5 Reasons To Job Search Over The Holidays

Monday, April 3, 2023

Many people assume that the holidays are the worst time of year for a job search. Actually, the opposite is true. The holidays may be the best time to look for a new role if you approach it the right way. Why? Because while hiring may slow down over the holiday season, it doesn't stop. That means you shouldn't either. Here are five reasons why it makes sense to look for a job over the holidays.

Less competition

Because there is a misconception that end of the year is a bad time to job search, there tends to be less competition. That’s a good thing if you’re a job seeker. When companies have fewer resumes to sift through, there’s a greater chance that yours will stand out.

Great time to network

The end of the year is a great time to meet as many people as possible in a social setting. Prepare an elevator pitch so you can present yourself in a compelling way. You never know when you might meet someone who can introduce you to a recruiter or hiring manager. It’s also a good time to send a holiday card or online message to valued contacts so you can stay top of mind.

Use your downtime wisely

You will inevitably have a few breaks during the holidays when you can focus on your job search. That’s the perfect opportunity to work on things like your personal brand. For example, look at your LinkedIn profile to see how you can improve it. This is also an excellent time to list your key accomplishments for the year, update your resume and schedule calls with friends and acquaintances you haven't been in touch with for a while.

Full article @ https://www.forbes.com/sites/carolinecastrillon/2022/11/27/5-reasons-to-job-search-over-the-holidays/?sh=e2955c85396d