Typical Recruitment convention dictates that December is always an awful time to start your job search
Employers roll down their windows until after the Christmas break and hiring managers tend to take their foot off the gas.
As far as recruitment goes, most agencies seem to slow down, the Christmas parties begin to loom and frankly everybody in the office has one eye on the extended break (which is gold-dust for any recruiter).
However, in my experience as a Recruiter, IT consultant and Sales Exec, I’ve concluded that December is far more lucrative for your search and that window is certainly not closed. Looking into the stats over the last 8 years, across 3 offices, 20+ vertical markets and over 50 consultants, shows us that interviews, job offers and concluded deals in December are significantly higher than what you might expect.
These are down to various factors:
You will have a significantly decreased amount of competition for every job you apply for. There are so many of your rivals slacking off for holidays that there will be far less applications for your CV to compete with.
You’ve got the chance to take your time through an application process during December and to prepare fully for interviews and technical tasks that can be completed without the usual looming stress cloud (I’m not talking AWS) over your computer.
On the flip side, your competition after the Christmas period will be up tenfold compared to your average recruitment drive, applications are almost doubled, interview slots fill up within hours and the time spent finding a new role increases by 33%
You will be noted down as somebody who is pro-active and not content with waiting till next month or after the holidays. The fact that you are active and passionate about making a move that will expand your career will not go unnoticed – I find clients are far more willing to attend after work interviews and interviews during lunch breaks as they are willing to show equal commitment to your application.
Networking in the holiday period is awesome! The amount of social events that occur with dinners and parties means you have a great chance to get involved with companies and get a real feel for the team you will be working with whilst also getting a great insight into your future working environment. It goes without saying; the festive period brings out the best in us. Nobody wants to be labeled a “scrooge”, start networking and start schmoozing today!
If you have a notice period, or even a 4 week notice period but would love a break in between roles, what better time to look than in December. Most companies will be happy with you joining after the Christmas break, they can keep you involved in festivities and then start physically working in January – Best of both worlds right?
All in all, December is a far more lucrative chance to search for a job and what better feeling to have than eating your Festive lunches with the thought of an exciting, better paid opportunity to go back to in January. If you’re ever struggling to get motivated after the break, a new role is something to add to the menu for sure J
Written by Kashif Ali