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Is Summer Really Bad for Your Job Search?

This entry was posted in Articles, Careers advice, Employment trends, JobisJob Data and tagged , , , , , on by Andrés.

There is a common perception that companies slow down or even stop hiring processes during summer months. You may feel tempted to take a break from your job search and succumb to your naturally lazy nature.

However, is this the best time to stop the search?

Based on JobisJob’s market trends, summer months present a great opportunity for job seekers. In the UK, analytics reveal that in the last 12 months there has been an average of about one million active offers per month and these figures remained the same in the July-September of 2018 period. On the contrary, the lowest period of the year was December, during end-of-year festivities, when job offers fell by 30%.

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Active offers in the UK, July 1018-June 2019. Source: JobisJob Trends.

Can we predict the same behaviour of the job market for this summer? According to most recent trends, the same seasonal pattern will repeat this year: job offers will surely not decrease.

Therefore, why should you postpone those summer plans and keep on track with the search for the best career opportunities? We give you four more reasons to reconsider your plans for the next few months.

1. It’s a matter of probability

Most likely, you’re not the only one who believed in the summer-slowdown myth. But the equation is easy − look at it this way: with less competitors in the race, your chances of being hired are higher! With hundreds or thousands of applications received for only one position, recruiters usually discard candidates based on objective parameters and don’t have time to carefully analyse each one. Fewer applicants means more possibilities of standing out.

2. Summer temp jobs can lead to a permanent position

With many employees on holiday, many companies look for temporary workers to fill vacancies. Temporary jobs and even summer internships are an opportunity to shine and convince your future employer to keep you. If not, you’ll have gained experience and narrowed the gap between your last job.

3. You can take some days off to schedule appointments

If you are currently employed, it’s easier to ask your boss for one or two days off during these months. You’ll have more freedom to schedule appointments and interviews, or even to update your resume and write some cover letters. And if you have pending holidays, why not reserve a week to plan your search? (Definitely, writing a good resume is still important: don’t forget to check some tips and keep it up to date.)

4. Don’t overlook the fact that people are in a better mood

Most people are on a higher energy level during this hot season and this can make us feel more empathic (summer boosts the mood, science says). Take advantage of it when you meet recruiters. You can also reactivate networking activities and call those old friends from school that may help you in your career shift.

Of course, some difficulties can arise. Hiring processes tend to slow down. After the first contact, recruiters and managers can also go on holiday and may postpone their final decision for some weeks. While they probably want you to settle in to your new position when the business activity starts up again, in the meantime, they have no reason to be in a hurry. You’ll need to be patient.

Data is on your side during the job search!

JobisJob Trends is a powerful analytics tool for job seekers. At a glance, you can find the market big figures, top hiring companies and recruiters, the hottest sectors and job titles, and the average salaries, among others. If you’re not from the UK, data is probably available in your country also: take a look!

Need more data? Check our specialised big data tool for the recruitment industry.

10 Tips to Be Awesome on Your First Day of Work

This entry was posted in Articles and tagged , , on by Lynn.

There’s something magical about the first day of a new job. The bright new rooms, names and faces, and all the exciting information to take in. Like Harry Potter, you feel honoured to have been the chosen one and you’re looking forward to becoming part of this new, magical world. No matter how experienced or confident you are, everyone has to battle some nervousness on the first day, and of course, battle the urge to jump in the air with joy.

Top tips for your first day of workThe first day at the new job is usually less about doing job-specific tasks and more about dealing with organisational issues. In an ideal scenario you’ll be introduced to someone who can help you along the way; who’ll give you all the necessary information and documents. It’s also comforting when a lot of nice people come to you offering bits of advice.

Everyone wants to make a good impression on their first day, and with the following tips we hope you’ll be a little less nervous and a lot more confident. Because let’s be real, it’s kind of impossible to be completely calm when you walk through that door.

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10 Tips from Successful People

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Psychologists Belinda Board and Katarina Fritzon (Psychology, Crime & Law, 2005) have discovered a correlation between psychopathic character traits and those exhibited by some top managers. There you have it in black and white, your boss is a psychopath. No, of course we’re just kidding. Though it may seem that with those of higher intelligence, the line between genius and madness is thinner than those of average intelligence, we firmly believe that what people need to become successful leaders in the modern world are empathy and good judgement.

