January and February Is the Best Time for Job Hunting
The New Year always brings new goals, dreams and intentions. As well as hope for new beginnings. When it comes to recruitment, the end of the year is usually less active, while the beginning of the new year is the complete opposite. And just like the New Year's resolutions made at this time, organizations are gaining momentum. Therefore, January and February are considered to be the most suitable recruitment periods throughout the year.
At the end of the year, companies are wrapping up and budgets may be maxed out. However, once the new year starts, the new budget is in place and companies are ready to move forward. Companies launch new projects and initiatives, strategic plans and budgets are drawn up. And the company's new plans require additional staff. Therefore, if a new job is what you want in the new year, you may want to start preparing now.
How to prepare for a job search?
Look back on this past year and note down your key accomplishments, as well as any activities you engaged in or praise you received. It is also a great time to look ahead and set goals for the new year, to think about skills that you might want to invest in learning to take you where you want to go in your career.
- Prepare your LinkedIn profile
Recruiters and potential employers will look at your LinkedIn profile, so make sure it aligns with your resume and is complete so that it appears in search results. Use LinkedIn and professional organizations to start networking with people in your industry. Compile a list of references and personal recommendation letters before you start sending out your resume. One that says unemployed or actively seeking opportunities won’t spark anyone’s imagination. Another important thing is defining and describing what you do, what you’re looking for, and the value you can bring to the organization.
- Update your resume
Before you read your resume, make a list of your five to 10 top career achievements. Compare that to what is actually what is on your document. Also, look to see how any of your descriptions have changed and if any new vocabulary is now used to describe your roles. Think about what sets you apart and makes you an amazing asset for an organization. Make a list and start practicing how to get that across. This is particularly important for women, who have been taught not to brag. Simply because being comfortable with who you are and what you achieved is different than bragging.
There might be seasons or months when it's easier to find a job, but the best time to look for a new position is continual until you find the perfect fit. The best time is always right now, so keep searching. Maintain momentum, continue looking, and don't give up until you land a coveted offer - the right opportunity is just waiting for you to pursue it!