Are you about to start a job search or are you in the midst of looking for a new job? Are you thinking about waiting to start or putting your job search on hold? If so, think again. Contrary to popular opinion, the holidays are a good time of year to find a job. Employers don't stop hiring just because it's the holiday season. In addition, the holiday season is a perfect time of year to network your way to a new job.

Why Hiring Continues

Regardless of the time of year hiring continues. "For many of us, the holiday season is a time to sit back and relax, to take a break from business, to focus our attention on friends and family. For businesses, the needs that drive hiring throughout the year don't change just because the paid holidays are bunched up on the last pages of the calendar."

In most companies hiring and personnel activities continue at all times of year, because the needs that drive hiring - competitive pressures, growing markets, strategic initiatives - don't take a break.

Holiday Hiring

Hiring Managers understand that to meet company’s goals in the New Year, it is critical that they stay focused on the staffing plans even as people turn their gaze homeward."

Tips for a Holiday Job Search

As you can see, employers continue to focus on hiring, even though there is a temptation to do otherwise. The same should hold true for job seekers.

Send CV and applications to as many companies as possible. Most companies open offices in January to a surprise of most employees not reporting back. In such a confused state you may be the lucky applicant that month.

It can be easier to say "I'm not going to bother, it's a bad time of year for job hunting." than it is to move forward with a job search. However, for those who do keep plugging away, the additional opportunities are worth the effort.

Don't Slow Down Your Job Search

Some people give up job searching between Thanksgiving and New Year. Don't be one of them. Employers are still hiring and there may be less competition, from other job seekers this time of the year. In addition, companies that budget on an annual basis may have jobs that they need to hire for now.

Use Down Time

If you're working at a company where the holiday season is a slow one, take advantage. If you have vacation time you need to use up, schedule some networking meetings. It's an ideal time of year to connect with acquaintances you haven't been in touch with in a while. Both to celebrate the holiday season and to let them know you're in the market for a job.

Use Personal and Professional Events

If you are attending a holiday social event, it is definitely appropriate to mention that you are job searching. Accept all the invitations you receive, both personal and professional. You never know who may be able to help. Friends and family, as well as business acquaintances, are typically more than happy to assist.

Send Holiday Cards

Sending a "Happy Holidays" or a "Happy New Year" greeting card to networking contacts, recruiters, and to employers you have interviewed with is another good way to connect with those who can help with your job search.

Connect Online

Send an email or use a professional or social networking site (like LinkedIn or Facebook) to get in touch. The holiday season is a good excuse to touch base and a good time to reinforce or expand your network.

Relax and Enjoy

During this time of the year, it's also important to take some time for yourself and your family. Do relax a little and don't forget to enjoy the holiday season. That's important too, for all of us, whether we are job seeking, or not.

Let Brites Work on your CV and Application Letter

At Brites , we are available during the holidays to give your CV and cover letter a professional touch and make you more competitive in your job search at the onset of the New Year. Happy Holidays!

Visit our website to see the open vacancies during this holiday.

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