It’s that time of year again! The holidays are rapidly approaching, and, for many people, that means putting their job search on hold until the New Year. However, there are several advantages to continuing your job search throughout the holiday season. Let’s take a look at 4 advantages of not pausing your job search.
One of the biggest advantages of continuing your job search through the holidays is that there is less competition. Many people mistakenly believe that companies halt their search for qualified candidates until after year-end. However, this could not be further from the truth. In reality, there are fewer people applying for jobs during the holidays, which means that your odds of getting an interview are actually higher than they would be at other times of the year.
Employers are Eager to Get Hiring Wrapped Up
Yes, the holiday season is a busy time, but business doesn’t come to a stand-still. Hiring continues in Q4 with many industries trying to finalize new hires before the new year. Employers want to start the new year with the right staff in place, and with fewer people applying, this could expedite your interviewing, hiring, or onboarding process.
Q4 is a Great Time to Network
The holidays are a great time to network in person because there are more social gatherings where you can talk with people you know and meet new people. Attend holiday parties and event with the intention of meeting someone new who could be a valuable connection. You never know who you might meet!
A Head Start on Your New Year’s Goals + Resolutions
The right resume + LinkedIn profile in place could increase your chances of winning interviews and stepping into your next role faster! Rather than starting your job search from scratch in January, you can be far more strategic and hit the ground running by continuing your job search now. This will save you valuable time and energy in the long run.
Don’t let the hustle and bustle of the holiday season derail your job search efforts—there are plenty of advantages to continuing your search throughout December! From increased visibility to more time with hiring managers, keeping up your job hunt could lead to big things in the new year. So don’t wait—get started today!
If you do have some extra time during the holidays, use it to your advantage by working on your resume, cover letter, or LinkedIn profile.
- Know the role/industry you are targeting and how your skills + experience are of value.
- Update Your Resume and LinkedIn profile.
- Audit your resume and LinkedIn profile to ensure the data is in alignment.
- Create a job search strategy —determine how and where you will be spending your time searching.
- Engage on LinkedIn and built/nurture your network.