Who says the holidays are the worst time of year to look for a job? We’ve all heard it. But what makes that true? Is it really true? There are a few reasons why it may not be, offered here for your consideration.
Everyone is LESS Busy with Work Stuff
I know, it sounds crazy, but think about it. Between Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s, most industries (other than retail) use the time to recharge. It is very seldom that new long term projects are started, the big fall hiring push is over, as is the year-end review. Human resource professionals, other than maybe open enrollment, are getting potential openings and creating new positions for the new year. Take advantage of their down time and snag a few extra minutes of their attention. See if you get a head start on first quarter's new job openings before they hit the job boards. This not only opens your professional network it may also assist with HR recruitment efforts.
A Contradictory Job Hunt Approach
Simply put, no one else is really looking right now, because they’ve heard the rumor that the holidays are a bad time for a job search. You know what that means for you? LESS COMPETITION. Instead of having a resume in a pile of many, put yours right in front of the decision makers. Who knows? You may be the only one in the pile. Check Out our Networking Workshop
More Informal Networking Opportunities
There is always the more formal chamber events, job fairs etc, that you can use to network, but this time of year, the events are more informal and plentiful. Everywhere I look some company is hosting an event. Take part of the holiday parties and end of year celebrations. What a great chance to showcase the personality you have to go with that resume on their desk (or that they will have in their email box when they get to the office on Monday). At the more informal events, a business card isn’t a bad handout; it just isn’t the type of event for a full resume. Take advantage of a more comfortable, less pushy environment and get your name out there.
Planning For Next Year
If businesses are busy with anything, it is planning how to spend their money next year. They are looking at next year’s budget, assessing positions, possibly creating new ones, identifying those that will be vacated due to retirement or anticipated turnover. It would be nice if your name was there to consider early in the game as a candidate.
End of Year Budgeting
This may sound backwards, but it is true nonetheless. Some companies may have a surplus of funds, and in order to get the same funding for next year, they may hire before the holidays to make sure they get those dollars in the future. It may not sound like a long term proposition, but if you get your foot in the door and do a good job, you could keep the job so they don’t have to go through the same thing the following year.
It's time to toss the myth. Just hearing the stories from those that have had successful holiday job hunting, there does seem to be an element of “giving” during the holiday season that extends beyond the Red Salvation Army kettles. Just mentioning you are in a job hunt during this more socially active time may produce results that wouldn’t happen any other time of year.
In short, the holiday time is not a bad time to look for a new job. There are opportunities all year long, you just have to know where to look and how to take advantage of the seasonal set of circumstances.
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