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Here’s Why Now is the Best Time to Apply for Your Dream Job

Here’s Why Now is the Best Time to Apply for Your Dream Job

As we enter a new year and return to everyday life, there are many of us who will be looking for new jobs and opportunities. Anyone who has ever had to seek employment knows just how difficult it can be, but what if there was a specific time during the year when it was easiest?

You may believe that due to the Internet and sites such as LinkedIn or the hundreds of other job sites available, seasons don’t really have an impact on when you’re most likely to be hired. This couldn’t be more wrong!

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Without a doubt, the best time to start looking for a job is when you need one, but at this time of year you have a significant advantage. According to employment experts, not only is the new year a fresh start for you, it also represents the launch of hiring season for numerous companies and organizations. Employers will be embarking on new projects and initiatives, which means they will need additional staff.

A study conducted by Executives Online found that 36% more client briefs were issued in January 2013 than in the months beforehand. Meanwhile, the ratio of new candidates receiving new jobs was higher in January than any other month, a massive 24% higher than it’s runner up.

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The quicker you are to send your application in the better, because most people neglect job seeking during the holiday season. There is a common belief that hiring managers will be away during the festive season and so sending out resumes is a waste of time. Although the former part of this idea may be true, those managers will be returning one day and will have positions to fill. If you send your resume to an employer right now, chances are you’ll be one of the first candidates they’ll see when it’s back to business.

Kathleen Brady, author of GET A JOB! 10 Steps To Career Success, told Business News Daily, “The seasons correlate to business cycles. During the first quarter, businesses ramp up to set the objectives and targets for the year. There is a flurry of hiring activity to support new initiatives, and to replace employees who announce their departure after collecting year-end bonuses.”

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If the company you apply for executes their budgets according to a traditional calendar, chances are they will not only have a strong budget in place already, they may even have extra money to spend. Aaron Green, the proud owner of a staffing and recruitment firm, wrote, “businesses that report their financials on a regular calendar year may be waiting for new budgets to kick in after December 31–their headcount quotas may increase and they therefore may be very motivated to bring on new staff as soon as they can flip the page on the calendar. Or they may want to fill a position before their headcount quotas are reduced in the New Year’s budget.”

Meanwhile, summer is unanimously regarded as the worst possible time to job hunt. Studies show that productivity in the workplace can reduce by almost 20% throughout June to August, and that’s amongst employees who already have a job. This is widely known as the “Summer Slump” because employers are much more likely to go on vacation or avoid tasks that aren’t essential so that they get off work a couple of hours early than to sit and read dozens of resumes. The only jobs that do see a steady hiring rate throughout the summer months are outdoors trades such personal trainers.

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If you’re looking for a job, it is time to ensure your resume is accurate, detailed, relevant and proofread. It’s time to start handing it out!

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5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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