It’s now November, meaning a bunch of seasonal changes are getting ready to take place. Depending on where you live, the temperature is dropping, the leaves are turning, or maybe it’s time to break out your wetsuit the next time you go surfing (Helloooooo, Florida!). For many, it also means companies are wrapping up their recruiting operations for the year as well.
So, it’s obviously time to step away from the job search and enjoy your holiday festivities with loved ones. Nobody’s hiring, not at least until the new budgets and hiring goals come out in January. It’s time to dive headfirst into some eggnog and relax for a couple months… right?
If you’re currently in a job search, you should hope others are believing this. If you believe it yourself, welcome to a minimum of another four to six months of unemployment or disappointment in your current job. The fact is that it’s 2018 and the economy is booming! Great talent is harder to find or lure away these days, and recruiters are digging deeper to get to the hungry candidates.
Opportunity absolutely exists during the holiday months, especially this year. So, before you shut down the career search efforts and don your favorite turtleneck, consider the following:
The competition thins during winter months.
With so many misguided souls believing the myth that companies don’t hire during holiday months, the applicant pool falls off. Literally, any position you apply for in the winter provides a statistically stronger chance that you’ll get an interview. Play the numbers, because those other well-qualified candidates may have forfeited the game because of cold weather.
Recruiters notice who’s grinding during this time.
With a thinner candidate pool and awareness that some people would rather enjoy holidays than work, recruiters notice and appreciate that those left in the market have that extra drive. It’s a great time for them to cherry pick driven professionals that are more serious about their career. In short, it’s a great time to get noticed and do some networking.
Come January, your competition comes back onto the market.
It’s going to be a new year! And with the new year will come resolutions. Everyone will vow to restart their job search, rush back to the gym, and plan to get rid of their preferred vice. The choice is to be part of the crowd or position yourself to stand apart from the masses – by the time they catch up with you, you may already be amid the hiring process for opportunities that they missed!
Even if you strike out during the holiday season, you’ll still be ahead of the game and your competition.
Yes, it’s entirely possible that you could not find that new and amazing position during the winter months. Nothing in a job search is a sure thing. Nothing. But momentum matters. The applications, networking and interviews that you’ve completed while the rest of the world was shopping and celebrating will put you on the front burner when the rest of the population decides to return to the market.
Indeed, the holiday season is job hunting season. A prime hunting season, in fact. So, if you’re in the market already or pondering a change, do yourself a favor and break the mold this year. The result could be starting 2019 with one huge resolution already checked off.
Contact Career Development Consultant Group to help with your job search this holiday season!