The majority of job seekers assume that most companies are not hiring during the holiday season and they should wait to start their search in the New Year, but that’s simply not true. You can land a new role before Christmas, but if it doesn’t happen, make sure it’s not for lack of trying. Get yourself out there!
Reasons why you should start your job search before Christmas:
- Less competition – If a role needs to be filled, clients will not stop searching for the perfect person just because Christmas is around the corner. Plus, with fewer people applying for those roles, your chances of at least getting through to the interview stage are much higher.
- More networking opportunities – The Christmas season brings with it several parties to attend, and each event is a chance to network and get word out there that you are looking. The more people that know, the better your chances are of getting through to a recruitment team.
- Stand out from the crowd – The fact you are dedicating time during the festive period to job searching conveys a dedication that will impress recruiters and employers.
- Less stress in the New Year – If you begin your search in December, the likelihood of starting your new job in January are significantly greater. If you are successful in securing a job before the Christmas break, you will truly be able to relax during your time off, instead of feeling stressed out about starting the search in the New Year.
Take advantage of the Christmas events to network!
Some tips on how to secure that job:
- Keep your schedule flexible – Some companies will want to do their interviews before December 25 and move quick, so make sure you keep your schedule open and flexible in December.
- Clean up of your social profiles – Recruiters and employers will most likely be looking at your profile so make it as private as possible. Only allow people to see what you’d be happy for them to see.
- Send speculative applications – Don’t be afraid to send out a speculative application to a company that you would like to work for. However, make sure you speak to the recruitment team beforehand and ask them if they would be interested in receiving your application.
- Stay in touch with decision makers – If things don’t work out before Christmas, staying in touch will help you get a head start ahead of all the other applicants once the New Year begins. Make sure you stay in the back of a hiring manager or decision-maker’s mind.