Why This Is a GREAT Time To Look For A New Job

I keep hearing news that so many people hate their job. I’m here to tell you, it doesn’t have to be that way. You can have a job you love, working with people you enjoy, doing things that make a difference. I know this because I know one little tiny secret — November and December 2011 are GREAT months to look for a new job. Here’s why:

  1. We are all aware that the last two months of the year are mostly consumed with people shopping retail for the holiday season. But did you know that this time of year is when companies begin to look to next year and plan for growth? In spite of a tough recession, many companies are sitting on cash and wondering when it will be a good time to invest. Many are tired of waiting, and I predict that Q1 of 2012 will be a good time to begin their growth initiatives. How do I know?  Bill Connerly’s charts suggest it. Growth means opportunity for those who are prepared to receive it.
  2. Combine that with the fact that so many are burned out in their current position and actively seeking something else. As reported in a recent Workforce magazine article, “According to a study by Philadelphia-based Right Management, 84 percent of the more than 1,400 North American workers polled in late 2010 ‘intend to actively seek a new position’ this year. The number was 60 percent a year earlier.” Productivity used to be high in many companies, but it is now beginning to lag. Employees are burned out. Smart management will work to re-engage their workforce and hiring additional staff to help carry the load is a great way to do that. Turn-over means opportunity for those who are prepared to embrace it.
  3. The third factor that makes this a good time to look for a new job is less competition. For some unknown reason, many job seekers take time off from Thanksgiving to the beginning of the year. They want to spend more time with family and friends. The holiday season brings on a kind of stress all its own that many job seekers tend to try and avoid. Fewer people on the job hunt means opportunity for those who are prepared to work the process.

November and December 2011 are great months to ramp up your job search. Are you ready to find that perfect new job?

What do YOU think? Is this a good time to look or not? Leave your answers below.

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