January is a time for reflections and resolutions. You’ve probably made a couple of new year’s resolutions yourself: eat healthy, join a gym, or perhaps look for a new job? Have you been feeling bored or unappreciated at work, and decided that the grass is probably greener somewhere else? Well January is the perfect time to start your new transition. After all, a new year deserves a fresh start. Here are 3 reasons why January is the perfect time to look for that new job:
1. Lots of people are seeking new jobs in January.
Traditionally January is the time where many people seek new employment, whether they are looking for that pay rise, want a shorter commute, or need a new challenge. In fact most studies show that this is the busiest time of year for recruitment. Sure, there might be more competition in the job market at this time of year, but it also means there are a ton of vacancies left behind for the opportunistic job seeker.
2. Lots of companies are hiring in January.
If a company runs on a calendar year, chances are they will get a new yearly hiring budget in January or start some new projects, which means they are on the lookout for the perfect candidate to fill those newly created positions. They also want to start the new year on a strong note, and will push for someone who will meet their needs. Sure, this probably means that they will take their time with the recruiting process in order to find the right person, but if you are patient, that person could be you.
3. New year, new you.
Everyone feels a lot more motivated in January. That feeling of optimism for the new year ahead is stronger after a nice holiday and some down time. This means that you are ready to hit the ground running in January and put more effort into your job search, which ultimately increases your chances of getting your new job. And spoiler alert: this feeling of optimism and enthusiasm also applies to employers as well.
So, how do you take advantage of this opportunity? Update your resume, organise your references, brush up on your skill set, start researching the jobs out there, or begin a conversation with a recruiter. You can start taking steps to make positive changes for yourself right away!