Conventional wisdom says that the holidays and the two weeks after are a horrible time to search for a job. But conventional wisdom is wrong. I’ve gotten two jobs in my career during the holidays because I went against conventional wisdom.
The holidays are actually the perfect excuse to step up your efforts. You can network at holiday parties. You can also check in with contacts at companies you want to work for under the guise of season’s greetings to see if there are open positions.
When a company does have a job opening, it needs to be filled, even during the holidays. Organizations that work on a calendar year may want to get a position filled before Dec. 31. If others are following conventional wisdom, it may mean there are less people applying, which increases your chances of at least getting an interview.
Being on a calendar year schedule also means that employee bonuses are given in January. Many people stick it out in a job to get that bonus, then move on. Employers know this and may build in job slots in the new year to account for this, which is beneficial to those doing a holiday search.
Because it’s the holiday season, that means employers are juggling a mix of working extra to cover the slow week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. So you may have to be flexible on when you can go in for an interview. They may want an early, late or even weekend interview slot, so be prepared.
Employers tend to be a little more generous during the holidays, which can play to you advantage during an interview. They are probably already impressed that you kept your nose to the job search grindstone. And you can discuss lighter topics and slip in how you work harder during the holidays so everyone on your potential team can enjoy them.
So put down that eggnog and cookies and pick up your job search efforts. Here’s a list of openings to help get you started.
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