If you kicked off 2018 by tidying up your CV and browsing online for a new role, you’re not alone. As meeting requests begin to bombard your inbox and deadlines loom, the prospect of switching to a new job sounds like a good one.

January 24 is the busiest day of the year to search for a new job, according to Jobs.ie search data.  Based on 2017 figures, traffic on this day is 37% higher than the yearly average.

The first quarter of the year is typically the strongest hiring period, with 3,956 roles advertised in January 2017.

Research shows that job searches typically slow down in December, as job hunters wind down and turn their attention to the Christmas festivities. Visits to the site in January are 39% higher compared to the months of November and December.

The most in-demand roles in the month of January are in the hospitality, sales and transport and logistics sectors.

Christopher Paye, General Manager at Jobs.ie commented:

“Traffic to Jobs.ie increases significantly at this time each year, with 24 January the busiest day of the year on the website.

“Christmas and New Year’s often afford busy professionals time away from the day to day demands of work, and in doing so, provides people with the headspace to reflect on their goals and priorities for the year ahead, including their career ambitions.

“This has typically manifested itself in increased user traffic across the month of January, and based on recent history, job seeker activity has peaked on 24 January.  The Irish economy is in a particularly vibrant place right now and as a result, there are more opportunities than ever before for job seekers looking to embrace a new challenge or embark on a new career in 2018.”

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