Don't halt the job search over the holidays
There’s a widespread misconception that holiday time is a dead time for job seekers.
But rather than putting your search on hold, job search portal CareerCast.com recommends getting in gear in advance of the new year.
Here are CareerCast.com’s five reasons to focus on an active holiday search:
Less competition. Many job seekers take a break from their searches during the holidays, and many hopeful career changers stay put in their current jobs in order to receive bonuses and vacation time accrued throughout the year.
Hiring managers are easier to reach. Hiring decision makers are less likely to be traveling during holiday time. Instead, they’re often focused on finishing projects, cleaning out files, meeting with colleagues and attending holiday gatherings.
The holiday spirit pervades. Leverage the good will of the season to your advantage when scheduling interviews. Keep networking — contacts are often more available and willing to meet as work slows down. That can help turn short discussions into more long-term opportunities.
Get a jump on next year’s hiring. People who start work early in the new year had to interview for that job in November or December, not in January. And for those companies that review their staffing needs in January each year, you’ll have a head start in case a need arises quickly.
Avoid getting lost in the piles of resumes. In the new year, plenty of people will want to start fresh and apply for new jobs. Try and get the attention of hiring managers before they get entirely inundated.