Job hunting during Christmas is not a waste of time, despite what some may believe. The holiday season is perfect for updating your resume & applications, brushing up on your interviewing skills and applying for positions as many businesses close up-shop over the holidays.
While the hospitality & tourism industry is in full-swing during this time, other sectors take a little break, so if you find yourself lucky to have some idle time available, then put it to good use.
“You need to make sure you have enough time on your hands to manage your job search well and make good impressions on contacts you are forming. If you’re not going to be able to do your current job well, you might want to wait until you have a bit more time on your hands, or make sure your search is scaled back to meet your current availability,” advised Marjie Terry, Great on the Job’s VP of business development & client service.
A lot of professional job seekers take time-off from the job hunt over the end of year holiday season feeling they could use a break, and/or believing no one is really hiring during this period.
January is generally touted as the ideal time for job seeking, but keeping on it over Christmas is just as important.
1. Employers are still hiring. Job advertisements usually drop off at this time of the year, but there will always be businesses looking for staff due to a myriad of reasons.
Many of the employers searching for candidates are trying to fill the shoes of staff who have been transferred, or have retired. They are getting ahead of things and are intent on filling the job by December 31st, so that the new team is established ahead of the New Year, ready to hit the ground running.
2. With so many job seekers taking time off from job searching over Christmas, you stand a better chance with less competition around. Get in there before January begins when hordes of job seekers return rested from the holidays ready to crank up the heat.
3. Don’t neglect LinkedIn during your job hunt. Get online and connect with recruiters and companies you’re interested in. You may even be able to get an informal chat going as these people should have more time on their hands over the holidays and may be more willing (and in a better mood) to chat.
4. During this time of year many sectors host networking events in celebration, so why not find out if your sector is hosting one of relevance to you and do some networking with professionals.
5. Committing to a December job hunt gives you a reason to update your resume, work samples and applications, as well as practise your interviewing skills ahead of the New Year. Even if you end up cutting the job search short, at least everything (including yourself) will be up-to-date and ready to launch back into the search as soon as January rolls around, while countless others are sweating it out, only just beginning the resume & application updating process.