2018 is just around the corner. When it comes to careers, the New Year isn’t just a starting point in the next years calendar, it is a time for reflection and for some people a chance to make a change to their lives to make the rest of the year even greater than the last. And when it comes to your career, January really can be one of the best times to look for a new job. There are two reasons for this. First, the job market winds down in December as employers switch off for Christmas and pick everything back up again in January. Secondly planning is signed off and companies need fresh staff to help deliver what they have agreed to.
So, if you’re looking for a new job, either because you have the itch to stay in the same sector but believe you would be better off working somewhere else or – and this is the harder option – you want a new job within a new sector now is the time to get your ducks in a row and start planning your move. After all, the economy is booming, and unemployment is at an all-time low in the UK, so companies are seeing high numbers of staff leaving – and will be more inclined to take a chance on good people who come from less conventional backgrounds.
Some sectors have long term demand therefore job hunting in January has no further benefits to any other time of year. For example, demand for teaching and jobs within the education sector don’t vary - children will always need to be taught. The same applies for medicine, people always need to be cured even if the winter months are tougher on people’s health. There are however some sectors which you will benefit from looking for work in the first part of the year. PR and marketing is one of them as this kinds of role lend themselves to plans which tent to kick off in the new year and brands need people to execute what has been agreed.
Here are our top tips as to how to get placed in your dream role this January, whatever your sector of interest:
Never underestimate how long it can take to write your CV. It is a tricky document, and no one can sell you better than well… you. Allow time to work on this document, make sure it is the best it can possible and keep things objective, this document should be factual and not emotive.
Early bird catches the worm
Don’t leave it until the 2nd of January to apply for roles. Now is the perfect time to start looking at where you would like to work and where you can, network. Attend those Christmas drinks with a colleague who works in the sector you want to be in and meet their colleagues to find out the pros and cons of the industry you long to work in.
References at the ready
If you are really serious about a job move, then make sure you have someone who can reference you on hand for when the interview process is further down the line. The more senior they are and the more similar the industry is that they work in to the one you want to join the more valuable their comments about you will be to your new employer.