Posted by Brian McCullough
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Reader Rebecca from Virginia writes:
“Several people are telling me that I should put my job search off until the new year. They say no hiring gets done around the holidays. But I can’t wait a month for monetary reasons. Is this true?”
Brian answers after the break…
It’s true that hiring slows down during the holidays. Think about it, all work kind of slows down this time of year. This is equally true, by the way, for job searching in general. December has always been the slowest month at ResumeWriters.com. I guess people have other things on their mind this time of year and they put off certain activities until they have more time to focus.
However, the end of the year can be a great time to job search for several reasons:
- January is the busiest month for hiring and job searching. If you begin the process now, you can get in ahead of the rush.
- The holidays are a great time to network. Think of all the office parties and holiday parties in general you’re going to attend. This is probably the most social time of year for interacting with big groups of co-workers and friends. Use this time wisely to get your name and job search goals out there.
- The holiday season is a key time for temporary workers. If you need a job now because you need money fast, consider temping. In certain industries, temp jobs are plentiful, and you never know, it could always turn into something permanent.
- Even if there are less jobs posted this time of year, the ones that are posted are probably sorely needed, high priority positions. If, like you, the employer can’t wait until the new year to fill a vacancy, that probably means you can get hired right away.
- Even if you have a hard time scheduling an interview in December, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get on the schedule. If you can line up an interview for your dream job now, don’t sweat about waiting a month. A scheduled interview is better than nothing.
In short, I admit that December is the toughest month for job search. But for Peet’s sake, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try! In fact, for all the reasons listed above, job searching during the holidays can be to your advantage strategically. While everyone else is slacking off, you can be kicking your job search into high gear.
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