Happy New Year to you! If you’re looking to start a new career (and, let’s face it, who isn’t?), your timing couldn’t be more perfect: January is actually one of the best months to land a new job.
Surprised? You are not alone. Most people think it’s pointless to look for a job early in the new year, but that’s a myth. Hiring is a year-round process and there is never a bad time to apply. In addition, now is one of the best times to apply. This is why:
Hit the ground running
First, companies want to hit the ground running in the new year and hire the right people to get through 2023 and beyond. Leadership must act quickly on recruitment, thanks to the war-for-talent environment.
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Undoubtedly, there are vacancies that have not been filled for months. Imagine a job posting was posted in November, a handful of people were interviewed, and it was lost in the run-up to the holiday season. They need to get it filled now, and quickly.
Second, hiring managers will likely receive their new budgets and targets in January and be ready to spend. And third, many companies see a spike in layoffs in January, following the year-end bonuses for employees that were handed out in December. This is typically expected by companies, and a strong factor why a recruitment campaign is likely to be necessary.
So, to get a competitive edge, start checking out The House of Talent Job Board for plenty of great opportunities. Once you’ve found what you’re looking for, it’s time to dust off that resume, especially if it’s gotten old since you last looked for a job. Think of it like a marketing document or even a story that you carefully craft to convince the reader, aka the hiring manager, that you have what they need.
Write your cover letter now. Even if only one in two gets read, there’s still a 50% chance that adding one can help you. Start with a clear, concise opening sentence to grab the reader’s attention and make sure the entire letter is no more than one page. Also, if you can, skip the “To Whom It May Concern” and try to address your letter to a specific name.
Then, once you get the chance to interview, be it remotely or in person; prepare, prepare, prepare. Learn as much as you can about the company, from its culture to its history. Research the industry and familiarize yourself with trends and challenges. And practice those go-to interview questions; such as “Tell me about yourself” and “What is your biggest weakness?”
Finally, don’t lose sight of the fact that the application process is also an opportunity for you to evaluate the company and make sure it’s a good fit for you. Ask about the culture and pay close attention to how the hiring manager treats you during the application process. Never ignore your instincts and always do your research.
Speaking of research, we’ve done (you’re welcome) some of it for you. Here are three amazing companies that are hiring right now. Good luck!
PlayStation isn’t just the best place to play, it’s the best place to work. It strives for an inclusive environment that empowers employees and embraces diversity. It welcomes and encourages anyone with a passion and curiosity for innovation, technology and play to explore its open positions and join their growing global team. It is currently looking for a DevOps Engineer, a Senior AEM Developer and a Data Product Manager, just to name a few. You can find these roles and many more here.
WPP is a transformation company that uses the power of creativity to build a better future. Working there means being part of a global network of more than 100,000 people in 110 countries. WPP and its award-winning agencies work with most of the world’s largest companies and organizations, from Ford, Unilever and P&G to Google, HSBC and the UN. It has headquarters in New York, London and Singapore and is listed on both the London and New York Stock Exchanges. It is currently looking for a selection of interesting roles, which you can view here.
Founded in 2007, Deezer was one of the first French unicorns and the second largest global independent music streaming platform. Now included in the #Euronext #TechLeaders segment, growth is accelerating. Deezer is ideally positioned to play a key role in the continued development of the fast-growing music streaming market. Now is the perfect time to get involved; Here are some great opportunities with the Paris-based company to check out.
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