18 Dec 2017 | 09.57 am
Guest Blog: Eileen Moloney, Brightwater Group
December is a good month for job hunting
18 Dec 2017 | 09.57 am
Like promising to go to the gym every day or learn a new skill, so many people decide that the start of the New Year is the ideal time to look for a job. It’s easy to assume that employers down tools when it comes to hiring in December, but are you missing out on vital preparation time? In fact, if you wait until January, you risk facing the most competitive time of the year for job hunters.
Get a head start
Lots of people put their job hunting on hold until January simply because it’s the festive season. This means that there will be less competition for roles. Your application may not bear immediate fruit now, but could put you in pole position come January when they start shortlisting candidates.
The fiscal year ends on December 31 and many companies reduce hiring budgets for the following year if they’re not used up by the end of the year. While you don’t have to start your new job until the following year, you can have your job contracts signed, sealed and delivered before Christmas Day, just in time for you to relax and enjoy the festive season.
Dust off your CV
As the year winds down, you now have plenty of time to look over your CV and add in skills and experience that you’ve gained in the last 12 months. You also have plenty of time to polish up your personal branding on professional networking sites such as LinkedIn. However, before you decide to tender your resignation and begin the hunt for a new job, there are certainly a few things worth considering.
Are you really fed up of your job or simply your current employer?
If you’re fed up with your job, then getting a new but similar job will only mean that the problems will still be there. Perhaps instead of a kneejerk reaction and handing in your notice, take some time to think about the reasons why you don’t like your job. It’s important to be really honest with yourself, as that new job may require skills you haven’t got yet. Make a list of your weaknesses so that you know what you need to work on to improve.
If it’s a case of being fed up with your employer, then it’s definitely time to move. Look around the market and compile a target list of employers. Have a chat with your recruiter – they’ll help you narrow down your target list and will be able to give you a real insight into the employer’s culture.
Are you moving for a bigger salary?
If your sole motivation for moving is for a bigger salary, then you may be looking for another move sooner than you think. Money isn’t everything when it comes to job satisfaction, so make sure you’re happy with everything else i.e. expected hours, commute time, work-life balance and responsibilities.
+ Eileen Moloney is Head of Marketing with the recruitment consultancy Brightwater Group.