The year is slowly drawing to a close. While many are likely to be recovering from over indulging and celebrating, there are a select few of motivated job seekers out there, taking advantage of this time of year by getting those valuable applications in ahead of the masses.

It's pretty much impossible to miss the new year, new you messages all over the media. Whether it's starting a new diet, new gym, looking for new clothes or even a new house, typically towards the end of the year it'll be "next year I'll sort that out". With new jobs, the mentality is often the same. However, getting in before the new year rush can be hugely beneficial. Here's five reasons why:

1. December job hunting.

It's recruitment's best kept secret - until now. What many don't realise is that December is in fact a great time to look for a job. Work calendars are clear and people that are in the office generally have more time to really find out more about new applicants. While there are typically less people applying for your dream job, and more time being spent by recruiters seeking out that perfect applicant, it seems obvious to take advantage of this key time. Get searching now!

2. Beat the new year rush.

It's no secret that most people looking to change jobs will postpone their search until January. Why not beat the competition and get in early? January is typically a busy month for recruiters, with many hunting for new jobs in the hope of lifting their back-to-work blues. A survey of 6,000 workers by the Randstad UK found that 69% of them were feeling confident about moving to a new role in the next few months, with 24% planning a change within three to six months. Landing your CV on your future employer's desk at this time of year can be hugely advantageous in terms of visibility and being seen first.

3. End-of-year leavers.

While many are preparing for the January job rush, those that have planned a little more in advance will be starting their new jobs in the new year, meaning that many employers are recruiting for roles to fill this December. It's no surprise that some choose this time of year to leave current roles - this could be down to waiting for a end-of-year bonus, not wanting to return to the same place of work the following year, or planning a longer festive break away from the office. Although some employers see this coming, some are caught out by unexpected departures, presenting a great opportunity to fill that gap - keep an eye out for last-minute openings.

4. Budgets.

Hiring and budgets often go hand-in-hand, and at this time of year budgets are typically approved for the coming period, with the 31st December being the most common fiscal year end. Many managers need to spend their remaining budget by the end of each year or they could lose it altogether - investing in new employees at this time could be mutually beneficial, as January budgets are often a little tighter as the planning for the entire year begins.

5. Employers want to be ready for January.

Hiring might not actually be as slow as you think. Depending on the type of business you're looking to join, some are ramping up the hiring of new employees in readiness to start the new year off with fresh talent and new goals. Getting in ahead of rush means you're able to stand out as motivated and enthusiastic, taking the time to apply for your future role while others are winding down. This puts you at an advantage compared to those who have their feet up seeing out the rest of the year by the fire. By getting in early you're helping yourself and your future employer start the new year off right.

Get in ahead of the rush and apply for your next role now. There's still time to brush up on those interview skills too, to really impress your future manager - see our tips on how to prepare for an interview here.

Good luck and Happy New Year!

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