For all who want to continue to develop as you make your way to the top, we’ve compiled a list of 10 tips that are in no way unscrupulous – they’re easy to implement and we believe they’ll help you to succeed greatly in your professional life.

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Top Tips: Steps to Take After the Interview

This entry was posted in Articles, Job interviews and tagged , on by Jeannine.

You’ve gotten through the hardest part, but remember, it’s not over. Our guide to help you take the right steps for the days and weeks after the interview. We’ll make sure you land that fantastic job!

Relax, take it easy

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You’ve been preparing for days, maybe even weeks before researching your potential employer; following them on Facebook, twitter, LinkedIn and are dead set on knowing the company inside and out. You’ve read all the help guides on how to ace the interview, picked your outfit and have bugged your mum and dad and any poor soul around to help you with mock interviews. The day of the interview arrives and you’re a little nervous but you’re relaxed because you know you’re ready. Everything goes well, you’re proud of yourself and when you walk out the door, you take a deep breath and smile.

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Ten top tips for LinkedIn’s tenth birthday

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Ten out of ten, perfect ten, power of ten… LinkedIn has just celebrated its tenth birthday, and whatever your feelings towards the professional network, there is no denying that it has changed the face of recruiting and job-hunting forever.

To mark the occasion, the JobisJob experts have compiled our top ten tips for getting the most out of your LinkedIn profile in your job hunt.

LinkedIn profile tips


1. Customise the URL of your profile page
Head to “Settings > Edit your Public Profile”, and you’ll find a box in the RHS marked “Your public profile URL”. Instead of the general mishmash of numbers and letters you’ll find, change this to something sensible, such as your name (you could even put the odd keyword related to your profession in there). This will make it far easier for any professional contacts looking for you to track you down, and looks much better on a business card.

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2. Do not overdo the skills and expertise
This will spread your endorsements more thinly and give the impression that you’re a “jack of all trades”. And besides, do future employers really need to know that you can run the 100 m quite fast? Keep to skills that are relevant and can be proven – about 10 is recommended.

3. Share industry-related information and comment in your status updates
This shows you are a committed professional. It’s said that those who post once a week are nearly ten times more likely to be contacted by recruiters.

4. Build your contacts by joining groups
Here’s a sneaky trick. LinkedIn doesn’t normally let you send invitations to connect to people you don’t know. You can get round this rule, however, by joining a group that your desired target professional contact is also a member of.

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5. Choose your headline wisely
Next to your name and profile picture is 120 characters of prime LinkedIn real estate. This is the first thing people will see about you, so choose what you say wisely. Try to get inside recruiters’ minds, and include keywords people will be looking for to ensure you show up in search results.

6. Check out other people’s LinkedIn profiles
Taking a cheeky look at the LinkedIn profiles of people who are in the same profession as you (or even the next step up the ladder) is a great trick for sizing up the competition and working out how to beat it.

7. Fill in info about courses you’ve studied
Filling this information in will make it easy for people from your alumni networks to find you. Like that weird kid who from history class who is now head of that important company you want to work for, for example.

8. Analyse your skills
LinkedIn’s profile trend tracking tool allows you to research whether or not the skills you currently list on your profile are in growth or slump, and suggests similar skills you might like to think about listing. Simply type your skill into the “Search Skills and Expertise” box to see what the biggest area of expertise is (“Size”), and which is growing fastest (“Relative Growth”)

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9. Accepting invites
Although you don’t want to get snowed under with LinkedIn spam or hitch your wagon to any suspicious types, the more invites you accept and more connections you make on LinkedIn, the larger your extended network of opportunities will be. As a result, it’s generally considered good advice to leave the door open. And you can always revert to step ten if things don’t work out…

10. Removing connections
To “unfriend” someone on LinkedIn, go to “Contacts > Connections > Remove Connections” (see below). If this seems a bit extreme, you can always just press the mute button on the status updates of overly-garrulous connections by clicking on “hide” in your initial feed.

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  • To find jobs in your LinkedIn network, try using the “My Network” tool on JobisJob.
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