Job Search: Resisting the Urge to Hibernate
As the calendar turns to November, it can be tempting for job searchers to ease up on their efforts. They reason that potential employers will be too busy with holidays and end-of-the-year wrap-ups to focus on hiring so why not just wait until the new year to get a foot in the door.
While it may be more challenging to schedule interviews when offices are closed on certain days or some staff members are using up vacation time, don’t assume hiring is being postponed. Some businesses have new openings because of a new budget in January and are eager to have all their ducks in a row before then. Likewise, retirements and internal promotions are common near year’s end, oftentimes leading to vacancies.
Snoozing also could lead to losing if you don’t take advantage of holiday networking opportunities. Alumni groups, professional associations, and other organizations frequently hold get-togethers at this time of year, providing plenty of chances to mingle, meet new contacts, and learn about potential opportunities. Similarly, use the season as a natural time to contact people in your network with seasonal cards or emails.
Finally, job seekers may be able to take advantage of a smaller candidate pool during the final few months of the year. While the competition is out shopping or traveling, you may be able to grab a little more attention from a prospective hirer.