Job Doctor: Each Tuesday Darren Robinson answers questions about career development and finding a new position.
Dear Job Doctor,
It seems like there’s been an increase in job postings this month. Does that mean it’s a good time to find a new position?
I agree; there has recently been a noticeable increase in the number of advertised positions in Luxembourg across a number of traditional and new media.
I wrote in a previous post that vacancies arise in organisations through start-up, growth, change or staff turnover. We are currently experiencing a marked increase in all of these areas in Luxembourg which are further amplified due to the beginning of a new financial and calendar year after a well-publicised “challenging 2012”.
To focus specifically about the reasons for the “recent” trend, I believe the increase can be seen to centre on three key factors: HR decisions; recent market movements; and market-place newcomers.
Firstly, many strategic and concrete human resource decisions for 2013 have now been made and are in the process of being implemented. As a result we are seeing an increase in new opportunities. However we must openly recognise that this does not directly mean that employment conditions have improved, as many of these decisions have also resulted in a net decrease in headcount.
Secondly, I have experienced and been aware of the fact that more candidates have moved jobs in the last two months than at any other time this year, and this movement in the market has created a significant momentum of replacement vacancies which are also being advertised due to their critical nature within organisations.
Finally, there has also been an influx of new operations establishing in Luxembourg with significant human resource requirements necessary to begin their activities, and continue growth plans in 2013.
As for the timing of whether it’s a good time to find a new position: there are certainly more opportunities now than there were at the same time last year, so it is now all about if you believe your motivations can be fulfilled in one of these new roles you see being advertised (see my post regarding motivations for moving).
Darren Robinson is managing director of Badenoch & Clark Luxembourg, the largest staffing and recruitment firm in the Grand Duchy.
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