December is a month often marked by networking and reviewing budgets, so it’s easy to assume it isn’t the best time of year to search for a new job. But those factors, among other reasons, are exactly why you should start your search now instead of waiting until the new year. Here are five reasons to start your search now:
1. Start conversations for 2018 opportunities
Having conversations in December will put you ahead of those on holiday and front of mind to hiring managers looking to hire early for new starters to commence in the new year.
2. Planning for next year
As the end of year approaches, plans for 2018 are completed with employers looking next to how they will resource new projects. It is the time to reconnect on conversations you may have previously had throughout the year with recruiters, hiring managers and within your network to remind them you are on the search.
Alongside planning, many organisations have approved budgets for 2018 so will be looking to hire and fill new headcount.Many employers begin the hiring process in December in order to be ready to hire come the new year.
4. Holiday networking
December is filled with holiday parties and events, which makes it the perfect time of year to network and meet new people. It is much easier to have a friend introduce you to spark new conversations and potential new connections.
5. Rebrand yourself
If you are just getting started with your job search, use December to rebrand your CV and LinkedIn.
Use this time to tailor your cover letter and update your CV to highlight certain skills specific to the types of roles you are looking to apply for. Ensure your LinkedIn is up to date and reflects your CV as many hiring managers and recruiters will look online to your profile.
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