Why December is the Best Time for a Career Change

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Can you believe that Christmas is less than a month away!? If you’re anything like me, the thought that there are less than 40 days of 2018 makes you a little nervous. There is still so much to get done before the end of 2018!

Many of you are probably thinking of all of the deadlines and holiday shopping that needs to be done. But has the idea of a career change crossed your mind? You might think I’m crazy, but the month of December is a great time for a career change.

Less competition

While other workers are counting down the days until their vacation, there is less competition on the job market this time of year. Let’s face it, more people are focused on holiday shopping and spending time with their friends and family than looking for a new job.

In other words, take advantage of the reduced level of competition and start looking for other job opportunities! If you need help getting started, JSG has hundreds of open positions across the nation that could be a perfect fit for you!

Companies are finalizing budgets

Many companies are still tweaking and finalizing budgets for the new year. And some even have extra money that needs to be spent before the end of the year or they’ll lose it. Thus, employers often have the budget for new hires and are actively thinking about their teams going into the new year.

And with budget surpluses in some departments, it may be easier to negotiate a higher salary. If an employer has money that they have to spend by the end of the year, there may be a little wiggle room for you to get that much-needed salary bump!

More time

The best part about job searching this time of year? That extra time you may have to devote towards your search! Most people have some vacation days they have to burn before the end of the year. If you find yourself in that boat, use some of that extra time off to search for new opportunities.

Grab a cup of coffee, turn on your favorite holiday movie, and take a few minutes to look at what’s out there. With an unemployment rate of 3.7 percent, your options are abundant. Take advantage of this scorching hot job market and that extra time off to find your next career move.

A fresh start to the new year

Sometimes, it’s nice having a fresh start. Many of us make new year’s resolutions like getting healthier or stopping a bad habit. However, how many of you have made finding a job that truly makes you happy as a resolution?

Starting a new job can be refreshing and there may be no better kickoff to 2019 than with a career change! The market is too hot right now for you to be working at a job that doesn’t make you happy. If you want to start the new year with a fresh start, reach out to a recruiter at JSG. We’ll help you make 2019 your best year yet.