Monday, October 30, 2017

Keep Up Your Job Hunt Over the Holidays - Here's Why



With the arrival of November, your thoughts may be heading to the holiday season and you may be planning to wind down your career search for the year. It's a common myth that job searching between Thanksgiving and the beginning of the New Year is not worth your time. But, according to this article on Balance.com, if you "buy into this myth about holiday job searching, you are losing one of the better job searching seasons of the year." Author Susan M. Heathfield explains that the holidays bring reduced job seeker competition and easier access to decision makers.

There are many reasons why job hunting during the holidays is advisable. Among the reasons Heathfield lists are:

- Hiring managers are looking to spend their budgets before the end of year, and hiring you may just be the way to do that.
- 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.
- Many organizations hire in December for openings that will begin in January.

Heathfield advises that 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, company websites, and social media 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 holiday season will soon be here, doesn’t mean your job search should not be in high gear.

Click here to read Heathfield's article. 

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