Perfectly timing a Job Search is a tricky business. With the usual recruitment peaks and troughs we observe throughout the year all out of balance, we expect to see more normality moving forward in the lead up to the end of the year.
Feeling undervalued with unmanageable workloads and lack of work-life balance are some of the most ordinary motivations that we hear from candidates throughout the year when starting a job Search. Still, there are plenty of other great reasons to seek a new job if you can’t excel in your current position, such as increased security, flexible working, opportunities to progress and many more.
But something which is less calculated than candidates motivations to seek a new role is the time of year to undertake their search. Active job seekers, particularly those working for more established city-centre firms, often find themselves too busy to prioritise their job search. All those warning signs halting your career progression tend to get brushed over and forgotten until they rear up and inconvenience once again. This is usually because good candidates don’t want to leave their employers in the lurch, so they wait until the perfect opportunity to conduct a job search when things are quieter.
One way to overcome this fear of letting down your employer who has helped you out throughout the years is to time your job search with the Christmas countdown. “Make myself even busier in the run-up to Christmas? Are you mad?” you might ask.
Christmas is a time of year where businesses reset for the year ahead, and workloads naturally draw to a close, making it an ideal opportunity to jump ship. Almost all companies take a break over Christmas, particularly SMEs. Recruitment figures show a seasonal spike in applications in the period between Christmas and the first week of January year-on-year. During this time, it highlights there is a high motivation for a fresh start, but beginning your job search at the end of December means you may not be interviewing until January or February, and starting in a new role until about March onwards. By this time, workload with your current employer will likely be in full swing again.
Deciding to start your job search in October and November, puts you in good stead to secure a position ready for the new year and enjoy your time between Christmas and New Year, rather than searching for a new role.
Businesses have undergone an immense digital transformation as a result of lockdown, meaning that opportunities to interview remotely are more common than ever, making the job-searching process less time-consuming and expensive to travel than ever before.
If Christmas isn’t the right time for you to time your job search, be proactive and think about when is the right time for you. Often we hear of how people have underestimated the duration of their job search from start to finish. Diarise time and set goals for your job search as you would any other major project and don’t forget the required preparatory steps to achieve success: updating and tweaking your CV, researching opportunities, companies and market averages, selecting the right recruiters and more. Another time of year we notice a spike in applications is towards the end of the Summer when people return from holidays, so perhaps starting your job search around April or May could be the next best opportunity to begin your search. Our overriding aim of this post is to help you consider the benefits of beginning your Job Search Ahead of many other job seekers out there so that you can start a new role, whether now or in the New Year. Commence a new role feeling refreshed from a break and leave your current employer at a time when workload typically quietens down.
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