Want a new job in 2024? You should start applying now – here’s how to improve your chances

By Nathalie Marquez Courtney

It won’t be a surprise to learn that January and February are when job hunting heats up.

Multiple job search companies say that the start of the year is big for hiring, with January accounting for almost 10 per cent of annual job postings in the UK.

How to get ahead of the New Year job hunt wave

All this change can often mean new opportunities emerge. But savvy job-seekers know that towards the end of the year is the time to start dusting off the resume and to start applying.

Not only do some employers begin advertising new year roles as early as December, but having all your ducks in a row means you will be well set up to pounce on any exciting job openings in the new year.

What can you do now to put yourself in the strongest possible position come January? Read on for some simple strategies.

Define your dream role

Whether you’re keen to grow and learn, want to change industries or find somewhere with a more competitive salary and benefits, have a clear idea of exactly what you want.

And while a salary jump might seem like an obvious thing to add to the list, try not to place too much importance on it.

According to one survey, 64 per cent of respondents said better pay and benefits were top priority when looking for new jobs, but almost as many, 61 per cent, said they were looking for greater work-life balance and better personal well-being.

Jot down a few bullet points listing the ways a new role could positively impact your life (e.g. a remote or hybrid job that cuts down your commute, a great learning and development programme) and use this as a benchmark when exploring job listings.

Suss out salaries

Researching salaries will not only yield valuable info about how your current salary stacks up, but you’ll also pick up interesting data about what companies are the big players in your industry and what changes it has undergone.

Gathering this information can not only help make sure you are fairly compensated when it comes to salary negotiations, but might also alert you to areas of growth within your industry and valuable upskilling opportunities.

Nail networking

Putting it out there that you are considering a job change, even if done casually over lunch, is a powerful way of planting the seeds of change.

Doing so now means you will be top of mind when jobs start being posted, and you may find more opportunities being sent your way.

Studies show that your weaker connections can be more valuable than stronger professional ties when it comes to helping you find a new role, so consider re-connecting with people you haven’t talked to in a while.

Audit your online presence

Use this time to give your online presence a review and refresh. Is your personal brand strong and clear about what you have to offer? Are you sending a cohesive message across your various social networks?

If you’re social media shy, having some kind of a presence, even if it’s a simple one-page website, can have an impact.

A 2017 survey showed that 57 per cent of employers were less likely to interview a candidate they can’t find online, and over half had decided not to hire a candidate based on their social media profiles––so it’s important to thread the needle and make sure you are putting out what you want employers to see.

Feeling ready for a fresh challenge? The Euronews Job Board has thousands of open roles, like the three below.

Textiles and Soft Goods Purchasing Team Lead, Bergfreunde, Kirchentellinsfurt

One of the largest outdoor online retailers in Europe, Bergfreunde is seeking an experienced Textiles and Soft Goods Purchasing Team Lead with a passion for outdoor products and trends. You will lead a 16-member textile team and be responsible for planning the complete purchasing budget. Benefits include 30 vacation days, yoga and fitness classes as well as team hiking events. Interested? Apply for this job now.

Market manager, Airbnb, Paris

Airbnb is looking for a Market Manager with an entrepreneurial mindset and passion for travel and the sharing economy to manage professional host accounts and build Airbnb’s strong market presence. Through this role, you will develop a deep knowledge of your assigned geographic markets and become the go-to source for all information relating to local trends and market dynamics. Explore the role here.

Head of Sales Enablement EU, SumUp, Berlin

Financial tech company SumUp is hiring a Head of Sales Enablement in the EU. In this role, you will develop and implement a cohesive and consistent training and ongoing coaching guide for sales teams within the EU SME space. You’ll have at least two years of experience in sales enablement, strong analytical, communication and interpersonal skills as well as a passion for small businesses. Keen to know more? See all the criteria here.

Explore exciting roles across Europe by visiting the Euronews Job Board today.


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