As the Holidays are upon us, most job seekers tend to forego their search and wait until the first of the year because life gets a little more hectic than usual. There is a common misconception that employers stop hiring around this time of year; although that may be true for some companies, it is not a generality. Instead of waiting for your New Year’s resolution to be finding a new job here are a few reasons to keep your search going now:
- Competition is not as stiff: If your logic is that no one is hiring, you are not the only one; which gives you an advantage should you choose to continue your search. Multitasking will be necessary but if can keep yourself organized, you may have the opportunity for interviews that others will not and still be able to spend time with your family.
- Unemployment benefits have a time limit: If you are receiving unemployment benefits, keep in mind that the only unemployment compensation available is 26 weeks and sometimes less depending on the state you live in. Make sure you keep in mind how much longer your unemployment benefits will be available before you consider halting your job search.
- Networking opportunities: With all the different holiday parties and events going on, you will have the chance to connect with people who could help you find your next opportunity. During this giving season, most people will be excited to meet you and help you if they can. Having a business card handy with your contact information (to include LinkedIn) so they know how to contact you at a later date.
- Holiday time off is still a possibility: Everyone worries about being the new person in a company and whether time off will be granted. It is important to keep in mind that many businesses are closed for Christmas and New Years which means you may still get some extra time with your family to celebrate the holidays.
As you keep all these tips in mind and despite all the time and energy you are spending on finding your next career move, make sure to also take some time and enjoy those around you during the Holidays!