New Year, New Career: The Fresh Start Effect

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New Year, New Career: The Fresh Start Effect

  • Publish Date: Posted over 4 years ago
  • Author:by Jenni Brown

​​As the clock struck twelve on the 1st of January 2018 many of you were setting the famed and dreaded New Year resolutions, some of these you will stick to such as resisting those costly nights out or spending more time quality time with loved ones, some you will not, such as the dreaded January diet or exercising more (and no…parking the car further away and walking some extra steps does not count!) …but there is one resolution that, should you choose to make it, you should 100% stick to.

2018 will be the year you find a job you love. In January 2017, 59% of the UK workforce were actively seeking new employment, so if you are considering a new move there is no better time than a New Year it brings a new outlook, a fresh start and a time of change.

There are 2 major reasons for searching in the New Year, not just the fresher outlook and mindset.

The job market winds down towards Christmas, with employers usually holding out until the New Year continuing with the resources they have. With budgets tight, training time limited December is usually a pause on new hires. This means come the start of a New Year, budgets are reset, and employers are internally analysing teams to ensure that 2018 is successful, which will likely result in assessments of necessary roles. Here at The ONE Group, we had 355 in January compared with 205 roles in December showing a 73% increase in roles.

With an abundance of roles, decisions need to be made. Would you like to stay in this sector? Or even in this role? Are you an admin temp sick looking to stick down roots in a marketing role? Take steps to further develop your skills and decide what you want from 2018 and beyond. A career, role or organisation change is nothing to be afraid of.

The second reason being, research suggests a phenomenon “fresh start effect” this means you are more likely to succeed with a “temporal landmark” behind you, these can be the start of a new week, month, year, school term, or a birthday. The motivation that a “temporal landmark” encourages also leads you to feel more confident about yourself, this confidence could help you achieve a new role, coming over more confident will help you at interview stage and even when writing your CV.

As a nation, we tend to underplay our achievements, shy away from “bigging” ourselves up, but why should you? Remember things you’ve done that could entice an employer, did you organise a Macmillan bake sale? Are you head of the team activities? Can you play the piano blindfolded? It’s not always about your skillset, yes you need to be able to do the job to the required standard but don’t underplay any other achievements you have, remember people like people not stale CV’s with pages and pages of “I am a hardworking individual” why are you a hardworking individual? Be your biggest fan.

So, whether you’re buying a 12-month gym membership that you will never use but are too ashamed to cancel or you're going to cycle more i.e. the first two days until you decide it’s too cold and you’ll start again in May.

Make a new job the resolution you stick to.