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National Job Hunting Day: Why January is the best month to look for a new job

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The Christmas period is finally over and it’s a brand new year. You’ve probably racked up a selection of New Year’s Resolutions and your motivation is at an all time high – so what better time to get on the job hunt than National Job Hunting Day!

Where do you start?

New year equals new you, so it’s a good time to get into a positive psychological mindset and make a start on your job search. Doing this at the beginning of the year will allow you to begin your search with fresh eyes.

Look at the previous year and assess your skills. Which ones have you developed and figure out whether you have gained any new ones. Understanding your skillset and whether or not they are transferable will give you a good idea of the kinds of jobs you should be looking for.

Update your CV

Updating your CV is a great way to keep track of where you are up to in terms of your progression and skillset. This is a crucial factor for employers and after all, your CV is a chance to make yourself stand out from the rest of the competition.
Key areas of your CV include:

  • Personal information
  • Skills
  • Employment history
  • Qualifications
  • Work experience

A new year equals new budgets

Each industry will vary but generally January and February are the best months overall. Many job vacancy deadlines will be set for the end of January to give candidates time to get back into the swing of things after the Christmas break.

New budgets are often distributed in January so candidates are at a better advantage when it comes to job hunting. New budgets results in more vacancies and a greater chance of getting hired.

More time for employers to look through CVs

Employers have a clearer mindset at this time of year because they are less likely going to be bogged down with deadlines and projects. Instead they have settled back into their jobs after a well-deserved rest meaning your CV has more chance of impressing them.

The fact that so many people choose this month to search for a new job does mean that the competition is far greater, but it’s better to be a part of the crowd when the market is thriving than not be in it at all.

Employers have goals too

Employers are also feeling motivational during this time and will generally be more eager to see what kind of talent is out there. Strike while the iron is hot and begin applying for roles around this time when employers are feeling positive, determined and more likely to give your CV a lookover.

Employers also understand that a lot of companies offer their colleagues bonuses over the Christmas period and so employees are more likely to wait for the festive period to end before beginning their job search.

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