Sunday, December 4, 2011

Holiday Job Search: Jobs don’t go away – job seekers do.

"Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It is here - the "official" holiday season. . The time of the year when parties abound, there are presents to buy and the time of the year when no one finds a job – an often repeated mantra or myth.


I wrote about this a few years back and after listening to people over the past week or so, think it is time to revisit this again.

Diffusing the Myth

The true fact is this: Companies continue to hire during the holiday season but job hunters quit looking. As a recruiter and corporate human resources executive job openings continue during December just when many job seekers put their resume on the shelf for the holiday season. There is no statistical proof that there are fewer new job openings in the month of December versus other time of the year. In fact, many say it is just the opposite. Hiring isn’t driven by a calendar, it is driven by need.
Many companies want to tie up loose ends – and that means hiring
In many companies, hiring actually heats up in December as managers and business owners have money left in their budgets and want to spend their budget rather than potentially losing it. Still others want to tie up loose ends before the end of the year – and this includes filling open positions.
Many are also surprised to learn that the holiday season is also a popular time for people to give their notice and move on, to get a fresh start in a new job for the New Year. The result – more job opportunities for others.

Six Tips for Your Holiday Job Search

So, before you buy into the myth, put your resume on the shelf and don your dancing shoes, consider the following actions:
• Use holiday events as networking opportunities – Every event, party, children’s school function, gathering etc. is an opportunity for you to network, make a new contact. During the holidays there are generally more events – and more opportunities!
• Volunteer and make new contacts – Get involved with a charity or group during the holiday season. Often the pillars of the community either attend or help at these events and for you, which means an opportunity to make great contacts – and give back to the community at the same time.
• Rather than holding back on search activities – heat up your actions – While I hope I have enlightened you to keep the search activities going, others still won’t and there will be less competition and fewer candidates giving you a better competitive opportunity.
• Close down loose ends – contacts, follow-ups, applications – What better time of the year to close down your “to do” list of contacts and follow-ups and tie up you own loose ends.
• Make yourself flexible & available and keep in contact – What is miserably frustrating to a recruiter is the inability to get in touch with potential candidates who “check-out” during holiday weeks. They just don’t check their email and messages go unreturned. Stay connected!
• Set goals – celebrate wins – visualize success - You may have heard the expression “You cannot manage what you cannot manage”. In career & job search, it is critical that you set goals, and set daily actions to achieve your goals, especially when outside factors – like holiday activities – can be distracting. I utilize the Get Hired NOW!methodology with my clients which focuses on goal setting, drives results through doing simple and planned actions everyday, and celebrates the achievement of goals. As an idea, set a goal for making X-number of networking contacts this holiday season --- and celebrate when you hit your goal!

Keep the pressure on and take advantage of less competition in the market as some will just not take advice and hang it up for the season.

And thank you for reading this. - Dan

Dan Moran
President & Founder
Career Management & Transition Specialists
125 Wolf Road, Suite #128
Albany, NY 12205
Office: 518-261-4212
Cell: 518-641-8968
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