Why December is the Best Time to Job Search

Why December is the Best Time to Job Search

Posted on 12 December 2022

The new year is a time for fresh starts, new beginnings, and setting goals. What better way to start the new year off right than to start a new role?

There are a lot of great things about job hunting in December. For one, the Christmas wind-down gives you some extra time to focus on your job search. And, if you’re looking for a new job, getting a head start in December can help you get ahead of the January competition.

Plus, December is a great time to reflect on your career goals and set yourself up for success in the new year.

So, if you’re thinking about starting your job search, here are a few reasons why now is the best time to do it!

There's less competition for jobs

The holidays are a busy time for everyone. Most people are focused on spending time with family and friends, and they're not thinking about their careers. This means that there's less competition for jobs in December. So, if you apply for a job this month, you're more likely to get noticed.

You can make the most of party networking

The holidays are a great time to network. There are parties for just about every organisation - and they are usually full of decision-makers and influencers. Attend as many parties as you can, and use them as an opportunity to network and learn more about open roles.

Also, if you've just started a job in December, it's usually the best time for office small talk to get to know your coworkers!

You have time to reflect on your career goals

The end of the year is a natural time to reflect on your career. What did you accomplish this year? What do you want to achieve next year? Use this time to reflect on your goals, and think about how a new role can help you achieve them.

New year, new you? 

You're in a good mood!

Spirits are always high this time of year, and this positive mood can carry over into your job search. The holiday cheer is infectious and will make your search that much more enjoyable. You'll be more likely to network and go on interviews when you're in a good mood. So take advantage of the festive cheer, and use it to help you land your dream job.

Less likely to be thrown into the deep end

If you go through the hiring process to start a new job in January, you're less likely to get "thrown into the deep end" when you start, as everyone will be easing back into the flow after the Christmas break!

January is typically a slow month for business, so companies are more likely to have the time and resources to invest in training and onboarding new employees. So if you're considering a new job in the new year, keep the timing of the hiring process in mind - it could make all the difference in your first few months on the job.

If you’re looking for a new role, don’t wait! Start your December job search here.
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