want a new job in the new year, start now! Let’s quickly break down the standard recruitment process. Write your CV, search for jobs, apply for jobs, meet recruiter(s), 1st interview, 2nd interview, maybe a third interview, company makes decision, company makes an offer, you accept the offer, hand your notice in, work your notice period, then you start your new position. Point made? Do not kid yourself if you decide over Christmas/New Year that you want a new job that it will happen overnight. It is something which you need to commit to (which means ensuring you’re making the decision to change jobs for the right reasons).
What can you actually do in December?
Do the fundamentals
At the start of any job search you must establish:
Write your CV
This is the time-consuming part. CV writing holds up so many people in their job search. As December is a quiet month, take advantage of this and write your CV.
Sign up with a Recruiter
Signing up with the right Recruitment Consultant will add immensely to your job search. Ensure they completely understand what it is you do and where you want to go with your career.
A good recruiter will be privy to conversations about strategic hiring within their client’s businesses, so through them, you will have access to exclusive opportunities which are not being advertised to the wider public. Take advantage of this!
They will know the market, understand their clients, help you establish your fundamentals and will become a pillar of support in your job. Make sure you are at the top of their thoughts for both the roles they have available now, but also for the influx of new positions in January.
December job searching makes sense
Take these simple steps and you won’t have to miss your bonus, the Christmas party, use any holiday days or wait until you’ve made a New Year’s Resolution to secure your new job in January. Act now!
If you want to put yourself in pole position for a new role and find a recruiter to support you on your journey, get in touch today.