Job Hunting During the Holidays

by Jennifer Miller

A question I get asked frequently around this time of year by job hunters is: “Should I even bother looking now or should I wait until the New Year?”

The answer I give is:  “Yes, you can start or continue your job search during the holiday season!”

Fiscal Year End
You may think that since the calendar year is about to end that the company’s fiscal year is ending as well.  There are two reasons why you should not be concern about this issue.

  1. Many companies have a fiscal year that does not coincide with the calendar year.  So, the fact that the calendar year is about to end may not matter to the employer.
  2. When a company needs to fill a position, it doesn’t matter what time of the year it is, they will fill key positions as needed.

It’s Party Time, Not Decision Making Time
Another concern is that during the holidays, companies may be more laid back than usual.  Many companies will have a party for employees, and some departments may have a party as well.  With all that fun, is anyone really selecting candidates and interviewing?  Yes. Although people may appear less focused on work during the holiday season, make no mistake, important decisions are still being made.

Vacation = Decision Makers Are Not Available
Another concern often voiced is that if an interview goes well, will the people needed to sign off on a job offer be available?  While this is a great time of year for many to take a vacation, there will always be someone left to mind the fort.  Also, in this digital age even if someone is out of the office they can be contacted if needed.  However, one exception is that some companies close between the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

End of the Year Job Search Projects
Throughout December, and especially during the last two weeks, you may find that reaching employers is more difficult.  You can prepare for your job search during this quieter time by giving yourself projects that do not require an immediate response from employers. Conducting online and library research, revising your resume, creating or updating your social media presence, writing cover letters, sending out resumes and cover letters, and preparing for interviews are all tasks that can be accomplished during this time.

How will you make the most of the last weeks of this year?

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