From careercast.com, Tony Lee writes that job hunting during the holiday season provides a “unique opportunity to stand out from the majority job seekers who put off their job hunting plans until the New Year.”
In fact, if you are currently job hunting here are five reasons to keep going… even during perceived “down time” in the workforce over the holiday:
1. Less competition
Not only do many unemployed candidates stop searching for jobs over the holidays, but those with jobs who are considering a career change usually stay put into the New Year to make sure they receive bonuses and vacation time they’ve accrued throughout the year. “Even more reason to try to beat out other candidates who are waiting for January to start their searches.”
2. Hiring managers are easier to reach
Hiring decision makers are less likely to be traveling as the holidays approach. Instead, they’re focused on finishing projects, cleaning out files, meeting with colleagues and attending holiday gatherings, say career advisers.
3. The holiday spirit pervades
Everyone is a little happier at the holidays, so leverage that good will to your advantage when trying to schedule interviews. Keep your networking up – contacts are often more available and willing to meet as work demands slow down, helping turn short discussions into long-term opportunities.
4. Get a jump on January
People who start work early in the New Year had to interview for that job in November or December, not in January. And for companies that review their staffing needs in January each year, you’ll have a head start in case a need arises quickly.
5. Avoid the rush
The New Year is full of reminders to start fresh, turn over a new leaf and set new career goals. Beat all of those to the punch by maintaining your job search through the holidays, and you’ll be on board by the time others are making their first calls.
(Source: Careercast.com – Tony Lee)
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