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  • Writer's pictureJaki Suter

New year. New decade. New job?

Updated: Jan 9, 2020

It’s January again. The month when we all said we’d start doing something we’ve been putting off for a while – maybe even since last January. For many people, that “something” is looking for a new job. And if you’re one of those people, you’re probably staring at your screen right now wondering if you should put it off for another month or two (or three or four).

But here’s one really good reason why you shouldn’t:

In 2019, for example, US nonfarm payrolls peaked in January and didn’t return to anywhere near that level until December. And with the country’s unemployment remaining near a 50-year low, it’s hard to come up with a good rationale for procrastinating.

January is also when many companies begin their fiscal year, which often means the launch of new plans, programs, and initiatives – and usually means those companies are going to need to bring new people on board to put those plans into motion.

Of course none of that means you can just walk in the door and expect to be hired on the spot. For one thing, you won’t be the only one trying to take advantage of those January opportunities. So you’re going to have to up your game. You need a top-notch resume that clearly positions you as a great fit for the job. Remember, it’s a marketing tool and not just a list of company names, job titles and dates. Add to that a brief, but thoughtfully written email. You’ll also need to do your homework – so you’ll be able to carry on an informed conversation once you get that interview and ask meaningful questions when your interviewer ask if you have any. And always, always, always send a thank-you email.

Yes, a job search can become a job in itself. But there are lots of great opportunities out there right now, along with lots of resources that can provide help with everything from resume writers to interview coaches. What’s more, you won’t have a chance to take advantage of the January advantage for another year.

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