New Year Job Hunt Resolutions

4th January 2018
Geoff Collings

The arrival of the Christmas holidays and New Year often prompts many people to start the process of job hunting. It’s understandable; after all, you’ve had a year to reflect on the job that you’re in and the New Year is a catalyst for change. And yes, January is a great time to job hunt. But if getting a new job is your New Year’s resolution this year, then it needs to be taken seriously.

Why Job Hunt in the New Year?

There are several good reasons to start job hunting in January. Firstly, after the rush of the Christmas season, many potential job hunters have more time in the calm of the week between Christmas and New Year. Similarly, the first few weeks of January can be an excellent time to dedicate some legwork to looking for a new job.

From a company’s perspective, Christmas is often the year end for many organisations, so there may be hiring budget available. Furthermore, many people choose to leave jobs at Christmas as they seek their next roles, so this may mean that there are naturally more vacancies available. This is great news if you’re looking for your next role. However, there are several New Year job hunt resolutions that you need to be aware of in order to take it seriously.

Is now the right time to look for a New Job?

Because of all of the reasons listed above, the New Year often means that there are lots of people looking for a new job at the same time. So many people think that the New Year signals the fact that they should be achieving more, and therefore actively throw themselves into looking for their next career move. In what can quickly become a saturated market, it’s important to take your New Year job hunt seriously.

As such, before you even start your January quest for a new job, assess how happy you are with your current role. Do you enjoy the job? Will it potentially lead to new opportunities further down the line? And does it pay enough for your lifestyle? If the answer to more than one of these is no, then it might be an idea to start looking for another job. However, if, on the whole you’re happy with your role, then it could be a case of ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’.

New Year Job Hunt Resolutions

If you want to take your job hunt seriously this year, then here are a few New Year job hunt resolutions that you need to be aware of:

  • Market yourself effectively: by this we mean make sure you have a clear, concise, up-to-date CV which is well presented and easy to read. It’s also worth reviewing your LinkedIn profile and making sure it is current and as visible to prospective recruiters as possible.
  • Put yourself out there: contact specialist recruiters such as MacKenzie King, network where possible and join relevant LinkedIn job vacancy groups.
  • Think seriously about the roles you’re applying for: are you qualified for the vacancy? Do you really want the role you’re looking at? Is it a good career move? It’s important to take your job hunt seriously if you’re going to make a change this year.
  • Be realistic: did you know that most job hunters give up within the first two months of starting their job search, because they thought it would be a quick and easy process? Finding the right role for you can take time, but it will be worth it in the end. Here at MacKenzie King we are dedicated to matching the right candidate to the right role, taking into account corporate culture, qualifications and experience.

Getting a new job this year is definitely an achievable resolution for most people. However, it does take some time and dedication on the candidate’s part. If you’d like to talk to a specialist financial recruiter about your next career move, get in touch with MacKenzie King today. We’ll be happy to work with you to find the perfect role for you.