Is January a good month to look for a new job?

The simple answer is…YES!

The new year is a great opportunity to get into a positive mindset and make a start with job searching, but there are also some other factors at play that support looking for a new role at this time of year.

Below are some of the key factors that make the start of the year the best time to search and apply for your next career move:

It’s your new year’s resolution

There are several common new year’s resolutions; join the gym, lose weight, start a new hobby, and get a new job. It can be a great motivation to get stuff done that you have been putting off for whatever reason.


Hiring managers have received new budgets for the year, the majority of staff are back from their holidays and time off, and companies often have a backlog of hiring that has been paused during the Christmas period. The hiring activity that was possibly delayed in November and December can now progress.

Decision makers are around and available

This is the time of year when the greatest number of decision-makers are available all at the same time, before other projects ramp-up after the break, meaning your application could get pushed through the system more quickly.  At the same time, people tend to return from the Christmas period feeling focused and rested, therefore hirers are seeking to fill those long-term open positions. All these factors put you in the best position to get the job you really want.

Companies can be more receptive in January

Many companies still pay out bonuses in December and that means employees will often wait until they receive their bonus before thinking about a career change. Businesses are of course aware of this and account for a higher percentage of leavers in January. Because of this, companies can be more receptive to receiving applications at the start of the year.  

What are you waiting for? Start looking and apply!

Remember, if you are set on finding the next step in your career, spend time updating your CV and LinkedIn profile. A hiring manager or recruiter who is receiving a lot of CVs will form an opinion about you based on the appearance, structure, and opening statement of your CV, therefore it has to make an immediate impact, or it risks being lost at the bottom of the pile. Remember to highlight your skills that are most relevant to the job for which you are applying.  A covering letter will also add value, by giving you the opportunity to talk about meaningful achievements, what you are looking for, and why you think you are an excellent candidate for the role.

Why not get ahead of the game and contact CBR? We are here to help you find your next career move in 2022. Get in touch and find out how.

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