It’s a time for giving, a time for getting
A time for forgiving, and for forgetting
Christmas is love, Christmas is peace
A time for hating and fighting to cease
Classic stuff from national treasure Sir Cliff Richard there, from the absolute Christmas banger that is Mistletoe and Wine.
And of course Big Cliff is right.
But what he forgets to add is that Christmas is also a great time to get ahead with your job search – and, who knows, perhaps even secure an interview for the job of your dreams.
Read on to find out why.
It’s An Open Field
Travelling by train in half-empty carriages is one of life’s understated pleasures – especially when you’ve been used to commuting cheek-by-jowl and experiencing all the unpleasant things that come with that during the rest of the year.
And isn’t it nice to drive on a clear road when you spend most of your time backed up in infuriating work-time or school run traffic? We can almost hear you sighing with relief just thinking about it.
What’s any of this got to do with a Christmas job search?
Well, firstly, just imagine getting a job that means you don’t have to do that life-draining commute anymore?
Secondly – and more pertinently – while most people veg out and do everything they can to get work out of their minds during the Christmas period, you could be getting ahead by properly researching, finding and applying for the job you want.
OK, so you might not hear back about your applications until January at the earliest, but it’ll be a great feeling to know you’ve put some irons in the fire ahead of the New Year.
Christmas Is A Time For Life-Changing Decisions
Does a lump start forming in the back of your throat after Boxing Day in dreaded anticipation of going back to your job?
Nearly all of us have been there at some point in our careers.
OK, so you will need to go back to your job after the Christmas break. But you could put a real spring in your step knowing that you’ve applied for new jobs during the festive period.
As the great Sam Cooke sang: ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’ – or, at least, it will if you take positive steps to create that change in your life.
After all, we’ve all feasted on the guilty pleasure of those Channel 5 or Hallmark films where folk change their lives over Christmas by taking on a job or career they really love instead of one that makes them unhappy.
So, think of applying for a great new job as part of your own Christmas movie! (or don’t: it’s completely up to you. We just thought it would be fun)
Find A Career To Suit Your Needs
You may have heard about ‘The Great Resignation’ sweeping across America, whereby millions of people are resigning because they’re not happy with their jobs or working conditions.
Now, we’re not condoning that. And we’re not sure that this phenomenon will hit the UK in the way that some commentators have predicted – after all, working conditions are much more employee-friendly in the UK than they are in the USA.
But The Great Resignation has been borne out of the realisations many have come to during and after lockdown:
1. Work from home is a very viable way of working, and there are tonnes of WFH jobs appearing on the market
2. People need more flexibility and balance in their lives – and 9-5 jobs where people are tied to their desks get in the way of these life goals
Christmas, of course, tends to be a time for reflection on ‘what’s really most important in our lives’. For instance, reducing stress and finding more time to spend with kids or loved ones.
Wouldn’t it therefore be great to find a job or career this Christmas that allows you to live a happier life?
Avoid The January Jobs Rush
There will be a big rush for new jobs in January 2022.
How do we know this?
Because there is every January!
We’ve talked about some of the reasons for why this is above, so we won’t repeat ourselves.
But we will point out that ‘Blue Monday’ (the third Monday in every January) sees a massive surge in people desperately hoping to find a new job.
And you don’t want to get caught up in all that because you’ll get completely lost in the melee, and all you’ll be left with is a lingering feeling that you should have applied for jobs when the market was less saturated with candidates i.e. at Christmas and other quiet times of the year.
If you think about it from the hiring or recruitment managers’ perspective, they will be more likely to see and take an interest in your CV or profile when they’re not inundated (or completely snowed under) with applications.
Be Strategic With Your Job Search
The jobs market has changed beyond recognition in the past decade – and been revolutionised in the last year by the almost universal recognition borne out of lockdown that the traditional 9-5 is on its last legs.
It’s exciting. It means that you don’t necessarily need to find a job within an hour’s commute. Or move closer to a dream employer’s location. Why? Because chances are that they’re offering remote or flexible roles.
On the flipside, that means that there could be far, far more competition for the kind of jobs you want.
And, even though you may feel confident that you’re the best candidate, your application or CV may not even get seen by the right people if you follow the crowd by applying for jobs via oversaturated job boards or at the wrong time e.g. during the January rush.
That’s why it’s so important to be strategic when hunting for a new job.
And who better to help you do that than a recruitment agency like Recruitrite, whether you’re searching for a new job in Darlington, the North East, Yorkshire or further afield in the UK? Or even if you’re after a remote role?
Recruitrite can get your application or CV in front of the right people at the right time
Our team have great relationships with employers and hiring managers who trust our judgement when it comes to recommending the best candidates
Those relationships mean we also know about upcoming vacancies WAY BEFORE they appear on job boards, so we can get you in front of these employers before the rush
We can help you hone your CV and application so that it’s a great tailored fit
Our very friendly team of experts can also give you the guidance you need to say the right things and nail your interview
We’ll also negotiate salary, flexibility and benefits on your behalf to make sure you get the right conditions for you.