The best time to look for a job
Christmas may be the worst time for some people out of work but don’t despair.
Your luck may change sooner rather than later!
And that’s simply because, statistically, the first couple of months of the year are the best for job seeking - especially if you’re seeking long-term, full-time employment.
There are different reasons why January and February are in a strong hiring period for employers.
Most hiring managers get new hiring budget boosts while some companies put recruiting on hold during the festive period and then quickly discover that there is a backlog of hiring needed to keep the wheels in motion.
This ‘peak’ hiring season is also the period when company recruiters or managers are unlikely to be off on holiday - having already been on leave during Christmas.
In other words, the majority of people who can make the decisions on new recruits are back in the office.
And then of course we have the rejuvenated lift in spirit, outlook and confidence.
New Year’s Day is known for its surge of optimism in people, in both their personal and professional lives.
Situations that may have seemed somewhat insurmountable or lacklustre prior to Christmas can suddenly look a more welcoming challenge.
Most people have some time to relax during the Christmas break and this is good because jobseekers will be more confident.
At the same time, employers will be feeling more upbeat about changes within their companies.
But this doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll walk straight into your new job on the back-end of a New Year’s Eve bash!
Although January can be a happy hunting ground in the job market, it can also be a bit sluggish at times.
Some companies may need a bit of leeway to adjust the workflow having just returned from their holidays.
So you may want to consider actually sending in your CV towards the middle or end of January.
If you’re looking for work or a different career change, why not get your CV ready and start off the new year with a bang!