The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released a statement in December 2021 stating that there are currently 11 MILLION+ job openings. This is more than double the amount of job openings from one year ago. Today I am going to discuss how to maximize your job search during the holidays. 

Experts suggest that job openings are at an all-time high, so now is the time to tackle your job search, negotiate a competitive salary, and start living the dream. 

The holidays are a great time to job search

Many job searchers pause their job search between Thanksgiving and New Year’s because they believe employers do not hire in Q4, and especially during the holidays. This is simply not true.

In reality, hiring managers typically have a hiring budget that must be spent before the end of the year. They also have a brand new budget which typically starts with a new calendar year. As a result, the holidays can be some of the very best times to start and/or increase your job search.

Furthermore, if you don’t land a job in December, you are creating connections and opportunities to accelerate your search in the new year.

Another bonus is that job searching during the holidays may also mean less competition because so many people are waiting until the beginning of the year to search. Typically job searching is the most competitive on January 2nd because there are so many people starting or continuing their search. 

The holidays also offer some great opportunities to network at various gatherings, parties, professional events, and through other creative avenues. 

Tips to maximize your job search during the holidays

  1. Networking at holiday parties – Go to the holiday party with a purpose! Whether it’s a social or charity event, dinner party, or professional association event, use these opportunities to make new connections and identify people who might be useful in your job search.
  2. Connect with friends and colleagues – You likely have a massive network (whether you know it or not). Your network can be a great source of information, job leads, and referrals. 
  3. Volunteer – Uncover opportunities to give your time to charities and organizations. Not only are you giving back to the community, but there may also be opportunities to build your network, make new connections, and strengthen your resume.
  4. Create a networking card – Design a business card that lists your contact information and LinkedIn profile. If you are unemployed, this is a great way to connect with people and increase your network.
  5. Update your LinkedIn profile – You have probably created and optimized your LinkedIn profile by now. Start increasing your connections, start and/or contribute to conversations in your industry, and ask for recommendations. Resume Assassin is the top rated and ranked resume service in Austin, reach out today for resume and LinkedIn support.
  6. Seasonal jobs – If you are searching for your next full-time opportunity, perhaps consider a temporary or seasonal job that may lead to a full-time role.
  7. Connect with recruiters – Recruiters do not rest during the holidays, they are trying to reach year-end recruiting goals as well, and you may be a perfect fit candidate.
  8. Goal-setting – Instead of setting a goal to get a new job, set a goal to make a certain number of connections or to schedule XYZ informational interviews. 

Overcome challenges

It is not easy (and sometimes quite unmotivating) to conduct a job search during the holidays. While several hiring managers and recruiters are proactively trying to hit numbers, others may be on vacation. Some companies also shut down for a week or two.

It can be mentally difficult to enjoy the holidays while you are tackling a grueling job search. Keep in mind that the holidays are a season of joy and thankfulness. So, keep your head up, take care of yourself, enjoy time with your family, and keep pushing forward. 

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