Many people believe that continuing a job search over the holidays is a waste of time. For one thing, it might seem too difficult to juggle social gatherings and holiday merriment with a job hunt. Or you may feel so burned out from the year’s events that you need a break. But it could actually be the ideal time to look for a new position. Contrary to popular belief, hiring doesn’t stop during the holidays. Employers hire when they need talent. And those key roles sometimes open up at the end of the year. Also, if your job search is already in full swing, it’s a good idea to keep the momentum going.
Because many people slow down or stop their job search over the holidays, it could mean less competition. That’s good news for serious job hunters. Let’s explore a few compelling reasons to continue your job search through the end of the year.
Long hiring process
More and more job applicants are being subjected to a long, drawn-out interview process. The average time-to-hire rate has reached an all-time high, according to research conducted by the Josh Bersin Company. In addition, the data showed that the time to hire has risen consistently for the last four years. That means you could endure anywhere from three to nine interviews and not get the job. Since companies are extending the hiring process, keeping the job search going may be wise.
Ideal time to make connections
Another reason to continue your job search over the holidays is that it’s a great time to reconnect with mentors, recruiters and former colleagues. Instead of reaching out to ask for a job lead, it’s much better to send holiday cards or emails to check in and schedule a coffee chat. Let your contacts know you’re exploring new professional opportunities and would love to connect. That way, you are prepared to kick off the new year with networking conversations already on the calendar.
Many people assume that end of year is a bad time to job hunt. Or they are just too busy with holiday events that they don’t have time to focus on the job search. That can work in your favor because it means less competition. So, if you want to stay a step ahead, continue your job-hunting activities from November through January.
Companies are still hiring
While some organizations slow down their hiring, others increase hiring during the holidays. This is especially true for the retail, e-commerce and food and beverage industries. Even if the position is temporary, it could pave the way for a full-time role. Let’s say a permanent job becomes available, and you have a positive relationship with your boss. Chances are that your name will rise to the top of the list. Also, many managers have hiring objectives they must hit before the end of the year. If they risk losing that headcount, there will be more pressure to extend job offers before the year ends. In that case, you might even benefit from an accelerated interview timeline.
Potential for other perks
Some companies slow down their projects during the holiday months. If you want additional time off before starting a new job, the end of the year is an excellent time to request it. Also, many organizations offer paid holidays to new employees. By getting a new job towards the end of the year, you can enjoy the holidays without sacrificing pay or days off. Finally, the holidays are typically full of team building and other fun work events. Starting a new role during this time will be a fantastic way to bond with your new colleagues.
With new budgets in January, many organizations increase their hiring. So, if you continue your job search over the holidays, you’ll be able to connect with hiring managers before many roles are even posted. That makes it even more likely that you’ll have an amazing job waiting for you in the new year.