Is January really the best time to apply for a new job?
You’ve been on an extended Christmas holiday and had the chance to recharge your batteries. The last three months running up to the end of last year were frantic with endless deadlines to work towards and an extremely demanding workload.
Despite a short break you might still be feeling deflated. Your job feels stale and you’re not sure if you are really committed to staying put on a long term basis.
You have thought about applying for jobs over the last year but you aren’t sure if you can really be bothered to put the effort in to apply for new things.
Does this sound at all familiar? If it doesn’t then many congratulations! You might be in your dream role, or definitely see how your career in heading, or you might not be working in which case you won’t have to worry about whether to jump ship just yet.
If you think the above does reflect how you are feeling then the next question would be, when is the best time to start applying for a new position? Here are some ideas which might help you.
When you can dedicate time.
It’s not a matter of which month of the year to apply (although December, January and August can be ideal as less people are applying for roles and some clients have more time on their hands.), it’s about whether you can realistically dedicate time to the whole job search process.
Yes recruiters can help you meander through the number of jobs you see advertised, however applying for a job is no mean feat. You will certainly need to do some research about the companies you apply to and the jobs you are considering, you will also have to prepare for interview thinking about relevant experiences and skills that might help you stand out, and also, dont forget you will have to set time aside for any tests or presentations you might need to do. There’s no point in doing this whilst you are in the midst of planning for a wedding for example, or when you find yourself working excessively long hours without the workload lightening for the forseeable future. A successful job application takes time.
Make sure you can set some time aside and ask your recruiter what the process is from start to finish so yoiu can plan and manage your own expectations.
It ‘s always helpful if you can take some time off for face to face meetings, especially if the job is local. However its not all doom and gloom on the time front as companies are being more flexible and working around heavy workloads . Employers generally understand the work pressures that we all face, and so will often be willing to hold a first round skype or telephone interview to help with this. Assessments might also be online and can be completed in the comfort of your own home, however we do recommend that you should always make the time to meet the people you might end up working with so you can have an informed view of what the enviornment and culture is like.
Think about the type of interview you might have. Is it a competency based interview, for example? Make sure you have time to prepare for any competency based interviews (https://www.boycerecruitment.co.uk/interviewing-like-star/)
Also make sure that you are easy to get hold of and make time to follow up any interviews with feedback to your consultant. You don’t always have to confirm a yes or no, but a discussion shortly after will give you time to convey your interest (if you are keen) or find out about any grey areas and even get an idea of what impression you gave to the company. There’s nothing worse than spending time interviewing a candidate and then hearing nothing for days. Not giving swift feedback could blow your chances of progressing to the next stage, as an employer may think you lack interest and would probably question how responsive you would be at work with internal and external clients.
When you see something that really interests you.
It might be an advert that just caught your eye, but there’s something about a job you have heard about that excites you/ captures the fire in your belly. It might feel like it is slightly out of reach but if you don’t challenge yourself you won’t ever know and in this instance, if you feel you have some of the skills that would match the requirements of the role then there should be nothing stopping you from applying. So go ahead and bite the bullet.
When you have been pushing for promotion but it’s still taking longer than you wanted.
You might have heard lots of excuses from your boss as to why its not the right month for your promotion. You may have to wait another 3 months before you can even see what might happen. In this instance why not see what else is out there? after all it might help you speed up your career development and understanding the job market might actually help you in your negotiation for a promotion either internally or externally.
When your salary hasn’t been reviewed in 2 years.
The cost of living, especially in London, is not stagnant by any means. The cost of food, transport, interest rates have all gone up…so why shouldn’t you be given a pay increase? If this sounds like your situation then it definitely might be time to change.
When you no longer believe you are in the right company.
The company culture might have changed; you’re not learning anything new, a culture of nurturing employees is being replaced by focus on targets, revenue and bottomline. You no longer feel you have any value aside form what costs you can save or revenue you can produce. Life’s too short to spend your entire time feeling like this so maybe it’s time to change. There are lots of opportunities out there.
So before you decide whether you should apply for a new job, think about the timing that is right for you, what you really want from your career and decide the best path you need to take to ensure that 2018 will let you make some great changes to your work / life karma.
For more details on any active live jobs we have at the moment have a look at our current vacancies or check out our candidates area for more information on the job search or how to prepare for an interview.
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