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You’re not alone in thinking about your job in January, people worldwide are re-evaluating their careers. Many of them will decide to change jobs - if they haven’t already. In January job advertising increases regardless of the summer holiday period. The question is, is it just people making new year’s resolutions? Perhaps companies are merely carrying over December advertising that they had on hold? The answer is much more complex.
Employers don’t often recruit at the end of the year for a variety of reasons:
For the job searcher there are different factors to consider:
Global and regional issues impacting the job market:
There are many other factors on a personal, commercial, regional and global scale that impact the job market. Although many businesses will have an eye on the distant future, they will be mainly focussed on 2020 and the new decade ahead. There is a lot to consider in our continually changing New Zealand business arena.
During these hot summer months it is full throttle for industries such as construction, retail, hospitality and tourism. However, in other areas it remains quiet until mid-February with holiday makers still enjoying the beautiful late summer. Decision makers may still be on holiday or they could be back catching up on work whilst looking wistfully at the sun beating down outside. At 4-5pm the workplace is often deserted as everyone heads out to the summer evenings. You may hear comments like ‘Is it Friday yet?’ and ‘Isn’t this week taking ages’ with an air of glumness pervading the office. Regardless of the industry more jobs are advertised in January and you can guarantee a lot of people will be scanning the job boards during their holiday or back to work blues.
Setting aside January which is obviously one of the busiest times in recruitment, when is the best time to advertise or apply for jobs? A lot of research and data crunching has been undertaken (predominantly for the northern hemisphere) but it does raise some salient points. The new financial year is a natural conclusion for many businesses wrapping up projects and budgets. There is definitely a summer slump in New Zealand, but the main advice for job searchers is not to wait.
Recruitment for businesses shouldn’t be based on seasonal variations due to talent shortage - the most successful recruitment process is to continuously pool talent that applies directly to the company and regularly approach passive candidates. Many in-demand candidates rarely search for new jobs therefore companies need to proactively approach them with appealing packages.
Here are the facts about the best days/times to advertise and apply for jobs. Cliff notes version – advertise early in the week with the expectation of receiving around 60% of your applications in the first week. If you’re applying for a job submit your application late morning on Tuesday during the first week of advertising. Hopefully this information helps you to beat the strong competition out there!
Make the most of the January surge of candidates and advertise with QJumpers now – we can even manage the screening and selection process if you’re still on holiday but desperately need a new employee asap.
Alternatively jump ahead of the other candidates by registering your search details with QJumpers so that we (and all our clients) can pull through your information when we’re looking for candidates.
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