For most people, this time of year means seeing loved ones, attending holiday parties and traveling; but for others December symbolizes an opportunity to get a fresh start in their career. Whether you’re leaving your job because you aren’t getting along with management or it isn’t challenging you anymore, the end of the year may be the perfect time to do something about it. As competitive as the job market is, it’s important to put yourself in the best position to win. Most corporate job postings receive over 200 resumes but only 4 in 6 of applicants will even be called for an interview.
Being vigilant about your job search during winter months is the best time to do so, but what makes it the perfect time to seek out a new gig?
1. More opportunities – The end of the year is usually when departments come to conclusions on what their needs will be for the upcoming year and began to seek out candidates. The New Year also a fresh start at many companies so this will be the time when HR managers will be actively seeking new talent to fill roles. Also, the budgets are already set for the new year which means not only do they have motive to hire new people, but the money to do so as well.
2. Less competition – During the end of the year, everyone is more concerned about their PTO (paid time off), than current career goals. Most people aren’t thinking about applying for new jobs because this is usually the time of year when people take a break from their search to relax and focus on family. Just because it’s the holidays, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t keep up with the hiring managers to follow up about your applications. This is the time when you are more likely to stand out from the crowd because there aren’t so many applicants and you’re staying in touch.
3. More networking opportunities – With the holidays comes a lot of gathering, office parties and networking events to attend. A lot of professional organizations are also having events for members around this time and is a great time to meet some new people. The holidays can also give you a great excuse to reach out to someone who you haven’t spoken to in a while; and since people are in better moods, it’s more likely that if you’re asking for something that you’ll receive it.
The three things that matter the most to millennials when job hunting are growth opportunities, retirement benefits and work culture – if one of these aren’t being chances are you’ll be looking for new opportunities. Another thing that can give you a leg up with the competition is using social media to search for jobs. Since most social media users won’t be using their time to search company feeds besides sales and deals, any job postings may be overlooked. Don’t wait until everyone is focused on their career goals and New Year’s resolutions in January to embark on your next journey.