During the holidays most of us are focused on our families and taking a little time off.
It makes sense that job hunting during the month of December might at first appear unsavory, however there are several excellent reasons why December can be the perfect month for you to start your job search!
First the stats: the Bureau of Labor and Statistics shows that December holds its own as “average” for new job hires across the board! That dispels any myths that less people are hired during the holiday season.
Another point to consider is your job may be slowing down during this time – giving you a few additional hours a week that you can devote to updating your resume and getting your resources and strategies in place.
Your competition (or lack of it) is another exceptional reason to job hunt in December. December job candidates show initiative and often don’t have the competition they normally would for the same type positions, simply because of the time of the year.
Companies are looking at their budgets and hiring needs for the upcoming year…making it a great time for you to make a first introduction and get on their radar screen.
Also consider that hiring managers and human resources may also be anxious to tie up any loose ends and handle hiring needs before the end of the year. Executive recruiters will be eager to make all the placements they can make before the end of the year as well.
If you are hiring a resume writer, they often run specials and/or discounts during the Holidays. Remember that this investment is usually tax deductible too (check with your CPA for details).
So, why not start your new years resolutions with a little bit of December planning and preparation? I bet you will be glad you did.
Excellent advice. I facilitate a group that helps people in transition. Thank you for providing this reinforcement to the message we’ve been sending – it’s always a good time to search!
Ray that is what I have found too … year after year! Thanks for the feedback.