Why Job Hunting During the Holidays Gives You an Edge

Contrary to popular belief, the weeks leading up to the holidays are an excellent time to keep up the job hunt. It may in fact be a time to double down your efforts. The myth that they’re when managers don’t take calls or respond to e-mail is popular – but not really true. Often, work has slowed and they have more time to pick up the phone. Believe me, no hiring manager is insulted at a call just because the holidays are coming.

In fact, December may be the best time of all to get noticed by hiring managers because other job seekers have temporarily given up the hunt. Come January, the new year brings a new set of  resolutions for those bent on making up for lost time. A Body in Motion Tends to Stay in Motion…

Like Issac Newton said, bodies in motion tend to stay in motion. After stopping, it’s that much harder to get going again. Another way to look at it is that you wouldn’t stop job hunting the last three weeks in June. The date on the calendar is arbitrary. Stop, and you’ve hurt your odds of finding anything

Keep That Schedule

Each day, get dressed, right down to your shoes. Start at 8, do your searches and continue to network, take a lunch, at finish at your usual time.

Send Holiday Cards

Not religion-specific of course. Send notes those who have helped you in the hunt, people who referred you, your references, etc. (This is good advice for all of us, whether looking for a job or not)

Set Goals

"I will send X amount of resumes and make Y amounts of calls." (But remember – don’t blast out too many. Customize your approach.)

People really do get hired in December and if they don’t they’ve planted some good leads for the new year.

— Dino Londis

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