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Yes, Virginia, you can get hired during the holiday season...

I often hear from job seekers that they prefer to wait until after the holidays to start their job search.

The common misconception is that companies do not hire during the holiday season.

However, this belief couldn't be further from the truth.

In fact, many companies actively recruit during this time, taking advantage of the slower pace to evaluate candidates and potentially fill key positions before the new year begins.

I have had multiple candidates receive job offers and secure employment in the month of December and even New Years Eve! 

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So, rather than delaying your job search, consider leveraging the holiday season as an opportunity to connect with employers and seize potential job openings.





Do not wait until January...

By postponing your job search until after the holidays, you run the risk of falling behind those who had the foresight to start earlier and take advantage of potential opportunities. 

Starting early allows you to get a head start, network with key contacts, and position yourself as a strong candidate in a competitive job market.

Don't miss out on potential job openings and valuable connections by delaying your search. 

Take proactive steps now to ensure you stay ahead of the game and increase your chances of success.

So, rather than delaying your job search, consider leveraging the holiday season as an opportunity to connect with employers and seize potential job openings.

Timing Is Everything

Let's consider an example from another domain.

When is the ideal time to buy a house?

Typically, the real estate market reaches its peak in the spring. This is because people are coming out of their winter hibernation, school years are coming to a close, and they begin looking at the possibilities of moving.

However, people looking for a house in December are serious buyers, not tire kickers. In fact, I have purchased a house in December.

Now, let's look over this for a moment.

Companies that are hiring during the month of December are usually serious about filling positions. They are not simply posting jobs because they have to. 

In fact, many companies increase their hiring efforts during the holiday season in preparation for the new year. 

This is a time when businesses are planning for growth and need to fill key roles before the start of the new year. 

Also, there is often less competition during the holiday season, as many job seekers postpone their search until after the holidays.

This means that your resume and cover letter have a better chance of standing out among a smaller pool of applicants.


Strategic Advantages of Job Searching During The Holidays

Hiring during the holiday season can actually work in your favor if you play your cards right.

Firstly, companies often have an extra budget towards the end of the year, and they need to use it or lose it. This means they may have more job openings and be willing to offer better compensation packages to attract top talent.

Secondly, there is less competition during the holiday season as many job seekers postpone their search until the new year. This allows you to stand out among other candidates and make a great impression on potential employers.

Additionally, networking opportunities increase during this time as companies host holiday parties and events. This is a great chance to connect with hiring managers and showcase your skills and experience in a more casual setting.

Lastly, remember that many companies have projects and initiatives planned for the new year that require staff training and onboarding before they begin. By starting your job search during the holiday season, you can position yourself as an eager and motivated candidate ready to hit the ground running in the new year.

Take Advantage of the Holidays for Your Job Search

How can you take advantage of this opportunity and increase your chances of getting hired during the holiday season? 

Here is some advice to keep in mind:

  • Network at holiday events: With all the holiday parties and gatherings, there are plenty of opportunities to network with professionals in your field. You can attend company holiday parties or reach out to your connections to see if they know of any job openings.

  • Show your enthusiasm and availability: Employers are looking for candidates who are enthusiastic and available to work during the busy holiday season. Make sure to express your excitement for the job and mention any flexibility in your schedule.

  • Utilize seasonal job postings: Many companies, especially those in retail or hospitality industries, advertise for seasonal positions during the holiday season. These short-term jobs can be a great way to earn some extra income and gain valuable experience.

  • Follow up: After submitting your application, don't be afraid to follow up with the company. This shows your interest and can help keep your application top of mind.

Don't let common misconceptions keep you from pursuing job opportunities during the holiday season. This time of year can actually be a great time to get hired if you approach it strategically and take advantage of the unique benefits it offers.

Remember, even if you don't land a permanent position during the holiday season, temporary or seasonal work can still lead to future job opportunities.

And even if you do miss out on job openings during this time, it's important to stay positive and continue searching for opportunities throughout the year. 

So, don't let the holiday season stop you from pursuing your career goals. 

Happy job hunting!


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