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Why December is a great time to look for a job..

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You say the word December and I bet Christmas and all it’s trimmings is the first thing that springs to most people’s minds. I imagine looking for a new job isn’t high on many to-do lists at this time of year. But here are a few reasons why now is the perfect time to look for a new job…

1. There are still jobs out there – just because it’s December and Christmas is on its way, it doesn’t mean everything comes to a standstill. In fact there are still plenty of jobs out there and organisations looking to recruit.

2. Less competition – while the decision to look for a new job might seem a very personal decision, based on lots of different factors. When you look at it from a national point of view there are seasonal peaks and dips where more people are on the market for a new role. January being one of the busiest times. So start looking in December and not only will you have less competition for roles, you’ll also be ahead of all those January job seekers.

3. Pressure to wrap everything up before Christmas – there is nothing like an impeding break from the office to put the pressure on to get everything signed, sealed and delivered. This is definitely the case at Christmas, with candidates potentially out of the office and unreachable for 2 weeks getting those interviews done and offers out in December, means that new starters could potentially be in place by mid-late Jan.

4. Networking a plenty – whether it’s drinks, dinner or a coffee with customers, suppliers or colleagues, December is certainly a social time. Take advantage of this and use these more informal gatherings to network your way to your next job. Often the best way to find a new role is via your extended network. So don’t be afraid to talk a little bit of shop at any festive gatherings.

Take a break over Christmas if you like, but don’t assume that you can’t get a new job in December. Keep applying, interviewing and networking until the minute you accept a new position. Don’t let these last weeks of the year go to waste!

‘Why December is a great time to look for a new job…’ was written by Ian Gooden, CEO Chiumento Group. If you like what you’ve read why not follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter and read all our future advice and musings on the world of work.