The snow is the perfect excuse to look for a new job

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According to our poll (see the bottom of the homepage), more than half of you are either working from home or doing no work at all today. The Evening Standard suggests the situation may be even worse, with some offices 90% depopulated and trading volumes expected to be down 70%.

However, rather than enjoying the biggest snow fall in Britain since 1991, now may be the moment to up the ante in terms of looking for a new job.

We know there are far fewer of them about, but there are still some jobs out there. And as we reported earlier, a few organizations are even adding tens of staff.

With both the snow and Britain's inactivity likely to persist for several days, this is therefore perfect time to contact recruiters (assuming that they are in the office) and to arrange interviews, safe in the knowledge that you are unobserved by colleagues and have a valid excuse for not coming in to work.

Alternatively, you could go into the office regardless in a demonstration of commitment and endurance that may aid in the retention of your existing job.

A comment on the Financial Times' Alphaville blog underscores the comparatively poor performance of the average British financier in the face of snow: "Two bankers just flew in from New York and made it from Heathrow to our office. Sadly the person they were meeting couldn't be ar*ed to make it the equivalent of 5 tube stops."