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Three Reasons to Job Hunt During the Holidays


The end of year craziness is here and it can be a very hectic time. With the hustle and bustle of wrapping up projects - while wrapping holiday presents - it can feel overwhelming for those who are also hunting for a new job. Did you know this can also be a great time to research companies, network, and apply for jobs? From found connections at holiday parties to the motivation of New Year’s Resolutions, December may just be a great time to find your next great career opportunity.

  1. Get a Head Start on Those ResolutionsYou may have added “find a new job” to your list of resolutions for the new year. Maybe it’s because you want a new career path. Do you need more flexibility? Or are you looking for a larger purpose and way to engage in your community. Whatever the reason, did you know there is no better time than the present to achieve this resolution? For starters, take advantage of the motivation you get from setting your New Year resolution by doing research on companies that align with your values and purpose.Whatever it is that drives you, now is a great time to explore and discover a company that fits your purpose and passion.
  2. Holiday Celebrations Could Bring Unexpected ConnectionsWho would have known that your friend’s aunt works for your dream company? Use this time to keep your eyes and ears open. Who knows which connections and opportunities for learning are right in your midst around the holiday spread? And chat it up…use the appetizer table as a place setting to network with your friends and family. Chances are someone that you know has changed either jobs or industries in the past year. Illuminated by the holiday cheer, listen and learn from their experiences. And the company that they landed at may just be a great fit for you too!
  3. You Could Encounter Less CompetitionFor all the reasons that you decide to put off your job search, many others are saying the same thing. That’s why it’s a great time to look for a new job…because most others are procrastinating. A little bit of extra motivation could make all the difference in your job search. It’s possible that you may be getting your application in at the perfect time. Or possibly catching that recruiter or hiring manager at the height of their holiday cheer as they read your resume.

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