Each year, as we roll into the holiday season, many job seekers wonder: Should I continue my job search during the holidays? The truth is that the month of December might be the best time to look for a job! You’ll likely have way less competition and be able to capitalize on the opportunities that are available to you this time of year. Here are just five of the top reasons to keep that job search rolling:
1. Employers Are Hiring
If you are inclined to think that employers stop searching for new employees during the holidays, think again. This is especially true if their budgets are tied to the calendar year because they know how much money they have available to spend on recruitment and salaries. They might also be more apt to hire before the end of the year so they can maximize their budgets, instead of potentially losing that money after the calendar flips. And in some industries, January is a busy month, so they want to staff up now to be able to hit the ground running come the new year.
2. Less Competition During the Holidays
Since many job seekers put a hold on their job search during the holidays, there are plentiful opportunities for you if you keep your momentum high. While the average corporate job opening receives 250 resumes, with fewer people looking toward the end of the year, that number drops significantly. That means that your resume is more likely to be seen by the employers and recruiters who are looking for you.
3. Exceptional Networking Opportunities
December is full of parties, events, and other gatherings—so much so, that most people have very full calendars. That’s a big plus for you and provides you with multiple opportunities to meet key decision makers and others who can help in your job search. Whether you go to events thrown by professional associations, alumni networks, corporations, or friends and family, you’re bound to interact with some great people. Remember to let them know that you’re looking and be specific about the kinds of roles and industries you’re targeting.
4. Seasonal and Part-time Roles Could Become Permanent
The holiday season is a prime hiring time for several industries, including retail and hospitality. If you are unemployed and looking to do something to get your foot in the door or earn a little extra cash, you have a great opportunity to prove yourself and transition what started as a seasonal or part-time role into something more permanent. This is also true of contract positions. If a company is bringing on additional help during the holidays, that work may continue well into the new year. And if you’re already a member of the team, the likelihood that your contract will be extended is high.
5. Gain an Edge on New Year Job Seekers
New Year’s resolutions being what they are, there is often a surge in hiring come January 2. That results in more competition for the roles that interest you. By continuing your job search during the holidays, you’re positioning yourself for success, whether it’s in the month of December or further on down the line. Even if companies are waiting until they receive their 2022 budgets to start hiring, by starting (or continuing) your efforts now, you’re getting on their radar. That’s because hiring managers and recruiters probably have a good idea what’s coming down the pike, even if it’s not currently advertised. And if you meet them and start chatting at a holiday get-together, guess who they’ll have top of mind when they’re ready to hire? Yep: You.
DO Continue Your Job Search During the Holidays
There’s no doubt that by maintaining momentum on your job search during the holidays, you will put yourself in a great position to find success—if not in 2021 then certainly in 2022. Continue to reach out to employers and recruiters, apply to positions, and mix and mingle throughout the season. Your commitment can pay off dividends on your quest to find the perfect next job.
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