Top Reasons to Keep Job Searching During the Holidays

  1. Employers are hiring: Don’t think for a minute that employers aren’t hiring.  Check the job boards and you will thousands of available jobs that employers need to fill.  Be sure to check the leading job sites regularly so you don’t miss out on job leads.
  2. Less Competition for available jobs: Even thought you might really need a new job it can be hard to manage a job search when there are so many other things happening during the holidays.  For some people, it’s easier to focus on the season not the job hunt.  That’s fine, of course, but if you are a juggler who can multi-task you’ll find less competition for jobs. That could be a chance for an interview that you may not have got during another time of year because the candidate pool was more competitive.  Keeping your job search organized will help you manage multiple priorities.
  3. More Networking Opportunities:  You couldn’t pick a better time of the year for networking. There are many social and business holiday functions during November and December when you can connect with people who can help your job search.  Not sure how to do it? Here are some tips for holiday networking when you’re job searching:  Don’t be shy.  Most people are thrilled to have the opportunity to pay it forward by helping you out – especially during the holiday of giving.  Consider getting a business card made with your contact information and the URL of your LinkedInpage, if you have one.  Bring a supply with you to give to the people you meet at networking events and holiday parties.  Have an elevator pitch ready so you can quickly share information on your background.
  4. Salary and Benefits in place for the New Year:  It’s always good to start January with your life in order, if you can.  Having your compensation set for the year not only helps pay the bills, it also helps with budgeting and tax planning.  
  5. A Temporary Job could become permanent:  If you are hired for a temporary holiday season job, you could get to keep it.  Companies typically keep some of the tem[s they hire for the holiday, and you could be one of thme if you make a good impression on your employer.  Companies typically keep some of the temps they hire.
  6. You may be able to negotiate a start date:  Start dates can be negotiable.  Two weeks is typical if you are giving notice to your current employer.  You may be able to extend that out to a later date, especially if there are Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays when the business is closed.  That would give you a bit of extra time to move a start date back.

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