August 4, 2011 5:52 AM Subscribe
Londoners: Is November a bad time of year to begin a job hunt in your city? (Over and above the difficulties already imposed by the current financial situation, that is.)
posted by tuckshopdilettante to Work & Money (13 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I am a South African with British citizenship/an EU passport. For various reasons, I'll be returning to London after an extended absence, and seeking employment (I'm a highly experienced Digital Producer/Project Manager).
I have to choose between two possible timeframes in which to make the move: November 2011, or March 2012. I'd prefer to get over there as soon as possible (i.e. November), but in South Africa, things (work-wise) traditionally wind down the closer it gets to the Christmas period, which is also when many employees take their annual leave. I've found that, in my industry at least, many companies are reluctant to hire until the start of the new year. Do you experience a similar 'slow down' in London over this period?
I'm going to try and set up as many interviews as I can (fingers crossed) before I leave, but I can't afford to mill about on a limited budget/crash with relatives indefinitely. I realise that I'm already handicapped by (a) the fact that I'm a foreigner, and (b) the current economic situation in the UK. I don't want to make things any harder, if possible. If this is a traditionally slow period, March may be the better option, no?