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04 Dec 2018

Many job seekers take a break from job searching during the holidays

Many job seekers take a break from job searching during the holidays. It’s a hectic time of year, and it can be a challenge to juggle getting ready for the holidays with keeping a job hunt moving forward. But that may be a mistake – read on to learn why you should keep up your job search during the holidays.

Contrary to what you might think, hiring doesn’t stop during the holiday season. Employers hire when they need new employees. A slower holiday season for some businesses means more time for hiring. It can also mean less competition for available jobs because of the number of job seekers who do take a break from their job hunt.

Still not sure whether you should call it quits until the New Year? Here are some reasons to keep your job search going during the holiday season.

  1. Employers are Hiring. Don’t think for a minute that companies aren’t hiring. Check the job boards, like Indeed, Seek, CareerOne and you will see thousands of available jobs that employers need to fill now.
  2. Less Competition for Available Jobs. Even though you might really need a new job, it can be hard to manage a job search when there are so many other things happening during the holidays. For some people, it’s easier to focus on the season than the job searching. That’s fine, of course, but if you’re a juggler who can multi-task, you’ll find less competition for jobs.

Keeping your job search going, this could give you a chance for an interview that you may not have got during another time of year because the candidate pool was more competitive.

  1. More Networking Opportunities. You couldn’t pick a better time of year for networking. There are many social and business holiday functions during November and December when you can connect with people who can help your job search.
  2. A Temporary Job Could Become Permanent. If you are hired for a temporary holiday season job, you might get to keep it. Companies typically keep some of the temps they hire for the holidays, and you could be one of them if you make a good impression on your employer.
  3. You May Still Get Holiday Time Off. You will still get some holiday time off from work even if you’re a brand-new employee. Many companies are closed for at least Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Others close for even longer when the holidays wrap around a weekend.
  4. You May Be Able to Negotiate a Start Date. Start dates can be negotiable. Two weeks is typical if you are giving notice to your current employer. You may be able to extend that out to a later date, especially if they are closing for the festive season period.
  5. Extra Money for the Holidays. If you get hired sooner than you expect, you will have extra money to spend for the holidays. You will also have the peace of mind of knowing that you have a job to go to. That will save some stress of worrying about having to start your job search over on January 1st.
  6. Get a New Wardrobe. Shopping for yourself is always fun. It’s even better when you can take advantage of holiday sales and discounts. If you have a new job lined up, you can shop for a brand-new wear-to-work wardrobe to start your position in style. If you’re job searching, it’s a good time to pick up a new interview outfit or two on sale.

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