5 tips to Job-Hunting through the Silly Season
Looking for a new job into late November, December and early January can often be frustrating. There is no doubt it’s a different climate for job hunters during the ‘silly season’ however it doesn’t have to be a waste of time.
We’ve recently been chatting with both our clients and candidates around the climate for both hiring and job hunting through the festive season. There is an ingrained belief throughout the recruitment world that most hiring/job hunting halts through the season and then picks back up into late January; this isn’t always the case …if you know what you’re doing!
We are finding year after year that our clients are looking to hire straight through the season and those who are being proactive in their job hunting approach are often those to reap the benefits.
Knowing what we know, and seeing first-hand what happens in recruitment around this time of year we’ve decided to put together some ‘insider knowledge’ for those looking to optimise the opportunities the season can offer…!
5 Tips to Job-Hunting in November, December and January
1. Get to know your market: MAP a plan
Spend some time looking on job boards like Seek, LinkedIn, MyCareer, Facebook etc. for roles which might be suitable for you. Do some research to find out which recruiters would be most involved in your area of speciality. Develop a relationship with them; speak openly about their current opportunities and what they have coming up into January. This is the key. Recruiters and line managers alike will start to have more free time to speak with you as the season winds down. Create a follow-up list and compile the names of these connections to establish another touch point for the New Year if they are unable to help you out now.
2. Tailor your approach; get focused
Apply for as many live, credible and applicable jobs you can throughout late November and into December. Focus on clearly understanding the role, developing rapport with the recruiter or manager and doing some further research into the companies you apply for. Should you not be successful for those roles, the company you had applied to may have other roles which might suit you into the New Year. Second; tailoring your CV to each role, clearly addressing the key selection criteria is also key. This will demonstrate a clear relevance and should land you at least a chat with the recruiter for shortlisting…this also opens doors. For some insight into ‘shaking off the dust’ and refreshing your job-hunting approach check out our last blog here‘
3. Network, Socialise, Connect
The ‘silly season’ is a great time to celebrate, connect, network and socialise; who says you can’t do all of this AND bolster your career at the same time? Make a point to attend as many relevant, industry-related networking socials, coffee catch-ups or after work drinks. The connections you make during the season could certainly yield profit into January and can help to strengthen your network throughout the rest of the New Year; win-win!
4. Pitch for NOW
Many of the conversations you will have during this time of year will most likely focus around January. This is a natural progression throughout December and you’ll hear it from both recruiters and line managers. One of the best things you can do is stear the conversation to ‘now, today, next week’ – sooner than after Christmas. This doesn’t mean you have to land an interview or sign any paperwork before Christmas but it could be a face to face catch-up, telephone chat or Skype chat which would establish the connection and perhaps open more doors for the future. Stay proactive, stay engaged and you’ll be the first one in the door early January…
5. Don’t write it off
One of the biggest opportunities for the savvy job-hunters during this time of year is that most of the ‘other guys’ are taking their foot off the peddle. This means 80% of your ‘regular-season competition’ is eating themselves into a turkey-induced coma and gives you a rare opportunity to stand out and shine. A clearly addressed, well prepared, well researched and highly relevant CV in this market is GOLD for the (more surprisingly common than not) line manager desperately trying to fill those last few requirements before Christmas break.
Don’t miss this once-a-year opportunity!
Give us a call if you want to chat around what’s happening with us NOW and avenues to be mapped and explored into January!