Contrary to popular belief, the holiday season is a great time for job seekers. With another year ending and a promising new year on the horizon, it’s easy to start thinking about how to make the most of the new year. If starting a new career is at the top of your resolutions list, now is the perfect time to put yourself out there and discover your dream job.
Whether you’re continuing your job search, or just looking to get started, you have the power to give yourself the gift of a job you’ll love! Don’t believe us? Here are five reasons to accelerate your search this holiday season.
Yes, People are Hiring!
Don’t let the misconceptions surrounding job seeking to deter you from finding the opportunity of your dreams. You may think that hiring managers take a break during the holidays, but a little bit of research will prove that there are plenty of active hiring managers looking to fill a variety of available positions. With January right around the corner, companies are thinking about positive changes in the new year. Be a part of their plans by applying for available positions that fit your criteria.
Turn a Temporary Position into a Permanent One
With an influx of shopping and spending during this time, some industries experience a lucrative boom in business. This creates a need for new team members to step up to the plate and support temporarily. Demonstrating your value in a seasonal position has the power to secure you a full-time offer.
Stand out in a competitive crowd by applying when others are laying low. A reduced number of applicants increases your chances of being recognized by a hiring manager and landing an interview. You may find a potential employer in need of someone to fill a role as soon as possible, positioning you to be the key player they’ve been missing.
To further differentiate yourself in a competitive market, make note of the timing of your application and use that to your advantage. Think of your application as an example of your eagerness, persistence, and drive. These are all valuable soft skills and can make a difference in deciding a hiring team’s final selection. Use the new year as an opportunity to substantiate your cover letter by connecting back to your strengths and career aspirations.
Increased Networking Opportunities
In both your personal and professional life, there is always an increased amount of communication around the holidays. Take advantage of the opportunities to connect with former colleagues and catch up on what they’re up to. Cultivating your network is a great way to advance professionally and increases your chances of hearing about future job opportunities.
Don’t miss out on holiday networking opportunities, both virtual and in person, where you can connect with other professionals and potential employers in a low-stakes, high-energy event.
Happier Hiring Managers
People are generally in better spirits during the holiday season. This can result in significantly sweeter interactions with hiring professionals and allow for stronger first impressions. You only get one chance to make a first impression, so try and connect with others during the happiest time of the year.
Remember, recruiters are active this holiday season, and you should be too! If you’re in the midst of a job hunt, take advantage of Herzing University’s Career Development services to prepare for a successful job search. If you’re looking to strengthen your educational experience, explore the variety of programs offered through Herzing University’s extensive online division, or at one of their 11 ground campuses nationwide.
* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2021. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.