If you were planning on winding down your job hunt over Christmas, we advise against it!
Hiring is still happening
Of course the festive period is the perfect opportunity to take a break, relax and enjoy spending your time with family and friends, and although hiring traditionally slows down at this time of year, it doesn’t completely grind to a halt! Some organisation’s budgets will reset in January so they are already preparing to hit the ground running as soon as New Year arrives.
Get a head start on other job seekers
You can be completely justified in deciding to take break from your job hunt over the festive period to recharge, and focus on your strategy. However, it pays to keep the momentum going and get a head start on other job seekers in January.
Five reasons why you should keep up your job hunt
1. There’s less competition
Many candidates who are in between jobs stop searching for new positions over the festive period, and those with jobs who are thinking about making a change tend to wait until the New Year to take advantage of holiday leave and bonus pay-outs. So there’s less competition right now for any companies who are on the lookout for new hires.
2. It’s easier to catch people
Hiring managers are easier to get hold of and are likely not to be travelling as much as usual as the holiday season approaches. It’s more likely that they are finishing up on projects, catching up on administration before the holidays, meeting with colleagues and attending holiday gatherings.
And while some may take some time off between Christmas and the New Year, plenty will still be in work, or checking emails at home, so you could still catch them if you’re making contact (plus as many businesses and job seekers do take time off, they’ll have fewer emails to answer).
3. People are happier
Take advantage of the Christmas spirit. Everyone seems a little happier and friendlier during this time of year, so use that to your advantage when scheduling networking meetings for the New Year.
Focus on the networking at this time of year too, as you may find that people are more willing to meet as work demands slow down, helping turn short discussions into long-term opportunities. Remember that all the Christmas parties will give you the opportunity to meet new people and expand your professional network. So keep an open mind (and ears) when attending events.
4. Get a head start on the New Year
Get a jump-start on January by leveraging your professional network so they understand exactly what you have to offer. Many companies review their staffing needs in January so be well prepared and create the opportunities for the right people to get to know you.
5. Avoid the January panic
You can avoid the usual January panic if you keep going and maintain momentum during the Christmas break. The New Year is always full of reminders to start afresh, to think about a ‘new career in the New Year’, turn over a new leaf and set new career goals. Keep up your job search efforts through the holiday period, and you’ll be ahead of the game by the time others are making their first calls.