Holiday Slowdown? Not for Job Hunters.
Here’s Why You Should Continue Your Job Search Through the Holidays
As the year draws to a close, many are ready to take a break from job applications and recruiter calls. However, in a year that has proven to be nothing short of unpredictable for hiring; those who are looking for a new position have a unique opportunity to get ahead in their job search during this “break.”
The benefits of applying and (ideally) securing a role before the new year extends beyond timing; they encompass strategic career planning and a competitive edge in the ever-evolving job market.
Here are 5 reasons why you should reconsider putting the job search on hold before the new year:
1. Reduced Competition and Increased Opportunities for Open Positions
Many job seekers postpone their search until the start of the year, believing that companies wait until January to make new hires. However, proactive candidates who explore opportunities in December can capitalize on a less saturated job market and potentially secure interviews before the influx of applicants in January.
But just don’t take our word for it, according to a survey by Glassdoor, job openings and application rates tend to peak in January, making the pre-New Year period an opportune time to stand out to recruiters and hiring managers. (Source: Glassdoor Economic Research, 2019)
2. Strategic Networking Opportunities During the Holiday Season
By attending holiday industry events, virtual meet-ups, and professional gatherings you can connect with fellow industry professionals in your desired field and bolster your job search.
Engaging with industry insiders can lead to valuable insights, referrals, and even job leads. Establishing these connections ahead of the new year positions you as a proactive and dedicated candidate.
3. Companies Often Have Hiring Budgets that Need to Be Used by EOY (pending their fiscal year)
By positioning yourself as a candidate ready to start in the current year, you may appeal to organizations looking to fill vacancies promptly.
Demonstrating your understanding of their budgetary constraints and your eagerness to contribute immediately can make you a more attractive prospect.
4. Showcasing Your Initiative and Commitment to Prospective Employers
Applying to roles and taking interviews and/or networking calls sends a powerful message that you are proactive, organized, and serious about advancing your career.
These qualities are highly valued in fields that demand creativity, strategic thinking, and the ability to adapt to rapidly changing landscapes.
5. Positioning Yourself for Strategic Career Growth
Securing a role before the new year not only places you at the forefront of hiring considerations but also positions you for strategic career growth in the coming year.
Starting a new position early in the year allows you to integrate into the company culture, build relationships, and align yourself with organizational goals from the outset.
In conclusion, embarking on your job search for a communications, PR, or marketing role before the new year offers a plethora of benefits, ranging from reduced competition to strategic networking opportunities and the potential for accelerated career growth.
By capitalizing on the unique dynamics of the holiday season, savvy job seekers can set themselves apart and pave the way for a successful and fulfilling professional journey in the coming year.