Many people believe that Mid-November through Mid-January is the worst time to look for employment but the opposite can be true.
While it may take a bit longer to secure interviews because many people take vacation at this time of year, vacation time can afford you the extra time you need to research openings in your field, update and improve your resume and market yourself.
More and more employers are continuing to source for qualified candidates through the holiday season. Some are even wanting to start new hires a week or two before the Christmas break to get orientation out of the way, so the new hire can get a running start in January.
When applying to job openings in November & December, be patient and make sure you follow up. You are likely to receive automated responses that your contact is on vacation. If a alternative contact is provided, don't be afraid to reach out to that person as well, they may not be able to assist you, but you don't know unless you try.
If your contact is out of the office, make a note of when your contact will be returning and call them or email them the day AFTER they return. Normally folks return from vacation to an over-loaded inbox & voice mail box, by giving them an extra day you will ensure that you aren't reaching them when they are feeling over-whelmed. By checking back with them you are also ensuring that your resume didn't get lost in their inbox while they were away.
If you do secure interviews during the holiday season, make sure you alert the potential employer of any upcoming vacation time you may have scheduled. Check with the people you plan to use for references and find out if they will be on vacation and unavailable during the holidays as well.
With a bit of extra planning, finding a new position during the winter months can be just as rewarding as any other time during the year.
Happy Holidays & Best Wishes in Your Career Endeavors!
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