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 Update it with the most recent and relevant information and ask your colleagues for recommendations if yours are out of date.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 firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your job search with our team. And above all else, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!