As soon as the leaves turn brown and start falling, we begin planning the winter months ahead and the fast-approaching seasonal celebrations. We’re all guilty of slowing down, overeating, putting things off and forgetting those motivational quotes that we’ve posted on Instagram all year. Why is it that we often waste the last quarter instead of setting the scene for the following year?
From October onwards, any sign of change is shot down with “it’s probably best to wait until after Christmas” and “it’s just not a good time of the year”. There seems to be an unwritten law saying that you can’t join a gym until 1st January and don’t even think about trying to move house after September. Candidates saying “I know it’s not a very good time of year” has echoed around our offices this month but no one can really reason or substantiate why.
But, as the song goes, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year” – for many reasons!
Don’t let your job search go cold this winter
The temperatures have plummeted, and you’re living off of comfort food and Lemsip so why not use the quiet, relaxing evenings to update your CV with your most recent responsibilities and achievements. While reflecting on the year that’s been, you should also make sure that your LinkedIn profile is updated and then tidy up your social media presence.
We highly recommend that candidates keep up the momentum of their job search in the winter and still apply for suitable opportunities that may arise. Businesses are one step ahead and will be recruiting for the resources they need to help make them successful in 2016 and beyond, so don’t get left behind.
Joining in time for the seasonal celebrations is not the only benefit
What better way for a new employee to join a team than when they are looking back fondly on the successes of the year, and planning activity for the year(s) to come? It’s usually a time where teams are feeling most positive and tying up loose ends on projects – it’s also likely to be when teams are their most social.
I’m yet to see it myself, but if a company does truly quieten down in December, it could also be the perfect time to recruit and focus on training a new starter. A thorough and detailed induction is key to giving new employees the information that they need to be successful in their new role and company.
So, give yourself the gift of an exciting new role
Perhaps now is the right time to think about a change in your career, whether it’s a new industry, location or working pattern. If you’ve always wanted to get into interim roles, but you’re worried about the logistics, find out how it can work for you.
Or if you’re considering a sidestep into another communications discipline, get in contact with us to discuss roles in internal communications, external and marketing communications, digital and social media, investor relations, government/stakeholder relations and agency.
We’re still busy at VMA Group so give us a call to discuss the next step in your career.
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