Career advice

A new job for the New Year

The clock striking midnight on New Year’s Eve is usually the prime time for defining the changes that’ll make the year ahead more successful than ever. For candidates looking to boost their career prospects in the New Year, the preparation for a career change usually starts long before the festive season is underway.

Time is ticking

Securing your next role can take some time. Think about the process involved in finding a new job…
  • Updating your CV
  • Registering with a recruitment consultancy
  • Meeting your consultant
  • Online and offline job search and networking
  • Applying for jobs and waiting for responses
  • The interview process (including second and third interviews and assessment centres)
  • Your notice period
Each of these stages takes at least a couple of days; many (like the interview process and your notice period) could take a minimum of a month each. So, if you’re after a new challenge imminently, there's no time to get the ball rolling.

Against the clock

Many hiring managers aim to get their teams set up in time for a new start in January, so a trend we’re noticing amongst our clients is to complete their recruitment processes in time for the end-of-year break. For them, headcount has been signed off, and strategy and plans for next year are in place. Having said this, some organisations still choose to wait until January to begin their recruitment – so there can be a wave of new roles as the New Year starts. Make sure you’re prepared if the right opportunity catches your attention.
If you’re aiming to progress your career, speak to us about kicking off your job search.
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