Why You Should Have Started Your Job Search Yesterday

In this post I discuss culpwrit.com’s new article, “Now is the Best Time of the Year to Search for a Job.”

I recently read an article by culpwrit entitled, “Now is the Best Time of the Year to Search for a Job.” I was skeptical, considering that from the eyes of a college senior, I don’t need to be job searching until April or May. As it turns out, I was wrong. The article pulls data from reference checking firm, Allison&Taylor. According to them, we are currently in one of the two best times of the year to search for a job. However, we are quickly coming up upon one of the worst. Here is the breakdown:

Best time to search: September to Thanksgiving (aka right now) or January to April

Worst time to search: Thanksgiving to New Years and early summer through Labor Day

A lot of this makes sense when you think about it; everyone is busy with the holidays from Thanksgiving to New Year, and who wants to focus on work during the summer.

Okay, so you have to start your job search ASAP. Now what?

Here are a few steps to get yourself headed in the right direction for your job search.

  1. Clean up your social media. You can pretty much guarantee that a company will be checking out your online presence before they decide whether or not to interview you. Don’t ruin your chances before you even step foot in the door!
  2. Update your LinkedIn page. Make sure your LinkedIn page (and your resume for that matter) are updated with all of your experience. Look over your past work and familiarize yourself with it again. You need to be prepared to talk about yourself!
  3. Dress the part. Once you make it to the interview stage, dress for success. First impressions are everything and the way you dress can make a huge impact. Check out this article from The Muse that decodes the always confusing “business casual.”

Until next time,

Ashley

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