Is job hunting during the holidays a waste of time?

Is job hunting during the holidays a waste of time?

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With only a few weeks left until the holiday break, looking for a new job can generally take a back seat. Longer, darker nights, combined with the festive season make it hard to keep motivated when job hunting. People often make the mistake of thinking that the hiring process drops off employers agenda as well. This, however, isn’t always the case if you consider the following:

  • Most budgets for the New Year get announced in December. Hiring managers may have waited all year to get approval and may be eager to get the ball rolling straight away. Hiring managers will often put the feelers out before Christmas, giving active candidates a head start of the crowd.
  • It is normal for firms to have a staff headcount which does not always get carried over to the New Year. Hiring managers who have been slacking in this regard  throughout the year will often push to retain their headcount during this period. This might also explain why if your interview process has been moving slowly, it may actually pick up in December.
  • Ultimately, it is still a functioning month like any other. Employers hire when they need new employees; people leave, there are team restructures, businesses expand and require extra resources etc. Like every month, jobs still get released and hiring managers have a strong appetite to hire.

Ask yourself if your current role is the one you want to come back to after the Christmas break? If not, be savvy and keep your job search active throughout the month of December. Set yourself apart from the tough competition and kick off 2019 with a fresh start by speaking with us today.