If you’re in the crux of a strenuous job search, taking time off during the holidays could be the worst thing you can do. A common misconception about the holiday season is that companies are not hiring. Despite the down job market, companies are hiring and they don’t stop just because it’s the holidays. You may not find as many openings compared to other points of the year, but you may find there’s less competition for the jobs that are available.
While some companies do give their employees time off during the holidays, there are those who prefer to use this time of the year to fill openings in order to start the new year running with a full staff in place. Other companies may feel pressured to fill openings by year’s end in fear that they could otherwise lose those funds if they don’t.
With the eggnog flowing and the holiday spirits in full bloom, the holiday season could be the perfect time to approach friends and professional acquaintances for leads about possible job openings. Attend as many holiday celebrations as possible and take advantage of numerous networking opportunities.
Volunteering or accepting a part time job might just be the perfect opportunity to nail down a permanent job after the holidays. I recently spoke to an employer who told me that she was going to fill two permanent openings from a pool of candidates currently working seasonal positions in her office.
More Holiday Job Searching Tips
- Remember to give and receive while networking. Be open to sharing information you have gained in your search and look for ways to help others.
- Use your Christmas cards to update your friends, associates, and family on your current status. A note on a card can be an upbeat way to get the word out.
- If you’re traveling, plan ahead. Notify potential employers to let them know you’ll be in town and would like to drop by.
- Don’t hesitate to call potential employers. With many companies in the midst of budget planning for the New Year, managers may have tips on positions opening soon.
- Check individual company websites to see if there are openings that have not been listed with the major job search sites.
- Use the holidays to evaluate and reorganize your job search. What has and has not worked?
There will be time to take the pedal-off-the-metal at some point to enjoy the holidays. Be sure to take the time to thank those who have provided job leads or other job search assistance. Give special thanks to those in your close circle such as your family and friends who have endured the job search process with you. You may just make their holiday.
Have a Happy Holiday and always remember to keep your head in the game.