Don’t Stop the Job Search

One of the biggest job myths out there is that companies do not hire in December. However, despite the image of wild holiday office parties, hiring managers are still hard at work during the holidays trying to fill empty staff positions. Some companies may even use December 31 as a deadline to take away job slots and funds for those jobs if they are not filled by the end of the year.

What does that mean for you as a job searcher? You should still keep searching and sending out those resumes over the holidays. Make sure that your contact information on your resume makes you accessible whether you are at home for the holidays or visiting relatives. List a cell phone number if you have one, and keep the cell phone on. Do not list an email address that you will not be checking.

It is tempting to take a break from job searching to get all the holiday stuff done that you need to do and to party with friends and family. However, this is the time of year when many people stop their job search, so there are fewer people sending out those resumes and claiming interview slots. This means less competition for you. It also means you are now juggling a job search, the holidays and your home life, which can be pretty stressful.

Ease the stress by setting aside time each day for job search tasks. Then take some time for holiday fun. Make a list of things you need to do, and cross off those items that will not bring the world to an end for you if you do not do them.

You may actually land a job as a holiday gift to you. Happy Holidays.


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