When is the best time to look for a job?
This year is drawing to a close extremely fast, and many people will be at the point where they evaluate their life and start making a New Year's resolution. According to Statistics Brain, only 8 per cent of people achieve their set goal by the end of the following year!
Now that your semester of study and exams are coming to an end with the holidays looming large, you may turn your life towards finding a job in the industry you've just studied. Securing a job that fulfils your passions could be your new resolution – will you be a part of that 8 per cent?
Finding a relevant job can be a tedious, demotivating task sometimes, but it's a matter of knowing the right approach and when to start looking for a job. Here, we break it down for you.
The silly season
Many people feel merrier and more relaxed with the Christmas period coming up. According to a study by the American Psychological Association For those currently in a job, whether an internship, Christmas casual or volunteer work, it can get stressful as customer numbers increase or deadlines inch closer.
However, seeing flashes of green and red ornaments and cheery music, it can contribute to a global mood of festive happiness. December is the month of giving, after all, and what better to give than a smile?
It is possibly because of these reasons that job opportunities arise. Maybe it's because employees leave for greener pastures or companies have funds leftover from the financial year to hire, but typically, January and February prove to be busy months for hiring new recruits.
That doesn't mean you'll have to wait until after the new year to start applying, however. Christmas casual jobs are a great opportunity to get some work experience and will up your chances at securing a full-time job. The busiest hiring time for casual workers lies during the summer seasons in New Zealand, as Seek explains, because there are many part-time opportunities where you can get your foot in the door of your preferred industry.
Tailoring your job search
What does it mean? When finding a full time job, January and February seem to be the best months across many industries, but having completed your studies at AIS, it doesn't mean you should apply for just any job available.
Learn what employers are looking for and aim to meet the those objectives.
To tailor your job hunting to find work that suits you and uses the skills you have learnt, you'll need a more specific approach. For example, retail jobs top the bulk of Christmas casuals, while other industries such as financial and business services may not flourish as well during this period. Keep that in mind when applying, and don't let it dissuade you – if you're applying with a CV listing your relevant skills, it only helps in your favour during slow recruitment months.
It's important to know the current trends of your chosen industry, which our student careers centre can help you with. According to Seek, hospitality, tourism and retail seem to be the biggest contenders, as demand rises due to the influx of tourists to our country each year. This highlights the value of our hospitality programmes and the demand for skilled workers.
To stand out amongst all other CVs, there are several things you can do. The first is use a recruitment agency. You'll have their reputation backing you, and you'll also be opening up a realm of exclusive jobs that aren't available to many others.
You can also tailor your interview habits for each job opportunity. Professionalism is always a priority, but the new year is also a good time to expand your long term goals.
Lastly, make sure your skills are up to date. According to a 2015 report by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, 35 per cent of surveyed employers admitted a difficulty in hiring due to skill shortages.
For more information about study or work opportunities, contact our expert team today.