Should I search for jobs at this time of year?

The final two months of the year can be a season of change and transition. While many people are focused on holiday festivities and wrapping up the year, a year-end job search can also utilise this time strategically to find new career opportunities. 

The perfect time to secure a new job

While it’s true that many firms slow down their hiring processes during this time, it’s not a reason to put your year-end job search on hold. In fact, we find that a lot of our clients still have an appetite to interview candidates this side of Christmas in preparation for the new year. Partnering with a recruiter can be a game-changer in your year-end job search and, with the right approach, you can make significant progress toward finding your dream job. Working with Tyler Wren will give you an invaluable opportunity to make the most of the last 2 months of the year for your job search.


1. Building a Strong Relationship

Effective collaboration with a recruiter begins with building a strong working relationship. Be transparent about your career goals, skills, and preferences. The more we know about you, the better we can match you with suitable job opportunities. Maintain open communication and be responsive to inquiries and suggestions.


2. Reflect and Set Goals

Before diving into your job search, take some time to reflect on your career goals and aspirations. What type of work are you looking for? Which firms interest you the most? Are you aware of your main drivers? Setting clear goals with your Tyler Wren recruiter will help you focus your efforts and make the most of your job search.


3. Revamp Your Resume and Online Presence

Your resume and online presence, including your LinkedIn profile, are critical tools for your job search. Update your resume to highlight your most recent achievements and experience. Ensure that your LinkedIn profile is complete and showcases your skills and accomplishments. Consider reaching out to former colleagues or mentors for recommendations.


4. Network with a Holiday Twist

The holiday season is an excellent time for networking, and recruiters can play a pivotal role in connecting you with key industry contacts. Attend holiday events, industry parties, and virtual networking sessions suggested by your recruiter. In the CA space, we recommend staying up to date with upcoming CA ANZ and CPA Australia events and conferences. These connections can lead to job opportunities now or in the future. 


5. Preparing for Interviews

When your Tyler Wren recruiter connects you with potential employers, it’s essential to be well-prepared for interviews. Take the time to research the companies, practice common interview questions, and tailor your responses to match the specific role. We will provide interview preparation, alongside guidance and insights to help you shine during interviews. Also – say “yes” to all interview requests


Set Realistic Expectations

While recruiters can significantly accelerate your job search, it’s crucial to manage your expectations. The hiring process can still be slower during the holiday season due to the Christmas closedown for many firms and extended holidays and vacation time. Be patient and remain flexible in your approach.


Partnering with Tyler Wren in the final two months of the year can be a strategic move in your job search. Our expertise, industry insights, and extensive networks can open doors to exciting career opportunities. 


Get in touch with the team at Tyler Wren to find the right recruiter for you, build a strong working relationship, and interview before the year-end. With our support and your dedication, you can find the perfect role for 2024!

Caroline Tudehope | ctudehope@tylerwren.co.nz | 09 930 8521

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