Some Great Reasons to Job Search During the Holidays

Contrary to what you might think, hiring doesn’t stop during the holiday season.  The holidays may present the perfect time for employers to be in a hiring mode.  Here are some good reasons for ramping up your job/internship search during the break.

Employers are Hiring:  Don’t think for a minute that employers stop hiring during the holidays. Check job boards, like Handshake, Indeed, Monster, CareerBuilder, you will find hundreds of open positions.

Less Competition for Available Jobs:  Even though family, friends, travel and holiday making are competing for your time and attention, keep your job search going.  You could land an interview that may not have been available to you during college recruiting season.  During the school year the competition was stiffer and now many of those candidates are taking time away from their searches. Keep your job search organized; by doing this you be able to multitask more efficiently.

More Networking Opportunities:  What better time of year for networking than the holidays!  Social and business holiday happenings are great opportunities for you to connect with people who may be able to help you.   Most people are only too happy to have an opportunity to pay it forward by helping you out, especially during the season of giving.   Have business cards ready, you can create them yourself (Vista Print. Com) bring some to hand out to people you meet over the holidays at parties and events. Don’t forget your elevator pitch so that you can quickly and calmly share information about yourself and your background.

A Temporary Job Could Become Permanent: If you are hired for a temporary holiday season job, you might get to keep it. Companies typically keep some of the temps they hire for the holidays, and you could be one of them if you make a good impression on your employer.

The Bottom Line Hiring used to be seasonal; now it’s on-demand. If a company decides that they need a new employee or if a current employee moves on, they won’t wait to start the hiring process. If you’re hiring ready, you’ll be positioned for job search success.  Don’t miss out on good jobs because you have decided to stop your job search. Even if you cut back your job search activities and spend less time you’ll still be positioned to get hired, and it’s always better to get hired sooner rather than later!

Happy Holidays, Happy Job Search,



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By Marguerite Busetti
Marguerite Busetti Associate Director of Career and Professional Development, Dobbs Ferry Campus Marguerite Busetti