Finding a job in January

As the end of January nears, more people are looking to their resolution list and wondering how to continue, for some, how to start. If finding a job is on that list, experts say it's not too late.

Jennifer Hill, recruiter and author of "Stop Hoping... Start Hunting," says January is a time fewer people are looking, which means a better chance for you to fill an open slot. It's also a high turnover time for people who were unhappy with year-end bonuses and reviews.

"You see a huge influx of hiring in the months of January and going into February," said Hill. "January is the best time for somebody to look for a position, and the reason for that is, most companies have allocated their budgets at the end of December slash beginning of January."

According to Hill, marketing, IT and Human Resources are booming, especially for recent graduates. But even for those who don't have a college degree, now is a time for re-invention.

"In January, it's all about new beginnings," said Hill. "It's about going out there, it's about reinventing yourself."

Hill suggests networking with friends and former colleagues to find a new job. She also encourages social networks like Linked In. For those who were laid off, she suggests finding the positive in the experience. For instance, many people in manufacturing worked in their industry for 20 years or more. Hill says use that experience to your benefit.

"I would encourage someone who doesn't have a college degree or maybe has one specific skill, is look at the skill, the thing you do well, and find other ways to apply it," said Hill. "Say manufacturing is down, depending what sort of background you have, maybe construction is up because they're starting to build new homes again, so it's all about perspective."

Hill's book, "Stop Hoping, Start Hunting," is available at Barnes and Noble or onAmazon.


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