Why is December the best time of year to embark on a job hunt?
Career changers – time to act!
As we are approaching the end of what has undoubtedly been one of the most tumultuous years in our living memory, it is worth taking time to reflect on how our professional and personal lives have transformed and what further changes are coming our way.
If passive waiting is not your thing and you are determined to take active steps to ensure a brighter future for yourself, then this post is for you.
First, you do not have to wait until January to start acting on that “everything I want to do in 2021” list you’ve been compiling during the lockdowns . In fact, December seems to be the perfect time to start making changes, especially when it comes to employment. A 2017 BBC study suggests that mid-December might just be the best time to embark on a job hunt. The reason is simple – less competition. Understandably, the biggest surge in job applications tends to occur in January. If you want to avoid having your CV compete for the attention of recruiters when they are inundated with countless other candidates, start putting together your winning job application now.
Making a truly meaningful change in career takes some deliberate thinking. Laura E.P. Sheehan, career strategist and founder of E.P. Career Strategies, has two important questions for those wanting to find their dream job or considering a career change:
If you could do anything, what would it be?
Give yourself the freedom to imagine all the possibilities and analyse what your ideal career could be. Knowing that you do not have to stay on track of being who you had been up until now can be profoundly liberating. Don’t be afraid of making what might seem a drastic career switch – entering a new professional territory, like tech for instance, does not have to put you at a competitive disadvantage. Instead, it demonstrates your adaptive capacity, flexible mindset, and openness to continuous learning – make these qualities your winning USPs in conversation with recruiters.
What are the skills you consistently use in everything that you are doing?
Stop tying your professional self to your job description, current or past. Instead of defining your career in terms of the roles and responsibilities you have been performing, think about the interests, competencies and skills that have been central to your career progression over the years. By identifying common threads across all your professional experiences, you will be able to reveal your key strength. Make it central to your future career plan.
If you are clear on the direction in which to take your career in 2021 and determined to act before everyone else does, then make sure your CV looks its best in time for December. This does not sound like a lot of time – but guess what? With QFinds, you can create your ultimate professional pitch in minutes.
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