If you’re in the job market, either right now or planning to be at the start of 2018 — your timing is impeccable. Contrary to widespread belief, December and January both mark ideal months for job hunting, for various reasons. When it comes to nailing the job search during the holidays, there are some tips to keep in mind.
If you’re looking for a new job now, don’t halt your search over the holidays! It’s actually a myth that nobody hires over the holidays; businesses still have openings. And you can bet overworked, short-staffed hiring managers aren’t taking three weeks off. Decision-makers are still in the office.
That’s not to say hiring managers aren’t distracted from their daily tasks. In December, many managers clean out their emails, organize their files, plan, and review resumes they don’t typically have time to deal with. With fewer resumes rolling in, and hiring managers potentially more accessible, you may get a head start on other candidates. Yes, hiring does face a slow-down in December, but applications slow down even more. That gives you an advantage if you don’t pause your search.
Boost Your Job Search During The Holidays
You’re not the only one considering making a change. Every year, a number of workers give their notice over the holidays. They’re accepting offers for new positions that start in early January. Perhaps somebody just vacated your dream job, and recruiters love to fill those openings during the holidays. So, what are you waiting for?
That being said, it’s true that in some companies, hiring does lag in December and speeds up again in January. If you’re thinking of looking for a new job for the new year, it’s time to get started right now.
Here are four things you can do over the holidays to be ahead of the pack on January 1:
- Refresh your resume. If your resume hasn’t been updated in the past year, it needs a refresh. Resumes are trending shorter and more concise, so refreshing your resume means deleting older information as well as adding recent, more relevant accomplishments. Update the font and format while you’re at it.
- Polish your social brand. Does your LinkedIn profile glow? Is it time to change your photo, refine your summary, or add anything to your profile? Take some time to write endorsements for people you respect. If you need endorsements, ask a few people who have worked with you closely. They may have more time to help you now than they will in January. Join a few relevant groups and post comments. Take a look at your Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts to make sure they’re job-search ready.
- Do your research. Spend some time “shopping” for your next company. Check out award-winning employers, since they are already recognized as great places to work. Are you looking for a casual, fun culture like GoDaddy; a promising career path in IT at USAA; or do you want a professional setting with formal career development programs like Charles Schwab? If you see a future in managing a team, Direct Energy’s strength lies in developing great managers.
- Start your cover letter. Write a killer intro, and a few paragraphs you can interchange and modify according to the opportunity. Cover letters can be surprisingly hard to write, especially at the last minute when everything else is ready to submit — so prepare now.
Whether you’re already searching or plan to start your search soon, December and January are ideal months for a job hunt. Your timing is perfect for finding a dream job with a top company! Follow the above tips to boost your job search during the holidays.
About the Author
Lee Vikre – Hiring Jedi
A workplace culture maven, writer, and speaker, Lee Vikre has helped numerous companies develop “best company” cultures, gaining recognition at the local and national level. Lee has been called the Jedi Master of hiring because of her exceptional recruiting abilities and friendships with people who love Star Wars. Her favorite activities involve matching people with their dream jobs at award-winning best companies. Lee coaches CEOs but still hasn’t been able to train her three dogs not to bark during conference calls.