The Benefits to Starting a Job Search in December

10 mins min read

Often, December is a quieter month across the jobs market with many Hiring Managers slowing down recruitment drives and candidates pausing career development plans to the new year.

But that’s not always the case.

If you’re considering a new opportunity right now, why not act straight away?

It is a popular belief that job searching slows down and can be less effective during the festive period, but our team at CSG believe it’s the perfect time to consider your next career move. Typically, in December we experience a quieter period than throughout the year, however both this year and last, activity across the business and the wider market has remained consistent. Our clients have continued with recruitment activity in preparation for the new year and candidates have pushed forward with their job search in the run up to Christmas.

There are many benefits to starting your job search ahead of the new year, we explore some of them here:

Starting your job search in December: The Benefits

While you may not secure a new role for some weeks or even months, it’s beneficial to get a head start and begin planning to move your job search forward before the year ends.

By starting your job search in December you will;

  • Put yourself in a prime position for the new year, ahead of competition
  • Allow yourself the time to establish what you want from a new role
  • Have the time to build and enhance your CV, portfolio or online presence
  • Spend time engaging with the right recruiter for you and your market

Advice from our expert team at CSG

It’s important to maximise your opportunity to secure a new role in the near year and put yourself in the prime position to succeed in your job search. Our team highlight their top tips to ensure your job search is successful:

Plan and prepare

Before moving forward and considering new opportunities or engaging with a recruitment expert, ensure you know what you want to achieve. Think about your career goals, will this next move support your long-term career development or end career goals? Think about the opportunities you would be willing to consider in terms of roles, location, company size and culture, salary, benefits and all other important factors individual to you. Knowing all of this ahead of the process will help keep you focused and in line with your goals.

Be proactive

Stand out from the crowd and be proactive. With December being a quieter period across the jobs market with organisations and job seekers winding down, you will be in a prime position to put yourself forward and be visible in front of recruiters and hiring managers. By engaging with key people in an organisation, you will be in the best position for the new year for interviews or potential employment offers.

Flexibility

When it comes to the interview process, especially during the festive period where many will take annual leave and have other commitments, you need to demonstrate your flexibility. If you are open to meeting outside of office hours, or even changing the day at short notice, you will give the impression you are willing to go the extra mile and be flexible for the business. Meeting face to face may not always be possible dependent on the location of the role, or potential restrictions caused by Covid, so remote interviews and meetings will allow the recruitment process to move forward. Being prepared and confident to present yourself in remote situations is key to making a great impression to recruiters or potential employers.

Network and Personal Branding

Meeting with professionals in the industry, other influential figures or recruiters can be a great way to expand your network and make a great impression in person. Where networking is possible both in person or online, it can be a great way to increase your visibility to others in your field alongside the opportunity to build relationships. It’s also a great time to have impact across social media such as LinkedIn. Share relevant content to your network, encourage and engage in conversations and demonstrate your expertise and knowledge of the market.

Engage and partner with an expert

Engaging with an expert recruiter is a huge advantage to enable a successful job search. An excellent recruiter will take the time to fully understand your needs, wants and the driving factors motivating your job search. Having support and guidance from an expert who knows your specialist market in detail, has strong networks and knowledge of organisations within the sector you operate is a great asset to your job search. Working alongside a recruiter will save you time, accelerate the process and present opportunities to you that you may not have had exposure to elsewhere.

At CSG we are still actively supporting our clients with their growth plans for the end of 2021 and entering 2022, so if you’re looking to take on a new senior level role, please get in touch with a member of our team or check out our latest vacancies within the sector you work within.