January is a great time to reset and renew. It's why so many people make resolutions and do their best to develop new, healthier, and lasting habits, like hitting the gym regularly or saving more money.
Or, perhaps, finding a new job. And, given the great market conditions for job seekers, those seeking a fresh start this January have a unique opportunity to make a career move.
"January tends to be a very busy month for both hiring and job searching," says Vicki Salemi, a career expert at Monster. 2018 data from Monster shows that January is indeed a wild month for job seekers, with 8 of the 10 busiest days for job searches on the platform occurring during the first month of the year.
The hiring bump isn't industry limited, either, but if history is any measure, many tech and health-care companies will look for candidates at the beginning of the year.
The government reported that the economy gained more than 300,000 jobs in January of 2019, almost twice as many as expected, despite a government shutdown. While those numbers greatly exceeded expectations, Salemi says that blockbuster jobs numbers aren't unusual for January. It's a month when employers are primed to hire — they have their budgets, know what they need, and go after candidates to fill open positions.
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With January fast approaching, here are some things that experts recommend you do now to prepare for a New Year's job search.
"The impression that you make within the first couple of minutes during your interview is going to shape how that person thinks," Chelsea Goodman, president and career evaluation expert at Got The Job, recently told Grow. "There are many people who don't start on the right foot and then they have to recover from that." So make sure you practice what you will say in advance and be prepared with the right answers for some of the most popular questions.
And if you miss the January job-search window, Salemi says, don't panic: Companies are always looking for fresh talent. "There is no bad month for hiring," she says.
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