Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Job Hunting During the Holidays

It is a common myth that job searching between Thanksgiving and the beginning of the New Year is a waste of time. And if you are buying into this myth, then you are losing out on valuable job searching time. The holidays bring with it reduced job seeker competition and are, therefore, a great time to keep on the hunt.

There are many reasons why job hunting during the holidays is advisable. The first of which is that many hiring managers are looking to spend their budgets before the end of year, and hiring you may just be the way to do that. Additionally, those same hiring managers are busy at the end of year coming up with goals for the New Year, and you may be just the person to help them accomplish those goals. Finally, many organizations hire in December for openings that will begin in January.

During the holidays, job seekers should continue their search despite the date on the calendar. They should schedule time to work on their job search, be in touch with their recruiter, and work on interviewing skills just like they would any other time of year. Job seekers should also continue to check online job boards for new jobs. Orion’s job board is constantly being updated with positions available all over the nation. Networking, even during the holidays, continues to be important, as well. Finally, job seekers might consider sending holiday cards as thank-you notes to managers with whom they have recently interviewed.

The holidays are one of the better job searching seasons of the year. And sitting complacently by from November to January does nothing but hinder your job search. So remember, just because the holidays are upon us, doesn’t mean your job search should not be in high gear.

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