New year, new job
The clock striking midnight on New Year’s Eve marks a fresh start for many of us, and signals the time for changes that we intend to make in the year ahead.
This can lead to any number of changes in our personal lives, such as getting fit or starting a new hobby – and, for a large percentage of us, this time means a change in workplace, career or industry.
Most recruitment agencies confirm that job searches ramp up significantly once January arrives. Typically, many of the biggest days for searches on global jobs websites fall in January. Data from global jobs site Indeed finds that in Canada, Germany, France and the US, the amount of job postings jumps significantly from December to January.
While December only accounts for 7.2% of yearly postings in the UK, for example, January is responsible for 9.4% of yearly postings.
Chris Willsher, senior regional director at Reed, says: ‘A new year often marks the time businesses look internally and plan for the following financial year.
‘This means budgets will be looked at, including how much money they can allocate towards expanding, which will, in turn, lead to recruiting new staff. This is one of the reasons why looking for a new job in the new year is ideal.
‘January, in general, is a busy period for recruiting. This is not just because more jobs are on the market, but also because people are looking forward to the year ahead and the changes they want to make.
Often, this comes back to looking at personal goals and, for some, this means they need a new job to achieve them.
‘It is one of the best times for reflection, and while you can sit down and consider your personal goals at any time of the year, the new year marks a good time to do it, especially when businesses are actively searching.’
To get the process started, it is vital to spend some time making sure your CV is up to date.
Although you will tailor it to each role you apply for, having the basics covered – for example, formatting, layout, and your most recent work history/skills – will make this process much easier.
Remember that searching for a job can be a time consuming task, so get organised from the outset. Instead of putting all your faith into one vacancy or waiting around to get a call back, try to keep your search moving. New jobs are posted every day, and submitting an application quickly is vital if you want to beat the competition.
Set aside some time for a quick check-in to job sites, employer websites and social media pages every day to make sure you stay in the loop.
Author: Alex Miller, writer
This article was first published in Student Accountant in January 2022