I often warn clients that they will see fewer and fewer jobs during the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. That’s the bad news. The good news is that your competition, other job seekers, are less likely to be looking for work. When you see a job that interests you over the next few weeks, apply for it as quickly as possible. Some employers need new workers now, and they will hire as soon as possible. Expect to see fewer job posts over the next four to six weeks, but keep looking and applying. You might find a new job under your Christmas tree.
No one hires during the holidays. That is a myth too many job seekers believe. Hiring will slow down between Thanksgiving and the New Year. Some employers still hire during this period. Moreover, since fewer people look for work, there is less competition for jobs.I have two clients who need resumes quickly because they’re interviewing with hiring managers who will be making decisions before Christmas.
Keep looking for work and new opportunities. As I wrote recently, the holiday season is a great time for networking. If you hear that a company is hiring, don’t wait. Be the first one in line. Don’t use the holiday season as an excuse to stop looking for work. Some employers still hire during this period. If there is a knock at the door of opportunity, be ready to answer.