Wondering if you should put your job search on hold during the holidays? See what our team member, Andrea Dake, has to say about what the holidays mean for your job search.
I don’t know about you, but I am ready for a little Christmas….like, right this very minute. I hear from lots of people that we didn’t know life when we thought 2016 was awful because 2017 was BRUTAL. Cue the holiday music, spiked egg nog, twinkle lights, mulled wine, package wrapping, hot buttered rum, Christmas movies and cranberry cocktails (surely you’re picking up on holiday priorities by now). We are even traveling up to snow country PA this year to spend the holidays with my family, which only means that I have to get in all of my preparations (and egg nog) a week early. Silver Bells, it’s going to be fun, folks.
It’s super easy to get caught up in the holiday season, as you should, and it’s equally easy to “check out” from the stuff that you don’t really want to do or that is stressful for you. We all do it in one way or another. What I’m really talking about is your job hunt. I could totally see how many would think that the hiring season slows way down between Thanksgiving and New Year. Let me tell you – SO UNTRUE. I’ll even admit that I wouldn’t mind if things slowed down so that I had more quality time with my family (ahem-mulledwine-ahem). The reality is that many companies are eager to get new employees lined up and ready to start after January 1. Some are looking at budgets that roll over December 31 and they need to use the money budgeted for a new position, or risk losing it in the New Year.
So here is my advice: enjoy the season to its fullest extent! Just don’t completely “check out” of your job search. Keep checking your emails and returning our calls. Stay engaged and connected. I know it’s probably not up there on your priority list right now, but you could potentially miss out on a great opportunity. I even have had candidates interview on New Year’s Eve and receive an offer that same day. It’s a CHRISTMAS MIRACLE! So enjoy this time, enjoy your family, enjoy the hope and magic that this season brings us all. And by all means, enjoy your cranberry cocktails….just save those for after your job interview.