7 Tips for Capitalizing on the Holiday Job Hunt
It's common for people to scale back their job search during the holidays. But as it turns out, this is the perfect time to give your search a boost.
A recent article by US News and World Report outlines why the next few months are one of the best times to be available in the job market. Here are its tips for making the most of the holidays.
1. Don't believe that no one hires in December.
On the contrary, many organizations are in a rush to hire someone who can start right after New Year's. To do that, they need to interview and make offers now.
2. Take advantage of a drop in competition.
HR managers often report that applications slow down this time of year, making it hard to fill positions. That's good news for you.
3. Be flexible.
Organizations have to balance interview schedules with their staff's vacation time. The more available you are, the better your chances of landing a job.
4. Be patient.
Hiring decisions at this time often have to wait until key decision-makers return from vacation. Don't be worried if it takes longer than usual.
5. Don't let rejection ruin your holiday spirit.
Unfortunately, searching for jobs near the holidays might lead to a rejection near Christmas. Remember that it's part of the process, and don't let it bring you down.
6. Don't be surprised if your start date is next year.
Bringing you on during the holidays — while everyone else is out — would only serve to confuse everyone. If you can't start until January, try to enjoy the extra time off.
7. Use holiday gatherings to your advantage.
Who knows, someone you talk to at a party could have a useful job lead. Attend as many events as you can, and feel free to bring up your search in conversation.