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Looking Ahead To 2020

5th December 2019

Looking Ahead To 2020

It’s the first week of the final month of the decade.  In just 27 days, countless numbers of us will be waking up with sore heads. And for many, the new decade with bring about a fresh start.

Research tells us that January and February are the best time of the year to look for jobs. So how can you prepare for a job search in early 2020?

 

Why are January and February busier?

There are a few reasons for this.

Firstly, many people decide a new year is a good time for a fresh start and a new job. This, in turn opens their jobs up for a replacement and so creates a cycle of people changing jobs.

Also, many businesses know their budgets better ahead of the new financial year. This can lead to businesses creating new roles within the company and can lead to new opportunities. Whilst political uncertainty and the continuation of the recruitment slowdown of 2019 may hamper this slightly, many companies are still likely to be busy.

Whilst the beginning of the year is usually busy, the end of it is much slower. Very few people look to change jobs in the run up to the Christmas period, due to the busy and costly nature of it. This means you often get a build up of job seekers fresh and ready for the new year.

How can you prepare?

Firstly, think carefully about what it is you want to do. Are you looking for a move up the ladder? Of just a change of scenery? You may even be looking for a complete career change. Carefully consider where and what it is you want to do.

Start now! Refresh your CV in preparation. Make sure it is up to date in terms of your experience, skills and qualifications. Ensure your contact details are correct and check it thoroughly for any mistakes. Then check it again. Then get someone else to check it. Seeing mistakes in your CV will put employers off, displaying a lack of attention to detail and accuracy.

Get your CV uploaded to job boards. Upload it to Indeed, CV Library, Reed, TotalJobs – the lot. Getting it out there allows you to be found by recruiters. Remember that 70-80% of jobs aren’t advertised, so having your CV online will allow for you to be found. It would also be good to send your CV to a few local, and/or specific, recruitment agencies. Let them know your plans, what you are looking for and where, your salary expectations and your notice period. You can do this before Christmas, to get yourself in there early. It would also be wise to follow this up in January with an email, reminding the recruiter that you are still looking.

Let’s Go!

It’s a new year and a new decade. What better time for a new start?

Contact us today to let us know that you’re looking, and we will be in touch about opportunities!

 

 

 

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