The Holiday Advantage: The Sneaky Job Search Secret Most People Miss
What’s the point of searching for a job during the lidaylidays? Companies hibernate, take vacation, and coast to the end of the year. Maybe it’s best to pause, enjoy the holidays, and hit the ground running when the calendar turns to a new year.
Does this sound like you? If so, think again.
The holidays provide the perfect storm you’ve been looking for. If you’re serious about propelling yourself into a new job you’ll love, the holidays are the time to put the pedal to the metal.
Think about it.
What stops you from getting hired? Not enough companies hiring? Too much competition?
The holidays turn the traditional job search on its head. Here’s how.
Contrary to popular belief, many companies ramp up hiring during the holidays. Why? Because it’s crucial to the success of the organization.
As companies project sales and productivity expectations for the new year, they need to hit the ground running to meet the lofty goals they set. By interviewing before January, they can train their new teammates and start the new year at full speed. Companies who wait until after the new year get left in the dust by the ones who hire and train beforehand.
Depending on the industry, as many as two thirds of companies ramp up hiring during the holidays. Doesn’t it make sense to put yourself in a position to be the one they hire?
In addition, many job seekers think like you do – that nobody’s hiring. What does that mean to you? It means your competition is sitting on the couch drinking eggnog while companies look for you.
It means that the stack of competing resumes is smaller. It means that your odds of landing an interview skyrocket.
If you’ve done your homework and hired a Certified Professional Resume Writer to create a resume that turns heads, you’re now in the driver’s seat. When the crowd revs up their engines to start from scratch, you’ll be employed and well on your way.
Few things create knots in your stomach faster than a job interview. But here’s the thing: interviews during the holidays tend to be more laidback and relaxed. People are in the holiday spirit. Less tension means better conversations. Managers tend to be more receptive to what you have to say. You can focus less on jumping through the right hoops and more on stating the case for why you’re the one she or he should hire.
What do you do about all those LinkedIn contacts and former coworkers you haven’t kept in touch with? You know that a strong network is the backbone of a successful job search.
But what do you say to someone you haven’t spoken to in three years? Where do you begin?
The holidays provide the perfect springboard to get back in touch. Warm holiday greetings offer the perfect reason to get back in touch. You get to skip the weird part about figuring out what to talk about and simply reconnect.
Who knows? One of these contacts may have your next perfect job in his back pocket. Send those stale contacts a holiday greeting and reconnect without pressure. The holidays break the ice for you.
If you’re in a pinch and need to get hired fast, consider temporary or seasonal employment options. Often, these holiday opportunities offer a chance to demonstrate your value in a less pressured situation. You have nothing to lose, because the job’s supposed to end anyway. You have everything to gain, because an impressive performance puts you in position to get hired full-time.
Whatever you do, don’t slouch on the couch and waste away your holiday. You’ll start the new year overwhelmed and unemployed. Instead, do what others won’t – shift your focus, find the opportunities, and make the most of your shot.
The odds are in your favor. Take advantage, land the job you want, and start the new year with a fresh lease on life.
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