Why you shouldn't take a holiday from your job search during the Holidays
Mugs of hot cocoa, sweater weather, and holiday cheer… it’s easy to let your job search activities lapse in the month of December. You might think that there is little payoff to a December job hunt. After all, this is the time of year when the job market slows to a halt, right?
With the new year around the corner, December puts pressure on recruiters to fill empty roles. Job openings during this time tend to be real and accurate – and worth your while. Unlike during peak hiring season, when some jobs may be posted only for compliance reasons, the listings you see employers posting now are highly necessary roles. Companies want to fill these roles now and may be more flexible in their selection criteria. The downside? These positions fill quickly, so if you’re taking a holiday from your career search, the job you wanted will be gone before the ball drops in Times Square.
Another advantage of staying active during December is a decrease in competition. Many people are planning trips home at this time, and others do not want to make a career change until after the holiday season. While other candidates chill in front of the fire, updating and getting your resume out to employers now means you are more likely to be noticed by hiring managers. Even if an open position isn’t available until after January 1st, you’ll be ahead of the competition with your resume already on the hiring managers desk when employers set their new year budgets.
Finally, even if your dream job listing isn’t yet posted, use December to network. This is the perfect time to connect with old friends and colleagues, particularly those who work for a company that interests you.