Making the Most of the Holiday Hiring Season
By Todd Weber
Here in Tennessee, it is football time. That also means Halloween is around the corner. Followed by Thanksgiving and Christmas. Before you know it we’ll be talking 2015. For people looking to make a career moved it is the easiest time to get sidetracked. Family, gifts, travel, time off, it can all add to the stress and disorganization of the holiday season.
Keep it up, though…because the end of the year can be one of the BEST times to find a new career! Here are 5 reasons why the final 3 months of the year can be the best time to ramp up your job search.
1) One main reason to keep up the hard work is the fact that your competition may not be. Many people fall into the misconception that it’s not worth looking for a job this time of year. With the market as competitive as it has ever been many people are giving up for holidays. If companies have leftover budget and need to get a job filled you could be facing much less competition and a short hiring process than you ever imagined.
2) Budget. We have all heard that one before. Many companies will have left over budget that must be used before years’ end, which could mean they’ll make an offer before January. If you have made the proper contact, interviewed, and impressed you are ready to answer the call that comes in January.
3) This is also a good time to use time off during the holidays. Lots of people have left over vacations or unused personal time. Perfect. Send emails, do research, go interview or drop by to network with someone. People tend to be in better moods and happier during the holidays. Use it to your advantage and go meet someone who can help you land that next great opportunity.
4) Think about volunteering. There are plenty of opportunities during the holiday season, not only does it help those in need, but it can help you professionally. Volunteering can help expand your network, meet new contacts, learn some new skills and build your resume.
Social gatherings can be used to your advantage too so use them. As you meet new people who are influential make note and follow up with them after the party or at another appropriate time.
I am not saying this is the perfect time of year to be job hunting but it can be very beneficial if you are able to make the most it. It can be a great time to build the relationships that you do need to land a job. So in between family time, egg nog and gift giving, take some time to place yourself in a great position for a new job in the new year!