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4 reasons why summer is the best time to look for a job

For many people the hunt for a new job kicks-off just after we welcome in the New Year. The festive haze of Christmas is behind us and many of us start to question our careers and lifestyle. Where do I see myself in five years? Am I pursuing the right career path? With the vast majority of job seekers on the same mission, there’s often a huge increase in competition at this time of year. But what if you took a different route? What if there was a better time of year to send off your CVs? Here are our top 4 reasons why you might want to consider a summer job search instead.

1 - Faster recruitment process

Many companies become less busy during July and August, so the workload is often lighter. With this and people jetting off on holidays, offices tend to be a little sparse and sometimes it can be difficult to have all of the employees (recruiters, HR and managers) involved in the hiring process readily available. If you think that this suggests that the hiring process is put to a halt though, think again! The myth that companies don’t hire during the summer needs to be put at bay. In fact, the whole process can be sped up and simplified to ensure that great candidates don’t slip through the net.

2 - Less competition

In today’s working climate, it’s out-dated to believe that job openings during the summer months are few and far between. Many of us still have this attitude to job applications, which means that there are many applicants that are deterred from searching and therefore applying, which ultimately is an advantage to the rest of us. That fact is, the number of applicants drastically falls during the warmer month’s resulting in less competition. Your CV is consequently given a greater opportunity to stand out.

3 - Time to do your research

Every year, technology and business trends change and it’s important to keep up with what’s new and which skills might be useful for the future. Reading reports like the one from Experis, can help to inform you of the hot areas and key skillsets that are set to trend. For example, in 2018 we’ve seen a great increase of AI and big data roles. So, by the end of January, with this type of knowledge, you’re in position to tailor your CV and interviews to current topics. But by leaving your job search until the summer though, means you’ll also have time to brush up on any neglected skills, learn something new or hone in on the areas in demand, making you even more valuable as a candidate.

4 - Easier to schedule an interview

Finally, summer time is notably when people book time off to go away, which makes it much easier for you to book the odd day here and there around interviews without raising any suspicions.

So there you have it. Now, are you going to wait until 2019 to start looking for your next career move? It’s still summer after all!

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