As Christmas is fast approaching, we start thinking about buying Christmas presents, arranging free time around seeing family members who seem to live in various locations, the work Christmas party and the hours spent looking for the right outfit! Not forgetting those who will share this occasion with friends, I mean who can resist a classic Wizzard sing along and a bottle of prosecco!
At this time of year, the last thing on the list seems to be looking for that new job that you have been thinking about pursuing a while now. Having been a recruiter for a number of years now, I can tell you just how much I wished for those conversations with active candidates during the month of December. Below are 5 reasons why you shouldn’t wait until the New Year to focus on your job hunt:
The Christmas season offers great opportunities for networking.
Christmas is a time for celebrating and being merry, the perfect time for networking. Drinks after work and office parties offer a great opportunity to put the feelers out and make new connections. Don’t forget the non-work events too; family and friends might know of companies looking to hire. Keep your ears open, but be aware of what’s appropriate. Be careful to keep social interactions social, I don’t recommend you go armed with your CV to the party. If you have a conversation with someone that you think might be helpful to your search, remember their name or where they work and look them up on LinkedIn later to follow up. No handing out CVs over the turkey!
Businesses still hire in December
Whilst others are recovering from the Christmas parties, managers will be found tucked away in their office finalising the end of the year and planning for next year, this could include job vacancies.
It’s easy to assume that most businesses slow down during December, however, many run their budgets from January to December and if they have money to spare for hiring they will need to have it spent by the end of the year.
You will stand out from the crowd
There will be fewer people applying for jobs in December, a smaller candidate pool equals less competition for you and lot more likelihood of getting yourself noticed!
In January, hiring managers and recruiters will receive many applications from people looking for a new opportunity “new year, new start” and yours could get lost in the pile at this point, instead take advantage of this time of year and take your chance to stand out from the crowd!
Recruiters and HR can often be easier to reach in December
It’s true that in the month of December, some recruiters and HR Managers don’t have a lot on their plate. As such, they are more likely to be available for meeting you. December is a perfect time to contact decision makers and recruiters and find out what they look for in candidates. Even if they don’t have open vacancies, you’ll be on top of their mind whenever a vacancy arises.
A lot of temporary and part-time opportunities.
Many industries peak in recruitment during this period. Consider call centres or those in retail, hospitality and any business with products or services that appeal to consumers during the festive season. A number of temporary opportunities turn permanent, it’s your chance to shine during their busiest period and time get yourself noticed and secure that position.
If you’re looking to make the most of the opportunities in December, take a look at the latest opportunities on our website, give us a call for a chat about your experience. Let’s keep the momentum going and secure that dream job in time to celebrate with family and friends.
Contributor: Becky Reid