Job searching is no easy, neither is landing your dream role. Each candidate comes to us with different aspirations and challenges and we take time to work with everyone on a personal level to devise an effective strategy to meet individual goals. For many, their job search starts as soon as they have left university, but others will start searching during their studies or after they have taken time out to travel. You would be mistaken to think that vacancies slow down at any point in the year, including during the festive period.
So if you’re wondering the best time to look for your next role? NOW is the answer.
We have often found that job searchers believe that vacancies slow down towards the Christmas holiday, but increase in the New Year, but this isn’t the case. We’re working on a number of roles now, as well as for January 2020 until next summer! This is because our clients are growing and they’re always on the hunt for top talent, whether students have finished their studies or not. Read our top tips to increase your success in job searching.
A detailed and updated CV goes a long way
To start your job search you need to make sure your CV is up to date. Don’t apply for roles if you’ve not updated your CV with the latest employment and achievements. This is very important in order to find out what roles you would be best for. You will also need a CV that is catered to different roles you aim to apply too, for example, if you’re applying for programming roles, make sure you include the programming technical language and jargon. We can help with that.
Jobs don’t wait for you to apply so you shouldn’t wait either.
In regards to the best time to search for roles and apply, apply the moment you see that. This is for a few reasons, but mainly so it increases your chances with being put forward for the role. Even if the role has been active for a few weeks, we would still advise you apply as previous candidates may not have been successful and if the role is no longer open, there may be similar ones you can be put forward for. Don’t put off applying for fear of rejection, as you won’t know unless you try.
Think about when and why you are applying
You can infer a lot about someone when they apply for a role and the frequency in applying for others. For example, if you’re applying for roles at 3:00am in the morning, you can tell they’ve either worked really hard on the application or they’re more of a night owl. If you’re applying during the day and your CV says you’re currently employed, you can tell they’re job searching while working (or during their breaks). Many people understandably search for jobs at weekends, but, bear in mind this won’t be picked up until the Monday when the recruiter may have multiple applications.