Want to improve your chances of landing an online job this 2022?
If so, why not start sending your resumes to companies as early as possible? After all, “the early bird catches the worm first.”
As you can probably guess, this article talks about the reasons why you should start your remote job hunting during the year’s first quarter.
The new year brings more than just joyous celebrations; it also brings plenty of opportunities. For applicants, it is another opportunity to try their luck on applying for a job. While for companies, the first quarter is a time to know which direction should the company take this year.
There Are More Job Openings During This Time.
Without further ado, let’s start with the increase in job openings during the year’s first quarter. During this time, companies are setting new goals to improve their performance for the year. To achieve these goals, they’re going to need more manpower. This creates new positions in the company for potential applicants.
Applying during the year’s first quarter gives you more freedom and leeway to choose which jobs to apply to. It allows you to choose which job position to go for. And which companies to send your resume to as well. So you don’t have to apply to a job opening you don’t want to because it’s the only one left.
Workers Are Leaving Their Jobs for Better Opportunities.
Another reason why companies are eager to hire applicants during the first quarter of the year is because employees are leaving their jobs for better opportunities. This happens when employees feel that their work is not challenging anymore. Or perhaps, they believe that their current employer is underpaying or undervaluing them.
A study by Sprout showed that during the first half of 2021, the monthly attrition was 33%. In addition, a Microsoft survey in 31 countries from March 2021 shows that 41% of workers worldwide are considering leaving their current employers. In the US alone, 4.5 million Americans left their work last November.
Why didn’t they leave earlier, you may ask? Because they didn’t want to waste their Christmas bonus and other holiday bonuses, that’s why. Companies know this; that’s why they post their job openings during the first quarter instead. So if you’re looking for a time to apply, your best bet would be on the year’s first quarter.
Companies Now Have a New Budget to Work With.
The arrival of the new year comes a new fiscal year for companies. And with it comes a new hiring budget that hiring managers can use. This allows them to hire new employees based on the company’s needs. Of course, the bigger their hiring budget is, the more employees they can hire for the company.
You’re Refreshed and Eager to Work During This Time.
Another reason why you should do your remote job hunting during the year’s first quarter is that you’re refreshed and reenergized during this period. Spending most of the holidays with your loved ones lets you take a step back from your applications and regain your motivation. With this, you’ll be more confident when writing your resume or conducting your interviews.
That said, because the holiday season has just passed, responses to your application may be slow. The number of applicants also adds to this, as companies now have the time to carefully select their applicants. So expect their responses to be either on the second or third week of January.
And there you have it! Here are the reasons the first quarter of the year is the best time for remote job hunting. As the Philippine economy slowly gets back on its feet from the effects of Covid, companies are once again opening their doors to new applicants. If you want to take advantage of this, you’d better start early.