It amazes me why so many people put the brakes on their job search during the Holidays. Many falsely assume companies stop hiring between Thanksgiving and New Years so there is no point putting any effort into looking for a job. Nothing could be farther from the truth and here is why.
1. Budget money needs to be spent. Many companies begin their fiscal year on January 1st. If their hiring budgets for this year have not been spent the money will be forfeited moving forward. In addition to which, hiring budgets are in place for next year; and because most jobs take 90 days to fill recruiters are cranking up their candidate searches now.
2. No one else is looking. Because many people stop looking for work during this time of year, you have less competition. With fewer qualified applicants in the market this is the best time of year to look for a new job. In addition, recruiters are less likely to be inundated with resumes so yours just might jump to the top.
3. Networking opportunities surge. It’s no secret that networking is the best way to find a job. During the holidays you will have many more opportunities to socialize and talk to people who can provide job leads. Don’t ignore those holiday parties and other festivities. They could open the door to your next career opportunity.