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Don’t Just Christmas Shop… Job Shop!

Why Christmas is a great time of year to Job Hunt.

♫ ‘Tis the season to be Jolly♫ and whilst most of us are side-tracked by ‘Black Friday’ and other Christmas shopping challenges, those savvy amongst us are on the hunt…….the hunt for a new start, a new life, a new job!

♫Hark! the Herald Angel Sing ♫ – we hear you wail! What madness, insanity, tomfoolery could this be we speak of? Well nestle in next to ‘Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire’ and we will give you the scoop as to why its so important to get a flying start in the job race at this time of year.

“Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” No truer words spoken at this time of year as your competitors (yes, your competitors, as its one big competition) are often distracted by Christmas jingles, feeling the Festive vibe, and putting everything off until the New Year. We’ve all done it, we’re all guilty of it, but fight that urge to sit back and relax with the mince pies for just a few more days and beat the rush by applying now, when there IS less competition. Be a big fish in a small pond.

There are more opportunities and roles to choose from as vacancies become available thanks to people leaving roles early to enjoy a prolonged Christmas holiday. These leavers then often fall into the trap of swimming with lots more fishes in a much bigger pond during the January job search rush and rumpus.  Even if you simply submit an application in December, you’ll be ahead of the dawdlers.

Contrary to popular belief, companies do still search for talent throughout the Festive season and have hiring budget to spend before the end of the year.  Also, you’re more likely to get passed the ‘gate keepers’ and through to hiring managers as they juggle less people and are winding down for the holidays. Now is the time to strike!

Sharpen up your LinkedIn profile and shout your skills from the rooftops! There are more people/hirers trawling social media at this time of year to sell yourself to, so you will get more attention. Try doing a ‘capability post’ to highlight your skills and/or a ‘knowledge post’ offering free advice to others. You’re more likely to be seen during a quieter posting time.

Take advantage of the Festive Spirit and goodwill. Present yourself to your dream employer as they will have more time, and hopefully, feel-good factor, to give you a chance. They will also be more likely to remember you as the one who was knocking on the job door around Christmas, when and if you need to pick up communications again in the New Year. Standout, be different, be noticed.

So, if we’ve convinced you to look for a new job this Christmas, please get in touch with our team, as we never take our foot off the gas! Or if you’re an employer searching for new talent before the New Year, contact our dedicated consultants who will help you in your quest for quality candidates.

Expect more….all-year-round with RE Recruitment.

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