January is one of the best times to be on the lookout for new job opportunities. Be prepared by getting your resume ready and writing interview notes. Here are just a few of the reasons you should start your job search early and kick off a great start to 2014!
Lots of networking opportunities
Now is a great time to warm up your networking skills, meet new people and practice your handshaking. Many local events will start popping up, and the beginning of the year is a great time to join a new club, attend career fairs, or go to a happy hour meeting. Groups usually hit the ground running and are putting on networking events so sign up for newsletters, look in the paper, and ask around for good events to meet people in your industry.
A new fiscal year begins
It is hard to admit and always a difficult discussion to have, but the salary of a new job is an important consideration; companies need the funds to hire new talent. January marks the beginning of a new fiscal year for many companies (other federal companies may begin November 1st). “Job seekers who make contact right at the start of these cycles have the best chance of being hired.” January means new budgets are created, departments have money to spend and therefore new reqs will get posted and filled right away!
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Start acting on your new year’s resolutions
To achieve your goals you need to create short and achievable milestones. Start a job search in January by first making a plan with lots of short term and daily goals. Promise to apply to two jobs a day. Schedule a meeting with someone in person at least once a week. Read the newspaper and research the latest updates on your favorite company every morning. By creating small to-do lists, you can begin to quickly check off completed tasks and stay active in the job search.
Optimistic hiring managers
Everyone turns over a new leaf on January 1st. Not only do people start New Year’s resolutions but they are also positive about new challenges. Everyone usually gets at least a couple days off during the holiday break and they are coming back to work after decompressing, relaxing, and spending quality time with the family. Having a smiling face on the other side of the phone can make the hiring process more enjoyable for everyone!