Our Guide to Getting a New Job Over Christmas

The run up to Christmas at work can either go one of two ways: it’s either a mad rush to tie up projects before the big day, stressful but it goes by in a flash, or it’s a painstakingly slow slog where you feel a bit like you’re in limbo with nothing to do. If you’re finding yourself part of the latter, why not put the time to better use and reflect on your prospects for the coming year.

Getting a new job might be the last thing on your mind but if the thought of sticking it out for another year in your current role doesn’t exactly fill you with joy –it’s probably time to move on to pastures new. And what better time to give yourself the gift of opportunity than the festive season?

As you probably know, January is a prime time for hiring and organisations will be fighting over themselves to bag the best people for 2019. Don’t let that put you off, even if you’ve only just decided to start doing something about it, your Christmas downtime is the perfect opportunity to boost your hire-ability.

Don’t get us wrong, the competition will be fierce for all those shiny new year positions, but follow our lead with these tips on getting a new job over Christmas and you’ll be in your dream role in no time.

The time is now

If you’re still not convinced that using your Christmas downtime to get a shiny new role is the best course of action, consider this.

Everyone else is winding down for Christmas in December, this gives you an advantage as you can jump ahead of the competition. Take it from us, recruiters will be working round the clock up until the big day to try and find the best people in the market for their clients – so your efforts will definitely get noticed.

Couple this with the fact that most businesses budget from January to January, meaning that many will splurge their remaining budget on hiring in December to avoid a nasty budget cut the following year, you really couldn’t pick a better time to work on bagging yourself that dream job. It’s not uncommon for businesses to actually plan a hiring drive in December as business needs tend to ease off over this period making it the perfect time to train newbies.

Identify your needs

It can be tough to know which roles to apply for, so you should really spend a good amount of time doing research on what’s desirable in your market right now – chances are things will have changed since you were last on the hunt for a new job. The best way to do this is to peruse job boards and have a look at the latest vacancies in your industry to see what they’re looking for and what’s on offer.

You need to ask yourself: what is it that’s making you want to change jobs? If you’ve got needs and goals that you’re unable to meet in your current position, note them down, these will form the basis of your job search. Next you’ll want to make a checklist split out into benefits or duties that are must-haves in your new role, and which ones are just “nice to haves”. This will help you to narrow down your search, because trust us there will be A LOT of vacancies out there come the new year.

If you find that, generally, you’re quite happy in your role and actually you’re just in need of a pay increase – it might be worth taking a look at our Guide to Salary Negotiation so you can get yourself a raise for 2019.

Give your CV some love

If you’ve been in the same role for some time, you’ve probably forgotten what your CV even looks like so you’ll definitely need to revisit this if you’re serious about getting a new job for 2019.

It can be hard to see the wood for the trees sometimes when it comes to penning down your current experience, if you’ve still got it to hand, you might want to revisit your employment contract and original job spec to see what you’ve achieved and how far you’ve come.

Don’t forget to keep it snappy! Generally speaking, you don’t want to exceed 2 sides of A4 so you might even want to remove some of your less relevant experience to make more room for the bits you want to shout about.

If you’re a bit stuck on what to do to make your CV stand out, you might want to check out our Guide to Writing the Perfect CV.

Keep your online profiles in check

Take it from us, employers WILL stalk your social media profiles to see what you’re all about. It’s a good idea to do a bit of an audit on yourself to make sure you’re putting out the right sort of message about yourself. This is particularly important if you’ve been in the same role for a while and have understandably stopped caring too much what other potential employers think of your social media presence.

If you don’t want anyone snooping on your personal profile, lock your settings down to private, but be sure to make your LinkedIn or personal portfolio website nice and visible. Try to ensure you mirror things you’ve highlighted in your CV in your role descriptions and introductory blurb.

Ask for help

If you’re really not too sure which direction to take or just need some advice on the best approach to take, why not ask for help from a recruiter who can help set the wheels in motion when it comes to getting a new job. We can almost guarantee you they’ll be delighted to help, and since you’re already here why not give our friendly team a call to see what we can do for you.

If your mind is made up and you’re ready to move on to bigger and better things, we’ve got some pointers on how to break the news gently with our guide on resigning the right way. Already way ahead of us? Check out our interview tips to make sure you land that new opportunity.

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Lauren Oakley

5th December

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