2 November 2023

New Year, New Job- January is the Prime Month for Job Seeking

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Finding a new job can be challenging, but did you know that the first month of the year is the perfect time to kick-start your job search?

Why is the New Year the Best Time for Job Seeking?

January is a prime month for job hunting, with numerous factors working in your favour. In this blog, we’ll explore why January is such a favourable time for job hunting and provide some tips to help you make the most of this window of opportunity.

Now for the reasons why January could be the best time for you to search for a new job opportunity…

1. Companies have new budgets for hiring

As we roll into the new year, many companies have reset their hiring budgets, which means they have an allocation for new hires (if this is part of their growth strategy). This means they are actively looking to fill roles so that they can start the year off on the right foot. By getting ahead of the competition and submitting your application early in the year, you may increase your chances of being considered for these available positions.

2. Job listings increase- people have left their jobs in December

January is a peak time for companies to advertise jobs and an excellent period for job seekers to find new opportunities. Employers often create new positions or look to fill roles that were left open at the end of the previous year. By keeping a close eye on job postings during January, you may come across new openings that fit your skill set.

3. More jobs available

After the Christmas period, many job seekers put their job hunting efforts on hold, as they realise they just needed a break from their job and not a permanent move! This can be to your advantage. By staying active (job-seeking and in the gym- “new year, new me”) during the new year, you could be one of the few job seekers who are actively applying. The lower competition means that hiring managers might have more time to analyse your application thoroughly and increase your chances of landing an interview

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4. Performance reviews have been completed

Many employers conduct annual employee evaluations in December and January. During these evaluations, managers may identify areas where staff members need additional support or areas where new hires could fill gaps. By submitting your application in January, you may catch the attention of a company embarking on the hiring process to address these needs.

5. New year, new job- what better way to start the year off fresh?

“I’ll start on Monday”, what if January is just a big Monday? What better way to start the new year than with a new job? Many individuals tend to set career-oriented resolutions as they prepare to start the new year. This renewed focus on career development and growth can result in job seekers actively searching for new job opportunities.

Things to Take into Consideration When Job Searching

Be Patient

Recruiters and hiring managers have most likely been off over the festive period, so it’s going to take them some time to adjust to their routines and three hundred and seventy emails. Have patience, but stay alert to job postings that may be released towards the middle to end of January, once the initial outpour of applications has slowed down.

Be Personal

When applying for new job opportunities, it’s important to think about the content in your application and/or CV. Does your application only apply to you or could anyone use it? Personalise your CV and application so it is remembered by hiring managers and recruiters alike. Perhaps use a non-traditional CV, such as a video or a varied design from the usual templates on Google (which are helpful to start you off!).

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Be Prepared

Research, then research again! Don’t just check the company website, look up their social media (LinkedIn specifically!) and get a feel for their company culture. Look up their reviews on Glassdoor, this can open your eyes to how the employees (current and former) feel about working there. Prepare a list of questions you’d like to know the answers to before you get a job with them…

Things to Look Out for When Job Searching in the New Year

More Competition

As January is a prime job-hunting month, it means a lot of people could be looking for new job opportunities at the same time as you, creating more competition in the job market. This makes it trickier to gauge your angle when applying for a new job… You may be wondering if you should go for a stand-out CV or play it safe. We say, go all out! Invest time in your CV and application, and imagine the long-term goals.

Why Choose Us?

At ARM, we understand the significance of securing your dream job and the challenges that come with the job-seeking process. As a leading recruitment agency with years of experience, we stand out for several compelling reasons:

1. Expertise: Our team of seasoned recruiters possesses extensive knowledge across various industries and job sectors. We leverage this expertise to identify the best job opportunities tailored to your unique skills and preferences.

2. Personalised Guidance: We believe in forging strong connections with our candidates. Our personalised approach ensures that we understand your career aspirations, strengths, and areas for development, allowing us to guide you effectively through every step of the job search.

3. Vast Network: ARM has developed an extensive network of top employers and companies, giving you access to a diverse range of job openings. This network allows us to match you with employers that align with your professional goals.

4. Interview Preparation: Our dedication to your success goes beyond connecting you with job openings. We provide comprehensive interview preparation, offering valuable tips, insights, and mock interviews to boost your confidence and performance during the real interview.

5. Long-term Support: Our commitment to your career doesn’t end after you secure a job. We maintain long-term relationships with our candidates, ensuring ongoing support and assistance to help you excel in your chosen role.

6. Confidentiality: We understand the importance of privacy in job-seeking endeavours. Rest assured, all your personal information and job search details are treated with the utmost confidentiality and discretion.

Choosing ARM means entrusting your career goals to a dedicated team that will be with you every step of the way. Let us guide you towards a successful and rewarding professional journey.

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