When is the best time to start your job hunt? December or January?

Posted on 25/11/2021 by Edward Sorrell

When is the best time to see your friends and family celebrating the festive cheer? When is the best time to lose track and relax? When is the best time to have a New Year's Eve party?  

...December! 

December seems to be the better month for everything and job hunting is no different. Whilst looking for a new job can be the last thing you want to do (or the first thing you want to do), it’s potentially the best thing you could do. December is definitely the best time to start your job hunt and here are the reasons why: 

    1. There’s less competition 

Now don’t worry I believe in you, but why take the risk and wait for more candidates to realise they want a new job. get ahead of the curve. It’s estimated around one-fifth of us have a new year’s resolution around changing jobs, so you have a month's advantage, use it! 

    2. You’ll be ahead of the curve 

As mentioned earlier you’re ahead of the curve of all the jobseekers in time. But you’re also ahead as you’re showing you’re committed to the job search, not only that but you’re proving you’re thinking ahead, planning and executing. Beating the competition on multiple fronts and they don’t even know they’re playing! 

    3. You can enlist the help of an expert  

January can be a notoriously busy period for recruiters, December less so. This means our specialist recruiters at Realm have more time to tailor your CV, apply careful pressure on hiring managers and ensure the whole process goes as smoothly as possible. Use our experts and let them do the hard work for you. If you need persuading, just have a look at our candidate feedback. 

    4. You can build momentum 

We all know starting is the hard part, and Christmas is a much-needed break. Allow yourself to have that break knowing the cogs are turning. That means when you return after your festivities you can pick up where you left of and not have to dread the upcoming job search in the busy period. 

    5. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas 

Now I’m not saying there’s going to be any Christmas miracles or anything but... people are generally feeling more positive this time of year, and that includes the firms your recruiter will be talking to on your behalf. A higher percentage of people who interview in December get offered jobs than those in the first quarter of a year following the festive break.  

So, what are you waiting for? Start your December job hunt today. 

If you want to get ahead of the game and secure your next job before the end of the year, get in touch with our specialist consultants on 03300 245 606. Alternatively, visit our jobs page to see our latest exciting roles.