Are you thinking of taking a break from your job search during the holidays? Don’t.
Keep going strong on your holiday job search. Here are 5 reasons why:
Many Companies Still Hire in November and December
It’s a myth that no hiring happens in the last two months of the year. Lots of companies still hire in this time. Some companies are gearing up for January projects. Others still have budgets to use in the last quarter and will spend that money on filling new positions. Many more are simply thriving in a good economy and the calendar date has no effect on the hiring they’re doing for growth.
Even If the Company Isn’t Hiring Now, They Might Be in the New Year
If for some reason the company has slowed hiring down during the holiday season (possibly because it’s a smaller company), they’ll probably get back up to speed quickly in January. If you’ve made those contacts, they’ll remember you when those positions do come open.
Other Job Seekers Will Take a Break
Because so many job seekers will take a break during the holiday season, they won’t be crowding the field. You’ll naturally stand out with fewer competitors for those open jobs. That means you’ll have a better chance of getting interviews.
Recruiters Are Still Working
Recruiters don’t take a break in November and December because there are still jobs to be filled. The holiday season is a great time to reach out to them. If you’ve sent your resume to them before, resend it with a nice holiday note. It’s an easy reason to make that contact.
The Holidays Are a Perfect Time to Network
Networking is always a fantastic way to get job leads and interviews, and the holidays are a perfect opportunity for networking. Most people expect cards and emails during the holidays, so take advantage of that. This is your chance to reach out to people you haven’t in a long while. Send a card, an email, or a message on LinkedIn or Facebook. Wish them a happy holiday season, tell them what you’re looking for in terms of a job, and offer your assistance with anything they might need. (See perfect messages in the Hidden Jobs Finder.)
Don’t forget about in-person events, too. Lots of people and organizations host holiday events, and these are great opportunities for you.