Why the New Year is the ideal time to look for a new job (and why real estate should be on the list)

Samara Thorn 7 January 2020

Are you thinking of changing career? You’re not alone. Photo: Supplied.

If you’re thinking about changing career in 2020, you’re not alone. Most of us use the Christmas break to decide whether we’re happy with where we are in life. Should we hit the gym more often? Is our relationship fulfilling us? And of course, do we need a new job?

Global job site Indeed has found that Australian job searches spike in January, so if you’re thinking of changing career in the New Year, you’re not alone. With people setting New Year’s resolutions to try something new or coming out of seasonal Christmas jobs, it’s a time of increased market activity.

A comprehensive Seek study finds that poor work/life balance is one of the top four reasons Australians nominate for changing jobs. For many, that means ditching the desk job in favour of something that works with your lifestyle.

John Minns of Independent says he sees a spike in applicants for real estate positions every summer.

“The Christmas season makes people reflect on what’s important to them. That might mean spending more time with family, exercising when it’s still light outside or simply taking the dog for a nice long walk. So people spend the holidays looking for a career that helps them meet all their needs.

“Real estate is a rewarding career option for people who want to make a real difference in their client’s lives and are prepared to build the skills necessary for high performance,” says John. “Personal discipline is so important as is ensuring each part of your clients buying or selling experience is delivered at a high standard. Every day is different and there is a lot more involved than just putting out a sign and opening the front door.”

The Christmas period is also an opportunity to get job hunt-ready. Changing career comes with a little leg work. With the slower summer pace on your side, now is your opportunity to spruce up your CV. Keep it tightly focused on roles that reflect any relevant experience, and make sure it’s up to date.

Understand what different industries will be looking for so you can put your best foot forward.

When hiring agents, John explains “We are looking for people with ambition, resilience and a sense of purpose. Experience can be valuable but is definitely not essential as our training and performance programs have long been recognised as the best in the industry.”

Most businesses wind down over December and pick up steam in the new year, so employers are actively looking for staff to help with the invigorated workload.

“Summer is one of real estate’s busiest times. Increased marketing activity between January and April provides new real estate agents the opportunity to hit the ground running.”

For more information about what life is like as a real estate agent, visit Independent’s working in real estate guide.

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