5 Reasons To Continue Your Job Search Over The Holidays

Monday, November 27, 2023

Many people believe that continuing a job search over the holidays is a waste of time. For one thing, it might seem too difficult to juggle social gatherings and holiday merriment with a job hunt. Or you may feel so burned out from the year’s events that you need a break.

But it could actually be the ideal time to look for a new position. Contrary to popular belief, hiring doesn’t stop during the holidays. Employers hire when they need talent. And those key roles sometimes open up at the end of the year. Also, if your job search is already in full swing, it's a good idea to keep the momentum going.

Because many people slow down or stop their job search over the holidays, it could mean less competition. That’s good news for serious job hunters. Let’s explore a few compelling reasons to continue your job search through the end of the year.

Long Hiring Process

More and more job applicants are being subjected to a long, drawn-out interview process. The average time-to-hire rate has reached an all-time high, according to research conducted by the Josh Bersin Company. In addition, the data showed that the time to hire has risen consistently for the last four years. That means you could endure anywhere from three to nine interviews and not get the job. Since companies are extending the hiring process, keeping the job search going may be wise.

Ideal Time To Make Connections

Another reason to continue your job search over the holidays is that it’s a great time to reconnect with mentors, recruiters and former colleagues. Instead of reaching out to ask for a job lead, it’s much better to send holiday cards or emails to check in and schedule a coffee chat. Let your contacts know you're exploring new professional opportunities and would love to connect. That way, you are prepared to kick off the new year with networking conversations already on the calendar.

Less Competition

Many people assume that end of year is a bad time to job hunt. Or they are just too busy with holiday events that they don’t have time to focus on the job search. That can work in your favor because it means less competition. So, if you want to stay a step ahead, continue your job-hunting activities from November through January.

Full article @ https://www.forbes.com/sites/carolinecastrillon/2023/11/12/5-reasons-to-continue-your-job-search-over-the-holidays/