Here’s why January could hold the key for your job search

Are you looking to start work in the New Year? Perhaps you are a graduate searching for your first role, or you’ve been job hunting for a while with no luck? 

Whatever your circumstances, winter is a great time to warm-up your job hunt. Resolutions are in the air, and January offers a number of exciting advantages for hopeful applicants.

Here’s why starting the year with a job search pays off, and how we can help:

Going Home for Christmas

Students and those living far from home may have been holding out until Christmas to leave their role for an extended break with family, leaving urgent job vacancies for in January. 

While Christmas is particularly busy in industries such as hospitality, some may also choose the festive period to leave because their roles are quiet, or it’s an opportunity to take a break in-between positions. 

New Year, New Opportunities

Many companies set their annual budgets and hiring plans for the upcoming year, which often includes new job openings. 

Lower Competition

The holiday season, particularly in December, can be a slower time for job hunting. There will usually be fewer applicants competing for positions in late December and early January, giving you a better chance to stand out.

Employers Actively Hiring

Hiring managers and recruiters typically return from holiday breaks in January and are more focused on recruiting. They may be actively looking to fill positions that were put on hold during the holidays.

Fresh Start 

Many people view the start of a new year as a fresh beginning, and this mindset can be applied to job searches. It’s an opportunity to set new career goals and target industries or positions that align with your aspirations.

Is January the best time to apply for a role? 

It’s worth noting that while January can be a good time to apply for jobs, the best time to apply can vary depending on the industry and location.

Opportunities can arise at any time, but the down time before Christmas can be used to perfect your CV and interview skills, choose a new path, and build you confidence in preparation for your January job search. 

We have a range of services to help you get job ready, whatever your circumstances. 

  • 1-2-1 Employability Drop-In
  • Interview Techniques
  • CV & Application Feedback
  • Confidence Building
  • Skills Audits

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