Why do so many people change jobs in January?
January and February are traditionally very busy times for job seekers, hiring managers and recruiters alike but why do so many people change jobs in January? There are of course many reasons why people change roles but there are several reasons why they do so en masse.
There is a myth that the job market stalls in November and December. This is more of a self-fulfilling prophecy than anything else. Yes, it can take longer for the interview process to progress to offer stage, but hiring managers are still looking to fill their vacancies and typically would like new starters to join the team in January. The myth though can mean that people delay starting their search until the New Year.
A lot of companies shut down over the Christmas period which gives two more reasons for the spike in job seekers. Any long break from work increases the likelihood of people considering a job change. Time off can make people reassess their day to day lives and make them realise that they are dreading going back to work. If that is the case then it’s probably time to change. Job hunting can be a very time consuming process, particularly in the early stages when you have to write a CV and find jobs to apply for and recruiters to work with. The long break means that people finally have time to do that.
With all that time off people will fill it somehow and the internet is a great way to kill time. Who knows, you may even stumble across the perfect job for you!
There are several common New Year’s resolutions; join the gym, lose weight, stop smoking and get a new job. They can be a great motivation to get stuff done that you have been putting off for whatever reason.
Finally, back to that myth. Because everyone thinks that there will be lots of jobs in January, they think it is worth “seeing what is out there”. This is of course true – if lots of people are looking, that should lead to a lot of recently vacated jobs, which will need to be filled by other people.
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