December is the time of year when many people put their job search on hold and wind down in preparation for the festive season. However, a survey by the online executive career network ExecuNet stated that 69% of recruiters report placing as many, or more candidates in December compared to other months. The advice of 94% of the 500 hiring managers surveyed by Accounting Principals is that job-seekers should keep up their search right through to the end of the year. In fact, if you wait until January, you will face one of the toughest and most competitive months of the year.
In 2018, the world experienced several large-scale data breaches including Mariott Hotels having their guest information copied and stolen, affecting 500 million people and Google+ exposing the personal profile data of 52.5 million users. With the introduction of GDPR in May, 2019 will see more severe consequences for companies who do not handle their data in the appropriate manner.