The holiday season is almost upon us. Halloween is right around the corner and before you know it, it’s Winter Gift Giving Time, Family Time, and Vacation Time! Many job seekers are under the false impression that employers stop hiring during this time. It’s not uncommon for the process to slow down, but in actuality many employers are still looking to add strong employees to their team. These managers are looking around the end of the year in order to hit the ground running the following year. With so many people thinking they should wait for the New Year to begin to applying for positions, competition is lessened. Below are a few things to keep in mind if you find yourself looking for new opportunities during the holiday season.
Organizations are STILL HIRING: Take full advantage of this time like you would at any other time of year. Perfect your resume, reach out to hiring manager with an email and follow up with a phone call.
LESS Competition: Many job seekers believe companies stop filling positions around the holidays but organizations are still looking to fill positions prior to January. Don’t hesitate to submit an application and with less competition you will be putting yourself in a better position. It’s also good practice to follow up with an email or call. If you see an out of office response, take note of when they are returning and reach out to them again when they get back.
Be Patient: Companies that are trying to make a hire before the New Year are often setting new hires’ start dates for after January 1. With a lot of employees using vacation it can be hard to start a new employee with nobody around to train them. If you land a position and this is the case you can now enjoy your Holidays and no work until January.
Be Flexible: The hiring processes can often move slowly at this time of year, especially if key decision-makers are out on vacation. That means employers might take longer to get back to you or need to wait for someone to return from vacation before an interview or hiring decision can be finalized. Don’t get discouraged!
Holiday Events: It’s worth attending as many events as you can. Make mention that you are on the job search. You never know who will have a useful lead for you.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Stay focused on your job search no matter what time of year it is. If it happens to be around the holidays take advantage of the fact that everyone else is out shopping or not paying attention. Follow up and Stand Out!
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