While a lot of people start looking for a new job in November and December, ahead of the new year rush, January is also one of the best months to search for a new position. There is a backlog of jobs from the end of the year that need to be filled, with the 7th January being the most popular day to apply.
Did you know that …
- According to a recent article from Crunch, British workers are most likely to quit their jobs on 31st January, hanging on until the first payday after Christmas, with 46% saying that this was their main reason for waiting this long.
- 75% of CV’s are rejected before they even reach the hiring manager. That’s why it’s so important that your CV is relevant and easy to skim. We bet you didn’t know that if you include a photo on your CV, there’s an 88% rejection rate and that 76% of CV’s are rejected because of unprofessional email addresses!
- 54% of employers have rejected candidates based on their social media profile. Make sure yours is professional
- 45% of job hunters utilise job boards but only 14.9% of company hires come from candidates found on job boards and 80% of jobs never get advertised, so you need to actually talk to people.
- The typical length of a job search is 16.9 weeks and it takes an employer an average of 52 days to fill a job opening. Don’t be disheartened if it feels like the process is dragging on forever – it’s not just you.
- The average length of an interview is 40 minutes and the average time it takes for a hiring manager to know if they will hire that candidate is 90 seconds.
- 55% of interviewees get rejected for the way they acted, dressed or behaved; including lack of eye contact.
- Companies prefer employed candidates. If you’ve had an extended period of employment, consider a voluntary or part time, casual role until you secure a full-time job.
- More people are also now deciding to work for themselves – 18% starting their own business. “The number of British people working for themselves rose from 3.8 million in 2008 to 4.6 million in 2015 – an all-time high and an increase of more than 20%.” As well as this, 15.1% of the labour force were self employed in 2017 according to the Office for National Statistics.