Should You Stop Your Job Search During The Holidays?

The answer is no.

Companies hire at any time.

And you need to be there when they are recruiting.

We all have a tendency to think that business comes to a halt amid year-end holiday activities however the reality is that many companies are very busy planning for the year ahead.

In particular the events industry may show more activity with job availability at the end of the year as companies plan for their spring and summer events.

Use these tips to ramp up your job search during the holiday season:

  • Have fun networking at holiday parties and year-end gatherings. (I was just at holiday party this past weekend and someone who was looking for a new opportunity was pleasantly open about it and left with several leads and more than one colleague who will be on the lookout if they hear of anything.) Be sure to be tactful and respectful of the situation. It’s a party after all so don’t turn it into a meeting. But you may find the relaxed atmosphere makes it easy to put yourself out there. And if you want to avoid an in-depth conversation suggest you’ll follow up with them the next business week to set a time to chat.
  • Many industry associations, suppliers and other groups have year-end meetings or social gatherings. This is a great way to meet new people or re-connect with folks you haven’t seen in awhile. They may not know you are looking. Generally everyone is a bit more relaxed and generous at this time of year so you may find it easier than ever to connect and get help.
  • Use the holidays to re-connect with colleagues and friends. Send a card or an email or phone with holiday wishes and ask to connect now or in the new year. You may find the holiday season has folks in great spirits and happy to catch up over a coffee or lunch.
  • Take advantage of the fact that there may be less competition as others become busy and back off their search. Doubling your efforts may work to your advantage.
  • Remain available and flexible with interview times to show hiring managers you are serious. They will be very appreciative especially if they are trying to finalize their hire before year-end.
  • Be diligent and timely with thank you notes to folks who have helped you out in any way.

Extra effort with your job search at the end of the year will set you up for a great start in January. Or better still…land you a job now!

Happy searching!

Post by Margaret Johnston,

With over 25 years of experience, Margaret brings valuable insight and knowledge to the recruitment, management and development of high-performance teams for the event industry. A strategic and inspiring leader, Margaret has held executive roles for several global event management companies and key roles in the start up and orchestration of many high profile and international events.