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STARR INSIGHTS: Should I bother looking for a job in the run up to Christmas?

By Robyn Harper

As the end of the year approaches and you’re uneasy in your job you might ask yourself the question: should I bother looking for a new job in the festive period?

Many people wrongly assume that all companies down tools as soon as December 1st hits and recruitment will not begin until the New Year does. This just isn’t true, this is actually a good time of year to carry on the job search and below will outline the reasons why.

Less competition

Most jobseekers will pause their job search in December and start again in January, thinking that more jobs will crop up in the New Year. Therefore, there is no better time to get ahead of the decreased competition by carrying on the hunt, increasing the festive networking and applying for all the jobs that are already out there and being newly released. Recruiters do not simply shut up shop on December 1st, if they have roles to be filled, they will still be searching and sourcing the candidates. With fewer people submitting applications, you have a stronger chance of getting an interview.

There is no better time than Christmas to network

As soon as the festive spirit begins, people start to go out a lot more. There are parties and events to attend and every one of them you attend gives you the opportunity to network. The more people that know you’re looking for a job, the better. You may well find your future boss/colleague whilst having a drink in December. Furthermore, the fact you’re dedicating time during December to job searching will impress recruiters and employers. It shows you’re dedicated and serious about the job search.

It will start the New Year on a positive note

January is a very common time of year to feel blue and the job hunt is very unlikely to lift your spirits, especially if the rejection emails are coming in. By beginning your search in December, there’s a high chance you’ll be starting a new job come January. A fresh start, new job and hopefully higher salary is the perfect way to begin a new year.

Therefore, there is no better time than the present to begin a job hunt and carry it on all through December into Christmas. There are just over five weeks to go…

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