Why would I look for a job at this time of year? 4 weeks before Christmas?!
November and December are arguably the two most stressful months of the year. Christmas is obviously the main thing – trying to dash around buying gifts for people in between working long hours, arranging childcare and not to mention the fact that transport becomes a nightmare because for some reason, us lot in the UK don’t seem to know how to handle cold weather properly yet..
So why on earth would I want to look for a job on top of all of this?! Well – you’d be surprised at how beneficial it could actually be.
Think about it – in the earlier months of the year, people tend to have more time on their hands. It’s much easier to take calls out of hours when there’s not a million other things on your mind and it’s a much nicer thought to commute to an interview in the sun rather than worrying you’ll turn up frozen solid. Problem is; everyone has the same thought process.
This means that if you’re looking for a job now, you’re in a much stronger position than you may think. People may think “well I have a four week notice so I may as well just start after Christmas now” or “they won’t be able to get me started before the New Year anyway”. Believe me when I tell you this is not always the case. Yes, this means you may have to juggle buying presents, hiding them from the kids, trying to arrange the Christmas Dinner etc etc – but your chances of securing a role are much better. People who are ‘passively’ looking will be waiting until 2020 which means there is a fantastic opportunity to take advantage and find your dream job.
I’m not going to sit here and say interviewing with companies is a nice, relaxing way to spend your festive period. However if you aren’t enjoying your current role or you’re really keen to move forwards in your career, now is the time to do it. I think people may be surprised at how many companies are still looking to hire at the same rate at this time of year.
You can get in touch with Jamie directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him on 0203 907 8468