Reasons why you should keep up your job search over Christmas

  • Posted by: Alexander Daniels
  • Date: 01 January 1970

It’s coming to the end of another year – a time of reflection and renewed commitment to do better for ourselves. For some, it’s also a time to reassess our job search. But why wait until the holidays are over.
While many people believe companies stop hiring during the winter holidays, this isn’t always the case. Not everyone shuts down or celebrates Christmas. Many forward – thinking businesses plan and organise online recruitment activity before the holidays. So, if you’re considering upping the job hunt for the new year – now is the time to get started.

Take a look at our reasons below on why the Christmas season is the ideal time to job search.

Lack of competition
Due to misconception that businesses stop recruiting before the new year, this means that less people are applying for jobs. Applying in December not only keeps the competition at bay, but also shows potential future employers that you didn’t just want a job for Christmas, but for the long run too.

Opportunity to network
How’s your diary looking at this time of year? We bet it’s packed full of social events. You may not usually consider festive dinners a key time to improve your career prospects but networking over the Christmas period can be ideal for finding that next job role.

Time to think
Searching in December allows you to have a good think about what you really want for your career; for example, what kind of position, salary or company you would like to work for. This gives you more time to think and act on it than it would if you waited until after the festive period.

Get ahead of the game
A new job is quite often the number one priority on New Year’s resolution lists. This can mean that there is a huge surge of applications at the start of any year. By submitting your CV before the January rush, you will beat other candidates and hopefully get noticed more by the hiring manager.

Use your time productively
If you are already in employment, it can sometimes be difficult to dedicate some spare time to a job search. Many businesses give employers time off during the festive period; so, this can be the perfect opportunity to update your CV, identify any vacancies and connect with any suitable business contacts.

4 weeks until the new year – Most people think the holiday is not the time to look. But with so many people competing for the same jobs, now is the perfect time to fully immerse yourself in the job hunt.

3 weeks until the new year – Update your CV. Get copies of your performance appraisals and any work samples, which will help you with your portfolio.

2 weeks until the new year – What better time to network that when people are in good spirit. Get some business cards printed and hand them out if you get the chance.

1 week until the new year – If you’re still working while looking for another job, the chances are you’ll have a little downtime during the winter season. Finding the time to make an interview or taking a couple of hours should be easier on you.