The snow is falling, festive music is playing, and people everywhere are talking about their travel and party plans. It’s December and the holiday season has officially begun! For job seekers, the thought of taking some time off during the holidays is hard to resist. But before you shut down your computer and set aside your job search for December, our employment experts have a few insights you should consider.
Tips for Job Searching over the Holiday Season:
More Networking Opportunities
Employers may be less busy and more relaxed now that they have wrapped up projects for the year which means their schedules are often clearer and they have more time to chat. This is the perfect opportunity to introduce yourself to employers and ask for an information interview to learn more about the company and any upcoming job opportunities
The holiday season is also a chance to reconnect with your network. Reach out to existing contacts to wish them happy holidays. It can spark a fresh conversation and remind them that you are searching for work. If you haven’t done so already, ask for a reference.
Tip: This is also a perfect time to thank those people who have been particularly supportive or helpful during your job search. No need to buy gifts –– a personalized greeting message will show your gratitude and help them keep you in mind for next year’s opportunities.
Fewer Job Seekers Means Less Competition
At this very moment, some employers are planning to start the new year off with new hires. And with many job seekers opting to take a holiday break, there will be less competition for those new positions. Applying early, just as new positions are posted, might give you a big advantage –– hiring managers will take notice of an enthusiastic job seeker applying when most are not. So get those cover letters ready!
The Year-End Wrap-Up
While some companies are planning next year’s job openings, others are will want to wrap-up their hiring before the year-end. Now is a good time to follow-up on past interviews where a decision has not yet been made. Don’t go into the new year thinking what if… Find out now and start January with a clean slate.
Your Own Wish List
Use this time of year to consider your options and do what serves you best. If you need a break, take it — without guilt or doubt. After all, everyone needs a chance to relax sometimes and you can come back to your job search in January rested and reinvigorated. If you do decide to extend your job search into December, do it knowing it’s a worthwhile endeavour.
Happy holidays from all of us at JVS Toronto!