A common misperception on the part of job seekers is that the holidays are a poor time for job hunting prospects. As a professional recruiter, here are three reasons why the holiday period is in fact an excellent time to seek a new opportunity:
1. New budgets generally call for hiring additional resources. The budgeting process for the coming year generally takes place the final quarter of the year. With new business strategies mapped out, senior management aggressively begin to look for prime talent. This is an excellent chance for candidates to passively market themselves through networked contacts or recruiters. Make yourself available for coffee, lunch or an after hours meeting to discuss possible opportunities and sell yourself to prospective employers.
2. Holiday parties present exceptional networking opportunities. Traditionally, we are taught not to mix business with pleasure. But, in today’s competitive employment market, we counsel candidates to do just the opposite. Holiday office parties are an excellent chance to network with other internal department heads, outside vendors, and even specific competitors. These settings are an excellent chance to meet and greet people and thus expand your network.
3. Create momentum going into the New Year. Above all else, job searching is a mentally taxing task. You alone are responsible for putting yourself in a position to succeed. Part of that process is staying motivated to completing the task. The holiday period is an excellent chance to create positive momentum for your job search both now and going into the New Year. Tune up and revamp that resume, calls network contacts to wish them Happy Holidays (and stay on their radar), and meet and greet new people at networking events. Positive thoughts and actions today will create positive momentum in the future for your job search.
Don’t let this holiday period catch you unprepared. While others are busy shopping at the malls, take advantage of this opportunity to advance your career for today and tomorrow.
William Werksman is a professional recruiter and frequent columnist to job boards focusing on pertinent recruiting and human resources issues from both the candidate’s and employer’s perspective. His firm, Resource Partners LLC, is recognized as the leading source of “specialized and executive talent” in the Casino and Gaming industry. He manages a select staff of dedicated professional recruiters out of their Las Vegas, Nevada headquarters.