12 Days of Christmas Job Hunting Tips

Merry Christmas one and all! Yes. We know we’re not quite there yet, but we’re well on our way and there’s nothing the Omicron variant can do about it… is there? Oh, there probably is. That’s all the more reason to enjoy ourselves now then. 

In this, the final Linguistica Recruitment blog of 2021, we’re going to provide you with a few top tips to help you beat the January jobs rush, delivered in the format and (very occasionally) to the tune of the 12 Days of Christmas, famously sung of course by John Denver and The Muppets. 

 Yes, we know it may be tempting to put off your job hunt until after Christmas, but put the work in now and you’ll reap the rewards in the New Year. So without further ado…

On the 1st day of Christmas my recruiter said to me, now is the perfect time to update your CV (and portfolio with the best examples of your work from 2021). 

On the 2nd day of Christmas my recruiter said to me, high employment levels and skills gaps in many industries mean that hundreds of employers are still hiring even in the run-up to Christmas, so stay tuned to those jobs boards.     

On the 3rd day of Christmas my recruiter said to me, spend your time productively and benefit from the reduced competition to increase your chances of landing your dream job. 

On the 4th day of Christmas my recruiter said to me, hiring managers generally feel happier at this time of year and are maybe more receptive to a speculative enquiry from an eager jobseeker.

On the 5th day of Christmas my recruiter said to me, the holiday season is a great time to revisit your LinkedIn profile and check that it ticks all of the right boxes. Update it with the most recent and relevant information and ask your colleagues for recommendations if yours are out of date. Here are a few other tips to keep your LinkedIn profile recruiter ready.

On the 6th day of Christmas my recruiter said to me, now’s a good time to make sure you’re looking at the best jobs boards for your skillset. Generalist jobs boards can be fine for some roles but if you have niche skills, such as bilingualism, then more specialist jobs boards can be a hugely valuable resource. 

On the 7th day of Christmas my recruiter said to me, make good use of the time you have off over the festive break to improve your interview skills. 

On the 8th day of Christmas my recruiter said to me, if there aren’t any roles that you are actively applying for, take the time to refocus and set specific professional goals for the year ahead and write down the necessary steps to get there. 

On the 9th day of Christmas my recruiter said to me, now is a great time to research your salary. Sites like Check-a-Salary can give you a better idea of what you’re worth so you can make informed decisions in the new year.   

On the 10th day of Christmas my recruiter said to me, use all of those personal and professional events you’ll be attending as an opportunity for networking. It’s always worth mentioning that you are job searching as you never know who may be able to help.

On the 11th day of Christmas my recruiter said to me, take this time to reflect on your job hunt before relaunching your efforts in the new year. Talk to a careers advisor, discuss your plans with family and friends and think about all of the contacts you have built up in the past. 

On the 12th day of Christmas my recruiter said to me, contact Linguistica Recruitment and send us your CV.

At Linguistica Recruitment, we find talented candidates for rewarding and well-paid bilingual jobs across the UK. Give us a call on 02392 987 765 or email info@linguistica-recruitment.com to discuss your job search with our team. And above all else, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  


Remote Bilingual Jobs are on the Rise

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, there has been a spike in the number of remote job listings for translators, interpreters, market researchers, interviewers and other roles that require bilingual skills. That’s probably not surprising given that the pandemic has transformed the working landscape for so many, taking them away from offices and shared workspaces and back into their homes. 

Remote bilingual jobs increase by a third

According to the latest data from one of the world’s biggest marketplaces for flexible jobs, there has been a 30 percent year-on-year increase in the number of remote bilingual vacancies, with almost a third more listings now than there were at the same time last year. 

With more than 1,700 jobs currently listed, bilingual jobs are now the eighth biggest category of remote jobs, up from eighteenth just two months ago.  

What type of remote bilingual jobs are available?

As the economy has rebounded after the initial Covid shock, organisations are on the lookout for workers who can help them capitalise on overseas opportunities in an increasingly globalised world. This has coincided with the dawn of the streaming era, accelerated by the various lockdowns and restrictions, which has made it easier for businesses to communicate seamlessly with people from all corners of the globe. 

To fill this growing need, businesses, charities and public sector organisations are advertising for all forms of remote bilingual jobs, with contract, freelance, part-time and full-time roles available in industries such as communications, education, finance and marketing.  

A quick scan of the remote bilingual jobs that are currently available reveals vacancies for communications managers, customer service specialists, creative writers, healthcare recruiters, software developers, executive assistants, proofreaders and editors, digital marketing analysts and more.

How much can bilingual workers expect to earn?  

According to Salary.com, bilingual workers can expect to earn between 5 percent and 20 percent more per hour than those at the same professional level who only speak one language. However, you could stand to earn even more than your monolingual counterparts if you work in a sector where employees with professional experience and the necessary languages are particularly difficult to come by.  

Apply for remote bilingual jobs today

At Linguistica Recruitment, we fill office-based, hybrid and remote bilingual jobs across a wide range of sectors and industries. Just submit your CV and one of our recruiters will be in touch.