Many of us will have made New Year resolutions, and many of those resolutions will be career focused. Break all the diet rules you want when your will weakens, but your career is far more important than making sure you get your money’s worth from that gym pass. If you’ve decided to make 2019 the year you shake up your career, then here’s why this is the perfect time to start making those changes.
Businesses Make Resolutions Too
Nobody starts a recruitment drive in the run up to Christmas and New Year, when minds are more focused on the office Christmas party than on filling vacancies. That means that come the first few weeks of January, February and March there will be a flurry of activity on the job sites, as HR departments resolve to start their recruitment drives. If you’d been feeling downhearted about the number of roles being advertised before the start of the year, prepare to fire off your CV left, right and centre in the first three months of 2019.
With few other things to distract them, HR departments and recruiters will be making a concerted effort to source the best candidates for the vacancies they have going. Make sure you read over and update your resuméand tailor each cover letter to the job you’re applying for, to ensure you stand out with every application.
Ride the Wave of Optimism
Everyone starts the New Year on a euphoric high, vowing this is the year they will get into shape, write that novel and become fluent in a foreign language. Riding that wave of optimism in both your personal and professional life really can make a difference, giving you the confidence you need to tackle the strenuous applications and the almost inevitable rejections.
If you’re feeling upbeat and confident that things will change for the better, that positivity often shines through during interviews. Happy, smiley and confident interviewees are more likely to run away with the prize, so harness that sense of optimism while it lasts and really push on with your job hunting even when you suffer knock-backs.
Register Interest Early
There are peaks and troughs in the recruitment calendar depending on the type of role you’re after. If you’re looking for a teaching job, for instance, then schools are unlikely to be hiring mid-term but may well be looking to take someone on following the Easter holidays. If you can register your interest early then you may not walk into a new job tomorrow, but you could be top of the list when a vacancy does crop up. The same goes for retailers, who may be looking for extra staff for the peak Easter or summer seasons when trade picks up.
The sooner you can send off speculative applications, the better. Even if there are no current vacancies at the company you’re interested in, take the New Year and your career resolutions as the impetus to register your interest. It may well pay off in a couple of months’ time.
The New Year is a time for fresh starts, and that goes for your career as well as your personal life. There’s never a ‘bad’ time to start job hunting, but the start of the year means a buoyant jobs market and dizzying levels of optimism, making it the perfect time to make the change.
Lizzie Exton writes for Inspiring Interns & Graduates, the UKs leading graduate recruitmentagency.