Online CV expert iProfile.org predicts 7 January will be one of the busiest days of the year for sending out CVs and applying for jobs, as job-seekers all over the UK put the Christmas festivities behind them, and send their CVs out to recruiters.
More than 2.7 million people in the UK have an online CV through iProfile, giving the company a unique insight into when most job-hunting activity takes place.
Rick Bacon, CEO of iProfile comments:
“January is always a hectic time in the recruitment market, as many people reflect on their career over the Christmas period, even making finding a new job their New Year’s resolution, and then start job-hunting in the first week back at work. In 2008, January 10th was when we saw the largest volumes of CVs updated and sent to recruiters.
“In 2009, we expect to see an even bigger upsurge around this time. In fact we’re expecting record volumes of CVs due to the large number of people who have been made redundant in the last few months, but have delayed looking for a new job until after Christmas.”
One employment lawyer has estimated that 60 percent of people who were made redundant in the latter part of last year have put off their job search until after Christmas. This compares to just 10 percent for the same time period in 2007.*
This upsurge, combined with statistics from iProfile.org’s database that show Wednesday is the busiest day for people sending out their CV, means iProfile has identified January 7 as the busiest day for sending out CVs post Christmas for 2009.
“There are a number of things savvy job-seekers can do to give themselves a competitive edge in this busy period,” comments Rick Bacon, CEO of iProfile.
“For example, in the current marketplace, it’s important to look at your skills as well as your achievements and experience, to see which of your skills you can transfer to an industry that might be experiencing or predicting job growth.”
“Getting your CV and achievements together shouldn’t just be for those who are actively looking for jobs either. If you do get made redundant you’re unlikely to get much warning – it’s a good idea to be prepared and get all the information you need for a great CV.
“Quite often you won’t be allowed back to collect the evidence of your achievements, such as sales figures, or how you managed an award winning campaign.”