What were you doing this Boxing Day holiday? If you were lounging on the sofa, but doing nothing more than digesting the Christmas turkey, or watching rubbish TV, you might have been missing a trick.
For it seems the most proactive jobseekers wasted no time searching for their next new job – and they were using their tablet PCs and holiday period to get ahead of their competition.
This is according to a leading UK job board, which has reported that record numbers of people were searching for a new job from a mobile device or tablet on the day after Christmas.
The site reported a 28% rise in people looking for a new role on Boxing Day, with those living in London and seeking a role in engineering most keen to get a head start.
Job-hunting while chilling out on their sofas seems to have been the most popular way to do it. The site reports more than half of all Boxing Day traffic came from those using a mobile device – a rise of 367% compared to last year. This suggests that searching for new roles is now competing with trashy Christmas TV and having family over as the way people spend their holiday time.
Of course, traditionally, the end of one year has long been known for being the time when people start reflecting on where they are with their career, and want to see what else is out there. According to a poll by training provider Video Arts, employee turnover soars every New Year, and this year it reports 34% of those aged 18-24 say they plan to change their job in 2014.
The poll also found a quarter of those currently working believed that January is the most likely time they would leave their role to make a fresh start.
And, all the signs are that 2014 will be the biggest year yet for people wishing to make a new start. Increased restlessness over the Christmas period will, say experts, combined with the predicted rise in ‘salary tensions’ mooted for next year – where staff finally become fed up with suppressed wages and will start to demand pay rises.
So where does all this leave you? The good news is that maybe, at the start of 2014 more opportunities will open up. Employees who are quitting their jobs obviously need to be replaced.
But, the flipside is that more people looking for roles creates greater competition, and that will make it harder for you to get the cut-through you need. The best thing you could do this Christmas period is to not just look for new roles, but also brush up your CV and LinkedIn profile, so that when the role you want comes up, you’re not slow to respond from your tablet…