Date posted: 26/02/2019 3 min read

New year new career February: the month most jobs are advertised

With the new year in full swing, now is the time people hit the reset button and set new career goals, with the most common resolution being to find a new job.

With the new year in full swing, now is the time people hit the reset button and set new career goals, with the most common resolution being to find a new job.

Yet many forget that February is the key time to get those job applications in order, with more job openings becoming available and fewer applications than in January.

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) have today issued advice on the top tips to land your dream job, and why February is the ideal time to make that career move.

"Your odds of getting hired in January are negatively affected by the fact that so many people start new job searches at the beginning of the year, causing greater competition for available jobs," said Lee Whitney, CA ANZ Group Executive, Account Management.

"Budgets are often reset in January across a range of industries meaning employers are in the position to hire new team members by the time February comes around." February 2018 saw a 2% increase in job ads month on month as businesses ramped up planned hiring activity in the new year1.

"It's an exciting time to be a job seeker, particularly in the accounting profession, as lots of positions within this line of work are poised for sustained future growth," said Whitney.

Whether you are seeking a career in finance or are just wanting to make a career change, CA ANZ has put together a list of the five essential steps for job seekers to consider before taking that leap in a new direction:

1. Review your career goals.
Whether you want to live for work or work to live, the people who take the time to write down their goals and implement an actionable and timely plan are much more likely to reach their aspirations than those who do not.

2. Upskill.
Now, more than ever, employers are looking for people who can work across a variety of fields.

One way to expand your skill set is through educational programs offered through member bodies and institutions.

For example, Chartered Accountants ANZ offers educational programs with flexible learning solutions designed to keep pace with global trends and give you a competitive advantage.

3. Sort out your finances.
A lot of people are quick to jump into a new role without considering how it will impact on their future financial status, or if the extra money is worth the extra hours they will need to commit to a new role.

4. Grow your online brand.
Having a strong personal brand matters.

How you are seen online can potentially affect your reputation in regards to possible future employers.

Without sending a single tweet or Facebook post, you are still out there, just by owning an account and being visible.

5. Network, network, network.
Networking can help you get hired and grow your career.

LinkedIn reported that 70% of people in 2016 were hired at a company where they had a connection.

Whitney explains that at the very core of it, landing that dream job has less to do with luck and more to do with hard work.

Ultimately, the more skills you can accrue, the better.

"For example, as well as the Chartered Accountants Program, our continuous professional development education offers a range of learning pathways across leadership, insolvency, talent management and more, helping you stay ahead and providing a competitive edge to any resume," said Whitney.

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