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Pause Your Job Search For The Holidays?
From Career Tips, 2010 Volume 12, December 2010There is one good reason to pause a bit on your job search during the holidays:
"I want to clear my mind and really enjoy the season, so that I can start up fresh and positive in the new year."
There is also one very bad excuse:
"No one hires during the holidays, so it's a waste of time and energy."
Many candidates tell themselves that:
If those 'facts' were true, then why would this be the case? I only work with a select number of clients at one time, and last year 2 of them received job offers between Thanksgiving and New Year's.
And so far this year 4 clients have been invited in for serious job interviews during this supposed dead zone.
Even if we do assume that there are fewer interviews granted and job offers extended than at other times of the year, this is still arguably the BEST time for networking. Why? Because:
Keep in mind that if I as a hiring manager have a critical gap in my unit, I'm not going to put my attempts to fill it on hold. And for those concerned about the budget / headcount issue, I may actually be faced with losing the headcount in 2011 if I don't fill it, so that I might actually be incented to fill it BEFORE year end!
So go ahead and enjoy the holidays, taking whatever time off you need to recharge and attack your career search marketing campaign with a renewed vigor in 2011. Just don't use that as a bad excuse to miss out on all of the great networking opportunities that present themselves over the holidays!