Looking for a new job in Gloucestershire? Now is the time to apply
Jobhunters in the county are expected to flock in numbers to job sites today as both employers and those looking for work look forward after the summer break.
The first Monday in September and the first day back after Christmas are regarded as two of the biggest days for job searching and employers are being encouraged to take advantage.
Darren Sherborne is a partner at niche employment law practice, Sherbornes LLP in Cheltenham.
He said: “People entering the jobs market for the first time are used to school or college terms.
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“Their parents or family are standing over them saying ‘Come on the summer holidays are over, time to look for a job’ and I think that accounts for the massive upturn.
“Now is the time for employers to refresh their websites but I would question whether they would want someone who perhaps has been sitting around over the summer and has just started searching now - I hope my son reads this.
“My experience is that employers are now looking to take on more staff. But it’s unfortunate a lot of talk at the moment is about zero-hour contracts. A lot of people won’t go for them, they’ll go for proper work.”
Simon Devitt, classified development director at Local World, said the shock of returning to work after the summer holidays increased many people’s desire to find a new job.
“Jobsites in the UK are used to big upturns in job hunting on two particular days. The first day back after Christmas and the first Monday back in September. Lunchtime on the relevant day often lead to sites hitting peak traffic and on occasions crashing.
“The theory is that this is when the most people simultaneously get back from holidays. The combination of contemplating their life while enjoying some time of work and the shock of the return to work increases the motivation to find a new job.
“Savvy recruiters are aware of this and get their recruitment campaigns live for these days but what is amazing is how few managers are aware and underestimate the impact they could have by themselves be less motivated or absent on this first day back.
“As the economy is recovering and we enter the peak season for recruitment between September and November jobhunters start back on the first day.
“Recruiters and managers need to too either to get the best candidates or keep them. Over recent years being in a down turn means that this has been less important now though with the jobs market recovering good employees can move easily.”