Rumour has it that December is a bad month to look for a new job. It may be true that December can be slow. Companies take a while to get back to you regarding interviews and offers, HR managers can be putting off tasks until the following year and many people are on holiday, making the entire process inefficient. However, despite all that, the last two weeks of December can be an exciting time to start looking.
Here are a few reasons why.
- You have more time
Despite the Christmas frenzy happening in the outside world, December, and especially the last two weeks, can be quiet times in the workplace. This makes it the ideal time to focus on thinking about what you want to do next, rather than wait until January when everything picks up and starts getting hectic all over again.
- Companies needing specific skill sets are always on the lookout
This is especially relevant for companies who need specific technical skills. If you are a near-match, they will be interested, whatever time of year it is.
- Get ahead of the game
The general belief is that January is a time for change, so start now and get ahead of the game? Everyone will be looking for new jobs in January, so our advice is to get ahead of game and be the first CV on the pile.
If you have found a job listing which matches your skill set, send us your applications now to beat the January competition.
- You will come across as determined
Following from point 3, if you start to look in December not only will you be in the lead compared to the January applicants, you will also impress recruiters and companies with your determination. It’s easy to take December slow, but if you are one of those who doesn’t lose motivation and stays proactive, that will shine through.
- Start looking now for 2018 opportunities
It can take a while to get motivated when launching yourself into finding a new job. From re-writing your CV to finding the good jobs and practising interviews, it takes time.
On average, finding a new job usually takes just over six weeks. If you start thinking about changing now, you could be starting the year afresh with interviews and be placed in a new job by February.
If all you want for Christmas is a new job don’t fall in the December trap, start your New Year resolution early.