Monday 24 December 2012

How to use the Holidays to Job Search

It’s the holiday season! Are you still looking for that job you have been  dreaming about for ages? Were you thinking about putting your job search on hold till the end of the holidays? If so, you should really think twice! Contrary to popular opinion, the holiday season is really a good time of year to find a job.

Muovo would like to share with you Alison Doyle’s article located at,, where she explains why you should continue your job search even during the holidays. After all, employers are not likely to stop hiring just because it's the holidays.

Hiring Does Continue
In her article, Doyle cites Executive Dave Harshbarger who explains why hiring never stops regardless time of year. ‘For many of us, the holiday season is a time to sit back and relax, to take a break from business, to focus our attention on friends and family. For businesses, the needs that drive hiring throughout the year don't change just because the paid holidays are bunched up on the last pages of the calendar.’

Harshbarger further explains that at many companies, hiring and personnel activities continue all year round, because the needs that drive hiring mainly competitive pressures, growing markets, strategic initiatives, don't take a break.

Holiday Hiring
Harshbarger adds, ‘Hiring during the holidays is sometimes complicated because key decision makers are absent. In the case of hiring, arguably the most important decision companies make, it is common for key individuals to interrupt their vacations (where feasible) to meet with short listed candidates. In all cases, we understand that to meet our goals in the New Year, it is critical that we stay focused on our staffing plans even as we turn our gaze homeward’.

Tips for a Holiday Job Search

Doyle tells us that employers carry on focusing on hiring, even though there is a temptation to do otherwise. The same should hold true for job seekers. It can be easier to say, ‘I'm not going to bother, it's a bad time of year for job hunting’, than it is to move forward with a job search. However, for those who do keep on going, the additional opportunities are worth the effort.

Don't Slow Down Your Job Search
Some people give up job searching between Christmas and New Year. Do not be one of them. Employers are still hiring and there may be less competition from other job seekers at this time of year. In addition, companies that budget on an annual basis may have jobs that they need to hire for now.

Use Personal and Professional Events
If you are attending a holiday social event, it is definitely appropriate to mention that you are job searching. Accept all the invitations you receive, both personal and professional. You never know who may be able to help. Friends and family, as well as business acquaintances are typically more than happy to assist.

Finally, Sit back, Relax and Enjoy
During this time of year, it is important to take some time for yourself and your family. Do relax and enjoy the holiday season. After all, it only comes once a year!

Nikita Pisani at Muovo


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