‘Tis the season of searching: searching for the right gift, the right wrapping paper, the right decorations, the right recipe. Searching for right job is likely the last thing on your mind, but that's exactly why this is when you should be looking, and here’s why:
There is less competition. What it comes down to is yes, it is tricky to look for a job during the holidays because there is so much going on. You’re not the only one who feels this way, which is why most people wait until the New Year to set their resolution of looking for a new job. LinkedIn recently shared a statistic that during the month of January, their platform sees approximately 65,000 more people on the market than in December. Interviewing before the new year will put you in a smaller candidate pool with consideration for more roles. Beyond that, you will be getting ahead of the competition while conveying to the interviewer that you are serious about your career.
Reqs might close at the end of the year. Budgets get cut and requirements get closed quarterly, but the dates become even more relevant at the end of the year. While some are looking into their new 2018 budgets, plenty are trying to make sure they don’t lose their headcount for this year. The word "urgent" takes on a whole new meaning. In fact, LinkedIn released a report that showcases just how many people are trying to fill their open roles during this time of year. December of 2016 saw an 8.4% increase in hiring compared to the year prior. Furthermore, companies who adjust their hiring practices to avoid holiday hires still saw an increase of 3.3% in their practices, making it apparent that waiting until the new year is not an option if you want to say ahead of the curve.
More opportunities to network. Let there be parties! Networking events are easy to find thanks to platforms like Meetup and Eventbrite, but there are even more chances to get out there during the holiday season. Never underestimate the network of your family and friends. All of these tools can be really helpful in getting the word on the street about your job hunt, in or outside of your existing network! So get that ugly sweater out of your bottom drawer and get ready to mingle.
Better moods all around. No matter what you are celebrating, the end of the year is a time for reflection of the previous year and excitement about the new. This generally creates a more euphoric feeling during these last few months, so make the most of it!
If you use the holidays to your advantage, this could be the best time of year to fast-track your job search, rather than adding it to your list of New Year’s Resolutions.