Conventional job-seeking wisdom says that everyone takes the month of December off, so there’s not much point in looking for a job then. A recent article by HR pro John Sullivan lists 20 reasons why top-notch recruiters don’t take December off.
Well, job seekers – here are 20 reasons to stay on track with your job search during the holidays:
- What better gift to give….than a being a great candidate. You’re not intruding on employers, you’re helping them find a great new employee that will support the business and help it grow.
- Recruiters may have more free time. If a company has downshifted for the holiday season, all the regular projects, standing meetings, and other parts of a recruiter’s workload may have downshifted as well. This frees up more time for looking at YOUR resume, taking calls, and scheduling initial interviews.
- If you’re currently employed but looking to make a change, December is the month when it’s the easiest to find an acceptable excuse to leave the office without letting your employer know that you’re job-hunting.
- There’s not as much competition. Most job seekers assume that December is the worst time to look for a job and take the month off, so you’re more likely to stand out in a smaller group of candidates.
- Activities such as job fairs are rarely scheduled during December, so recruiters have time to catch up on any backlog of work. They’re less likely to be flooded with new resumes and calls, since most job seekers are taking a break, so this is a great time for your resume to get some extra attention – make sure you’re ready to take that phone call when it does.
- Hiring managers may finally be available. The same downshifting and reduced workloads that most employees experience during the holidays also applies to managers that are in a position to move ahead in the hiring process.
- It’s a great time to work your network for referrals. During the holidays, many people connect with family and friends they may not see during the rest of the year. Make sure your network knows that you’re looking and what you’re looking for, so they can refer you to their employer when they return to work.
- December is bonus payout time – if you’re employed, did you get a bonus? Did it match your expectations? Are you being recognized for the value you bring to your employer? This might be a good time to open a conversation with some new prospects if your career isn’t headed in the right direction.
- People are highly active on social media during the holidays. Since you’re likely to be online more often, make sure that active recruiters can find you via social media such as Facebook and LinkedIn. It’s a great time to freshen up your profile and develop your social media job search plan.
- People answer the phone during the holidays when they’re expecting to hear from family and friends. Take advantage of this extra availability and reach out to your network. The holidays give you a reason to make contact other than asking for help in the job search.
Stay tuned for Part 2!