The holidays can be a great time to land a new job.
A huge misconception is out there that companies routinely curtail all of their hiring efforts during the holiday; this is simply not the case. 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 those jobs that are available.
Hiring managers, who have already mapped out their agendas for the New Year, may be eager to use this time period to jump-start filling many of their openings. It has also proven to be a common strategy for many organizations to interview in December for positions that will start in January or February.
Holiday Job Searching Tips
• Use the holidays to evaluate and reorganize your job search. What has and has not worked?
• Consider working seasonal/temporary positions during the holidays. Temporary companies report a significant increase in job orders during the holidays as companies bear down to accomplish their goals and allow their employees to use their available vacation time.
• Volunteer – There is a plethora of great organizations around town that could use your help to distribute goods to those in need at this time of year. Many companies partner with these organizations. This could become a great opportunity to expand your networking base while also performing a good deed.
• Load your schedule with holiday parties and events. There is not a better time to take advantage of networking opportunities.
• 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.
• Don’t hesitate to call potential employers. With many companies in the midst of budget planning for the New Year, managers may be willing to offer tips on positions that will soon become available.
• Check individual company websites to see if there are openings that have not been listed with the major job search sites.
• If you’re traveling for the holidays, take the time to notify potential employers that you will in town and available to speak with them about their openings.
Take time at some point to enjoy the holidays because it will help to rejuvenate you. Remember to thank those who have provided job leads or other job search assistance. Be sure to give a special thanks to those in your close circle such as your family and friends who have stood beside you in the job search process. Keep in mind that your job search has also impacted them.
Happy holidays and always remember to keep your head in the game!