Why you should continue your job search in December

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With Christmas just around the corner, many people would consider it best to pause their job hunt and focus on turkey and trimmings.  But don’t write off December too quickly, there are many reasons why it’s still worthwhile continuing your search for a new role.

1. There are still jobs out there – just because it’s December and Christmas is on its way, it doesn’t mean everything comes to a standstill. In fact, there are still plenty of jobs out there and organisations looking to recruit.

2. Less competition – while not as noticeable as within the retail sector,  there are seasonal peaks and dips where more people are on the market for a new role. January being one of the busiest times. By looking in December, not only will you have less competition for roles, but you’ll also be ahead of all those January job seekers.

3. The pressure to wrap everything up before Christmas – there is nothing like an impending break from the office to put the pressure on to get everything signed, sealed and delivered. This is definitely the case at Christmas, with candidates potentially out of the office and unreachable for 2 weeks getting those interviews done and offers out in December, means that new starters could potentially be in place by mid-late Jan.

4. Networking a-plenty – whether it’s drinks, dinner or a coffee, December is certainly a social time. Take advantage of this and use these more informal gatherings to network your way to your next job. Often the best way to find a new role is via your extended network. So don’t be afraid to talk a little bit of shop at any festive gatherings.

Take a break over Christmas if you like, but don’t assume that you can’t get a new job in December. Keep applying, interviewing and networking until the minute you accept a new position. Don’t let these last weeks of the year go to waste!

‘Why December is a great time to look for a new job…’ was written by Ian Gooden, CEO Chiumento Group. If you like what you’ve read why not follow us on LinkedIn and read all our future advice and musings on the world of work.

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