If you search when is the best time to look for a new job, January comes up time and time again.

With the festive break out of the way, thoughts turn to the new year with a clear mind and focus.

January is a key time for making changes to our lives, where we want to be and how we are going to get there. Are you looking forward to your first week back in the office with positivity or are you dreading the thought? – perhaps it’s time to consider a move.

December is a very hectic month, but January is the opposite with time to consider the coming year with a clear mind. Time to be used constructively on updating your cv, searching for jobs on line, speaking to recruiters and attending interviews.

There are the fewest numbers of jobs advertised in December but they shoot up in January and February. Once we get into the New Year, recruitment budgets are put in place as firms review staffing requirements, jobs that we put on hold in December become live again and recruiters are engaged again in sourcing top talent.

If you are considering a new job in 2019 then start thinking about what your strategy will be – January will be here in a blink of an eye! Here some things to consider:

Spend some time on your CV – your CV is your own personal sales document that will help sell your skills and secure an interview - https://www.thorntonlegal.co.uk/candidates/candidate-tips/cv-tips (a few tips to help you)

Job search and networking – Scouring job boards can give you a feel for what is available but being more actively involved in networking can help boost your job opportunities.  Research by CareerXRoads found that referrals are still the top sources of new hires, a job seeker who has been referred is 4 more times likely to be hired than a job seeker without a referral. It is definitely worth investing some time here.

Get in touch with a recruiter – A recruiter can do all the work for you, making the job search less stressful. They will know what role is suitable for you as soon as they come up. Also, they will have access to hidden markets and will have opportunities that either aren’t being advertised or are being recruited for exclusively. You just need to find a recruitment company that specialises in the market you want to go into and a recruiter you can work with (like Thornton Legal hint hint!)

Meet your recruiter – It is always helpful to meet your recruiter for a coffee, this way they can get a better understanding about what you want and position you in the best possible light to potential employers.

If you are in the law, then get in touch with Thornton Legal and we will help secure you a role for the New Year. We recruit Legal Assistants through to Senior Solicitors with roles available in all areas of Private Practice, from Commercial Disciplines to Private Client, Personal Injury, Family and everything in between.

Don’t forget, once you have secured an interview you need to prepare for the next stages, this includes (with links to our tips):

Interview Preparation - https://www.thorntonlegal.co.uk/candidates/candidate-tips/interview-tips

First Impressions - https://www.thorntonlegal.co.uk/candidates/candidate-tips/first-impressions

The Resignation Process - https://www.thorntonlegal.co.uk/candidates/candidate-tips/resignation-process

How to make the most of your first 100 Days - https://www.thorntonlegal.co.uk/candidates/candidate-tips/100-days


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