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Is there a right time to search for a new job?

By on 03.08.16 in Your Job Search

There has always been much debate about whether there is a best time to look for a new job. Historical data shows that January and September are the favoured months to launch the search for a new role. 

This doesn't come as a huge surprise, since both January and September follow prolonged holiday periods where employees have enough down time to reflect on just how happy and satisfied they are in their current job. 

After the highs of Christmas, it is usually a huge anticlimax to arrive back in the office on January 2nd, combine this with the fact that the weather is usually ghastly around this time of year and you have the recipe for discontent. We certainly notice a flurry of activity at the beginning of January as people galvanise their new year's resolutions and make changes both in their professional and personal lives. 

However, few employers tend to hire in the run up to Christmas, they are generally too busy making sure the staff party goes with a swing - that and the fact that the recruitment process is paused during the festive period. But there are some job vacancies available in November and December and the good thing is that there are fewer people chasing them, so don't miss your chance. 

Christmas is a very sociable time - something that you can use to your advantage. Get yourself out there and network. If you've been invited to drinks with clients or corporate parties, then go - it's a great chance to meet people informally and make yourself know to prospective employers. 

Many people believe the summer is a poor time to look for a job and while there aren't as many vacancies around during the holiday season, I am still being briefed for some exceptional roles like these; 

Acquisition Manager - Offline for a well-known British leading fashion brand 

Direct Marketing Executive -  Great non-profit brand looking for a superb marketing star to join their team. 

But again, it's the return from the two-week summer holiday that spurs most employees into action. September is a peak time for job vacancies - especially since many people graduate from university around then and companies want to cream off the best of the talent.

Here at Direct Recruitment we are seeing peaks in demand in January and September, but overall our flow of positions we are being briefed on remains pretty constant throughout the year. If you feel like a change, then why not get in touch with us, so we can talk you through the vacancies we are currently recruiting for. You don't have to wait until September to get ahead of the game. 

So if you're thinking about a change and a new challenge call me on 020 7287 1171 or email marissa@direct-recruitment.co.uk and arrange a phone chat - I am always happy to talk through the options, and guide you through the recruitment journey to ensure you find the best company and right position for you.