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The festive season is upon us! And whilst you may be slowing down in your job searching efforts, it is, in fact a great time to connect with your network and make the most of every opportunity that comes your way. There’s a general assumption that companies postpone recruitment over the festive period and whilst it can be tempting to delay your job search until the New Year, here are 4 reasons why it is worthwhile continuing your efforts, keeping your job search active and avoiding temptation to put your job search activity on ice!
Many job seekers take a break from their job search during the festive season, assuming that companies are not hiring. This means there are less applicants and therefore less competition for live roles; less competition and a limited candidate pool may increase your chances of securing a job after your interview, due to fewer candidates being shortlisted.
Some companies start planning for the upcoming year's hiring needs and may conduct interviews and make job offers during the holiday season. Being proactive in your job search during this time can position you well for opportunities in the new year too.
The festive season often brings gatherings and events where you can network and connect with professionals in your field. Towards the end of the year, Hiring Managers may have more time and clarity to talk about upcoming recruitment plans. With fewer applicants they may make more time to review the cover letters and CVs they receive and set up remote meetings in advance of January. Morale is high over the festive period, and as it’s the season of giving, you may find that people are more willing to help. Reconnect with your network, take the time to research companies that you would like to work for and consider some speculative introductions with the view of arranging meetings for the New Year.
Typically, there is often an influx of new job seekers in the New Year. This is a good reason to get ahead of the ‘New Year, New Career’ surge and take advantage of the unprecedented demand for candidates whilst there’s less competition. For those already in a job it can sometimes prove difficult to find the time to job search. The Christmas period is a great time to dedicate some time to the job search so you can re-evaluate, research companies/ jobs and bring your CV up to date. Continuing your job search during the festive season showcases your dedication and commitment to finding a job. It reflects your proactive and persistent approach to prospective employers.
Some companies have year-end budgets to use or "use it or lose it" policies for hiring. They may be motivated to fill positions before the end of the year to utilise their allocated budgets effectively. Keep an eye out for these types of positions as the year draws to a close, in particular interim and contractual opportunities. Some industries may experience a surge in demand, leading to temporary or seasonal job openings. These opportunities can provide immediate income and potentially transition into permanent positions.
Whilst there is an assumption the market quietens down throughout December, it’s important to remember that companies are still hiring, and business will continue. Consider the benefits of continuing your job search throughout this time, reconnect with your network and use the festive period to your advantage. However, remember to balance your job search efforts with quality time spent with family and friends during the holiday season. The festive season equally be a time for self-reflection and goal setting for the upcoming year. Use this time to evaluate your career goals, skills, and values, and align your job search accordingly.
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