Do you find yourself browsing online job postings, or adding “Find a career I love” to your New Year’s Resolutions list? Whether you’re on the job hunt now or planning to be at the start of 2018, your timing is great. December and January are both ideal months for job hunting, for different reasons.
Ever heard of the “holiday hiring slowdown”? Au contraire! Don’t feel like you need to pause your search during the winter holidays. It’s actually a myth that nobody hires during those months; businesses still have plenty of openings. And it’s unlikely that the overworked, short-staffed hiring managers are taking three weeks off for vacation. Decision-makers are still in the office, equipped to accommodate any job applications rolling in.
Holiday Job Search Tips
Of course, that’s not to say the hiring managers aren’t distracted from their daily tasks. In December, many managers clean out their emails, organize their files, plan, and review resumes they don’t usually have time to deal with. With fewer resumes rolling in, and hiring managers possibly more accessible, you may get a head start against other candidates. Yes, hiring does slow down in December, but applications slow down even more. That gives you an advantage if you don’t halt your search.
You’re not the only one considering a change. Every year, a number of workers give their two weeks’ notice over the holidays, accepting offers for new positions that begin in early January. Maybe somebody just vacated your dream job at a great company, and recruiters love to fill those openings over the holidays. So, what are you waiting for?
That said, it’s true that in some companies, hiring does slow in December and picks up again in January. If you’re thinking of looking for a new job to start 2018 off on the right foot, it’s time to get started right now.
‘Tis the season for an exciting new career. Here are four holiday job search tips you can follow to get ahead of the pack on January 1:
Refresh your resume.
If your resume hasn’t been updated in the past year, it’s time for a refresh. Resumes are trending shorter and more concise, so polishing your resume means deleting older information as well as adding recent, more relevant accomplishments. Update the font and format while you’re at it — and consider sprinkling in some unique skills, too.
Clean up your social brand.
Does your LinkedIn profile glow? Is it time to update your photo, edit your summary, or add any skills or qualifications to your profile? One of the top holiday job search tips is to refine your online presence. Take some time to type up a few endorsements for people you respect. If you need endorsements, ask a few people who have worked with you closely. They may have more time to help you now than they will in January. Join a couple of groups and post comments. Take a look at your Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts to be sure they’re job-search ready.
Do your research.
Spend some time “shopping” for your next place of employment. Check out award-winning companies, since they are already recognized as great places to work. Are you looking for a professional setting with formal career development programs like Charles Schwab? Or is flexibility a must-have? Ryan offers a unique program called myRyan in which professionals are given the freedom to do their best work in the way they work best. Perhaps you’re looking for an incredible office space to carry out your best work yet with a great team — check out USAA’s location offerings.
Draft your cover letter.
Write a snappy intro, and a few solid paragraphs you can interchange and modify according to the job opportunity. Cover letters can be surprisingly hard to write, especially at the last minute when everything else is ready to submit — so it’s best to prep it ahead of time.
Whether you’re already searching or plan to start your search soon, December and January are ideal months for a job hunt. Your timing is impeccable for finding a dream job with a top company!
About the Author
Lee Vikre – Hiring Jedi
A workplace culture maven, writer, and speaker, Lee Vikre has helped numerous companies develop “best company” cultures, gaining recognition at the local and national level. Lee has been called the Jedi Master of hiring because of her exceptional recruiting abilities and friendships with people who love Star Wars. Her favorite activities involve matching people with their dream jobs at award-winning best companies. Lee coaches CEOs but still hasn’t been able to train her three dogs not to bark during conference calls.