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Ask Manda: Job Hunting in the New Year

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by Manda Milling

over 3 years ago

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I am not happy in my current role but have decided to stick with it until the new year, hoping the market improves. Are companies holding back good positions to advertise in the new year, or are they not recruiting anymore? How long will this last? 

I have been asked this question a number of times recently. My answer always is, 'If you are not in an unsafe or untenable situation (e.g. dodgy business practices), please stay!' Whilst there has been a market slowdown in the permanent market (as opposed to the contracting and temporary markets) towards the end of 2013, it is certainly not at the same levels as we saw in the GFC. However, as some job seekers and recruiters have discovered, around this time of year, there is increased competition for these permanent roles. 

The requirements of the hiring manager can be very specific, and they can be unwilling to consider applicants without the specific experience required. So if you haven’t already secured a new role, please bear this in mind before resigning. Whilst the temp market has been a lot more consistent, there is never a guarantee that temp work will be available. In a lot of cases, job situations improve and people are pleased they didn't move prematurely. Remember, before moving on: always think through the consequences, particularly at this time of the year. Upon reflection, it may not be as bad as you think. So with a new year, there is always new optimism. From mid-January, most people are back from their break and thinking about recruitment, and the wheel will start to turn again!


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