In 2017, 6 of the top 10 job search days on Monster were in January.
Must be something about spending a load of time with our nearest and dearest that gives us itchy feet. But is it REALLY the best time to start your job search?
Executives have run the numbers and know who they need for their team and if they can afford them. There’ll also be a number of positions recently opened due to post bonus resignations.
Companies have more money, time and resources to hire people than at any other time of year. However, this also means they’re in no rush, Finalising interviews and getting contracts signed can take longer. While a lot of jobs are advertised in January, most aren’t filled for another month or so.
And let’s face it, with more people hitting send on their CV, competition is higher. You’re going to need to do something to stand out. And that something could be as simple as waiting until mid-Jan to make your move.
OR spending the time between now and then adding skills to your CV which will take you from a good applicant to a GREAT one.
Ollie Ovel, Founder of Wave Talent — Product Design Recruitment Specialists.
Charles Darwin took long walks around London. Kurt Vonnegut made listening to jazz a daily priority. Fiona Apple disappeared for 6 years after the release of her third album.
I ask because I can often be found agonising over the "more". If only I posted on Instagram more, I'll think in the bath. I'd have more followers if I pitched to more publications. I need to post 2 more times a week, minimum. I could go on...
Between you and me, I've got frustrated with myself for browsing Facebook or watching too much TV more times than I can remember.
And I'm not alone. So many of us are terrified of taking a break, creatively speaking. We won't let a moment pass without listening to a podcast, consuming an article or sharing something.
The cognitive load is real, y'all.
But like Vitamin D, sleep and good food, it's not only ok to take a break, it's essential.
Living a successful life is also about knowing when not to work. For your best output, you need to focus on your input, too.
The world won't end if you disappear from the internet for a week or so. Your creativity won't suddenly stop. Your time is now, but your time was also then and it will be again.
Many of us confuse being "busy" with being constructive. But you can only do your best work by taking breaks.
And science backs it up, too. The brain requires substantial downtime to do its most innovative thinking. The ideas you have while driving or in the shower aren't coincidental. They're a result of you taking a step back, whether you're aware of it or not.
Let yourself take a wonderful and indulgent break. Several breaks. Hell, get downright bored.
Wallow in it. Don't be afraid of it. Push it as far as you can.
When you leave your laptop behind, something always happens. A new idea or a fresh perspective appears.
Take proper breaks, often. Completely clear your mind. Your next best idea depends on it.