Why You Should Step Up Your Job Search during the Holidays
Job seekers often postpone their job search until after the new year. They reason that the holidays are a pointless time to look for a job because employers are busy working to meet their yearly goals. Or maybe they just don’t want to deal with the frustration that can accompany job seeking during the Christmas season.
But the reality is that the holidays are an especially good time to increase your job-seeking efforts. Here are six reasons why:
1. There is less competition.
You’re not the only one to consider putting off your job search until after the holidays. Take advantage of the opportunity to have less competition as you continue to contact employers.
2. Companies are gearing up for next year.
Many companies use their last quarter to project needs for the coming year. As they are considering how to meet their goals, you may be exactly what they’re looking for. Use networking to understand their challenges, and customize your “Me in 30 Seconds” statement so that you will be able to present yourself as the one to help them overcome these challenges.
3. The holidays are a prime networking time.
You will be attending Church, school, community, and family functions during the holidays. Reconnecting with past business associates, extended family members, and other social networks is a natural part of this time of year. Be prepared to share your networking résumé and your “Me in 30 Seconds” statement. Extending the network of people who have your job hunt on their radar will help you become aware of more opportunities.
4. It proves you are serious about your job search.
It is impressive to be networking, setting up interviews, and making cold calls when your competition has slacked off. Continuing to seek employment over the holidays shows a potential employer that you are diligent and willing to persevere when circumstances are more challenging.
5. Continuing your job search helps you maintain momentum.
Like any habit, taking a break and then trying to pick it up again a month later can actually take more energy and resolve than sticking with it. Don’t let yourself fall into that trap; keep up all of your hard work.
6. Historically, January is the busiest hiring time of the year.
As the end of the year approaches, employers are looking at potential hires for the next year. If you’re actively pursuing opportunities, then you will be the one on their minds. Besides, how do companies find who to hire in January? They are aware of those who kept up their job search through December.
Looking for employment might not be the first thing on your list of ways to celebrate the holidays, but you should make it a priority. There are many unique opportunities that the holidays offer that can help you meet your employment goals. And what better way to celebrate the holidays than to progress toward your goals?