March 20th was the first day of spring for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, meaning we are now officially in the season of new beginnings. Springtime has always been a smart time for seeking out new jobs. It’s the season of rebirth and hope—the sun is shining, the skies are blue, flowers are blossoming and things just feel nicer and better. Traditionally, there is a pre-summer push for companies to search and recruit for talent, but then, when summertime arrives, hiring traditionally slows down and the window of opportunities practically closes during August. However, this year is likely to be different.
Although there were needs to hire in 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many people were not aggressively looking for a new job. A Workforce Confidence Index survey of 5,520 members in late January found that people were reluctant to leave their position for another one. They were “sheltering in their job,” afraid to take the risk of switching jobs during such uncertain times. The prevailing sentiment, according to the survey, was that professionals—even if they didn’t like their current jobs—were willing to wait a little longer until things start to look more stable before they’d consider looking for a new opportunity.
This sentiment is now changing. Voluntary job-leaving increased significantly in 2021 as employees resumed job searches put off previously, and as we inch closer to a post-pandemic future, people are eager to make up for lost time, meaning all sorts of businesses—such as restaurants, hotels, and airlines—are needing to quickly hire. There’s a race to staff up quickly and get the best talent before the competition does.
Prepare yourself for a rapid increase in hiring. Update your resume and LinkedIn profile. Get in touch with recruiters who specialize in your field. Tap into your network and let them know you’re open to a new role. Find decision makers at the companies you’d love to work for and introduce yourself to them.
Practice your elevator pitch. Join online job-related networking and career advice meetups. As companies are calling for a certain percentage of workers to return to the office, upgrade your wardrobe from your Covid-19 sweatpants. So much has changed over the last year. Don’t take anything for granted. Before the interview, do your homework. Find out as much as you can about the company, its culture and people.
We are so close to the dawn of a new and exciting post-outbreak era and in the midst of a wave of new jobs. There should be rapid, aggressive hiring to meet this pent-up demand. You want to be ready for it when it happens.
Information on our job search programs at the YWCA Employment and Learning Centre can be found at: Employment & Learning
This article was adapted by Shaylyn White. You can view the full original article by Jack Kelly at Forbes here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jackkelly/2021/04/05/why-this-spring-season-is-the-smart-time-to-start-searching-for-a-new-job/?sh=6f8467f4450e