• 08 December 2020
  • Recruitment Room

All I want for Christmas is… a new job!

Should you apply for a job before Christmas?


It’s finally beginning to feel a bit like Christmas, and boy do we need some festive cheer after the disaster that has been 2020. Don’t fret though, things are starting to look up, with the approval and distribution of a vaccine, we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel! 

We aren’t the only ones. Companies can also see that light - and vacancies are definitely on the increase.

If 2020 has taught as anything it’s that when you get a chance you should take it, because who knows what is around the corner. It has been a difficult year for almost everyone around the world, especially those who have unfortunately lost their jobs. It has also made many people realise they are no longer happy with where their career is currently at. With the market continuing to open up, it’s time to get back and start your search again! 

You may have some doubts about whether now is the right time, so I’ve taken the liberty to answer the questions you might be asking about job hunting during the holiday period.

Won’t most places have stopped recruiting during the festive period?

In a normal year, then probably yes. This is not a normal year.

In the weeks leading up to Christmas, the diary is usually chock-a-block, full of christmas parties and social gatherings. It’s not so easy if you are only allowed to socialise indoors with your household!

Companies might usually have pushed recruitment to the New Year so they can fully focus on it. However unfortunately (or fortunately, for some!) it will be a much quieter Christmas period, so there is time for recruitment to still happen this side of 2020

Isn’t it a bit pointless applying for a job before Christmas?

This is a common misconception. Although many businesses will close during Christmas week, this does not mean that December is a write-off. Yet so many people will put off starting the job searching process until the New Year

Did you know over half of the job-seeking population apply for roles in January? Why wait until the peak time for applications?

If you apply earlier, you’ll be one step ahead and being proactive is a great trait to demonstrate to potential employers. What many job hunters underestimate is how long the process can take. If you start the process on 4th January, you will be at a disadvantage compared to those who have already prepared.

Key steps you can take before Christmas.

Firstly, you should update your CV. This is not something you should rush - it is a vitally important document. It is often your initial introduction to an employer and first impressions matter.

The translation of the Latin "Curriculum vitae" is "The Course of One's Life.” Surely your life story is worth more than a rushed 20 minutes! 

Secondly, you can start researching the market. Find the job sites that are most relevant to you. If you are looking for accountancy, tax, treasury or legal roles, then you can find our current selection of vacancies here.

Thirdly, get in touch with a recruitment agency and find a consultant that will help you with your search. Contact them now - they will be much busier in January!

Talking to a recruiter is a really good place to start, especially if you want to start looking, but you aren’t quite sure how to go about it. Recruiters have the insider knowledge. They will know what a company is looking for, can help you figure out what you would be suitable for - and may even know of perfect roles before they are even advertised. 

They can also help with tips on how to update your CV, they will support you through the application process, give you interview tips and so much more. 

Finally, if you aren't quite ready to start your search, you can always do a bit of background reading. We have a comprehensive library of blogs written by recruiters to help you along the way.

I hope this helps quell any doubts you may have had and I hope your job search this year will be merry and bright!

Merry Christmas!


Alex Louise is a member of the Operations team at Harvey John.

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