Meagan Lawhon discusses the four reasons why Q4 is a great time to consider making a new move in the Content & Analytics industry.
The closing of the calendar year is always a reflective period.
For some, as the welcome break of the holiday period draws closer, it’s a wake-up call that the prospect of jumping back into the same role in the new year is not as appealing as it ought to be.
The idea of a fresh challenge, clean slate… a role that fits better and really re-energizes the batteries holds big appeal.
But surely Q4 – especially the tail end – is the wrong time to start looking for something new?
Everyone else is busy winding up their years. Hiring will kick off in January… nobody’s building a team in December, surely?
You’d be surprised what a great time Q4 can be to start putting out some feelers.
Here are 4 reasons why:
1. End of Yearly Budget
Hiring managers and HR departments are looking to spend their budgets up to the wire before they are re-assessed (and cut!), so often Q4 seems a flurry of hiring activity to ensure resources are renewed in line with business needs.
2. Reduced Candidate Competition
Although there is a lot of hiring happening, the predominant candidate mindset typically is to hold off until the new year to begin a search. Especially for candidates who are unsure if making a change is the right thing to do, and want to give it a break – and a long think – the change of year is an opportunity to see if the situation changes for the better.
For those committed to making a move, getting in early in Q4 can be a major advantage and a chance to land top jobs before the bulk of the candidate competition begins to make moves.
3. Higher Engagement with Interviewer
Interview processes which take place in the latter phase of the year can be less pressured, and allow more opportunity for interviewing parties to spend necessary time in detailed discussions.
This can create a much-needed bond and understanding between new starter and future boss, which sometimes isn’t built during a frantic mid-year interview scramble.
Feeling that there is some time and space to make careful, well-considered decisions is crucial to any career change.
4. Clean Slate Start
Synchronizing a start with a new sales role with the calendar kick-off can also be a great psychological head start.
Whether the company runs their sales cycles on a calendar or fiscal year, there is still something innately motivating about having a start-to-finish 12-month stretch in a new organization that brings out a determination to succeed and leave a record of success as tidy as the calendar alignment. Strange but true.
Despite how the laid-back holiday vibe may tint perspectives, Q4 is consistently Adaptive’s most active recruiting period of the year – and 2016 looks on track to be the busiest ever!
Feel free to reach out to her on LinkedIn for a networking conversation, even if you’re not actively looking for new work.
Tel: (760) 814-9352
E-Mail: meagan.lawhon (at) adaptive-ca.com
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