The Duke and Duchess of Sussex officially stepped back as “Senior Royals” last week (8th January), which is also traditionally the biggest week of the year for employees to hand in their notice.
Pavan Arora, Director of Permanent Recruitment at Acorn Recruitment says:
“Statistically, the first working week in January is the most popular week for people to start looking for new roles – every year we see an increase of around 60% in people applying for new jobs through our website.
“The first week back at work after the festive break is always difficult and there’s nothing like a New Year to get people thinking about their options.”
However, if like the Duke and Duchess, you’re thinking about handing your notice in, Acorn recruitment has some advice for those thinking about heading off to pastures new:
- Be open: It seems like Buckingham Palace are “disappointed” with the way that Harry and Megan made their decision so try to be open with your current employer if you are unhappy in your current role. If you speak to them before making any changes, you might find they’re willing to negotiate some new terms with you.
- Be professional: Even if you can’t stand your boss and want to skip out of the building, it’s worth thinking about the etiquette when you resign and show as much professionalism as you can. It’s not a time to point out the weaknesses of the company, if you’ve made your decision, just do it.
- Be legal: Make sure you know the terms of your contract, particularly your notice period and any clauses that may prevent you moving to a competing business.
- Be certain: It may sound obvious but don’t hand in your notice if you’re not completely sure and you’re expecting a counter-offer. You will almost certainly be disappointed when you don’t get it and even if you do and decide to stay, it can be difficult to come back from a resignation and you could potentially end up leaving a new employer hanging on.
- Be prepared: Do it as early in the day as you can – take a written letter with you but try to hand your notice in first thing.
“Despite an increase in people looking at new jobs, our figures show us that, year on year, the interest is there but there isn’t any subsequent spike in numbers leaving their jobs in January.
“What we almost always see, as a leading UK recruiter working across a wide variety of sectors, is increased interest in the vacancies we are promoting across the board in line with the ‘new year, new you’ mindset many of us are quick to adopt during this period.”
“January is more about the stimulation of interest than it is ‘quick fixes’ in our experience. This conventionally leads to increased activity within the jobs market itself during the first three to four months of the year, with those first ‘New Year’ job changers most likely starting to come through in the next four to six weeks at the earliest.”