Most people put the brakes on their job search during the holidays, falsely assuming companies stop hiring between Thanksgiving and New Years. Nothing could be farther from the truth and here is why.
Budget money needs to be spent. Many companies begin their fiscal year on January first. If hiring budgets for the year have not been spent, the money will be lost moving forward. In addition, hiring budgets are in place for next year. Recruiters and hiring managers are cranking up their candidate searches now because most jobs take 90 days to fill.
Industries ramp up. Key industries expand hiring during the holiday season, particularly retail, operations and financial services.
Less competition. Most people become pre-occupied with holiday preparations, family gatherings and travel. Because so 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. And recruiters are less likely to be inundated with resumes so yours just might jump to the top.
Networking opportunities surge. Networking is your best avenue to landing your next job. And the holidays provide loads of opportunities to socialize and talk to people who can provide job leads. Don’t ignore those holiday parties, volunteer opportunities and professional networking opportunities. They could open the door to your next career opportunity.