Is all you want for Christmas an interesting and fulfilling career? So many people dismiss winter as the worst time of year for a job search, but they couldn’t be more wrong. The holidays may be approaching, but the idea that businesses put their hiring on hold until the New Year is a myth.
If you are looking to start or advance your real estate career, taking advantage of the job market now in the lead up to the holidays could help you land your dream job in time for Christmas.
Beat the rush
With the popping of those champagne bottles and the start of a new year comes a fresh batch of resolutions. January is a time for change and renewal, which then leads to the job market flooding with applicants all looking for a new career in 2017. The increased ratio of applicants to jobs can actually make it harder for candidates to land the ideal position when ten other people might be interviewing for the same role.
However, joining the job search in November and December means a much lower level of competition. If you find a specific real estate career that matches your requirements, applying early and before the January rush could increase your chances of landing the role.
Narrow your sights
With only a month or so until the end of the year, it pays to be selective and efficient in your job search. Rather than applying to jobs in bulk, focus on a handful of positions and tailor your applications to suit their needs.
For example, if you are looking to start your real estate career, choose a realtor in the sector and location you want to become involved in. Invest yourself in the application and demonstrate that you have a genuine interest in best practice real estate to maximise your chances of being offered a strong and fruitful start to your real estate career. Remember, the emphasis is on quality rather than quantity.
Build relationships quickly
Most companies – HR departments, included – like to take a break over the Christmas period, normally between the 24th and New Year. If you’ve not completed your job search by this time, you might find that the relationships and contacts you have built with your prospective employers have cooled off. Therefore, securing a position means building these connections quickly and confidently before December comes to a close.
Many sectors know that they will receive a rush of business in early January after a December lull. To get their team in a strong position before the beginning of the year, hiring frequently begins in late November or early December to complete the process before Christmas, which puts you in a strong position.
If you’re on the lookout for a real estate career, you’re in luck. With so many sellers keen to market their homes in the New Year, Christmas is a busy hiring period for real estate businesses.
Engel & Völkers are one of the leading names in global real estate. If you’re keen to begin a successful real estate career, visit the Engel & Völkers website for new openings, practical real estate advice and career tips.