During the holiday season, we may be tempted to neglect our job search and put off job research, planning, and applications until the new year. The holidays are a time for relaxing with friends and family, attending office parties, and giving gifts. Which means that it’s also a great time of year to take on an online job search and necessary resume improvements — there’s less competition.
Hiring in December
Thanks to excess money in a company’s budget this time of year, there are new positions open, waiting to be filled. With less competition during the holidays, you’ll increase your chances of getting an interview — and potentially a job offer. You’re also more likely to be noticed by job recruiters and hiring managers, who may be inclined to give you more attention and time, since fewer people are applying right now.
Depending on the position or company you’re interested in during your job search, December is also a great month to look for temporary work. This may include retail, customer service, or administrative work that will help you to get your foot in the door and make further company connections. You never know when a temporary seasonal job will lead to a full-time position.
A Great Time to Network
With an abundance of holiday parties this time of year, it’s a great time to take advantage of possible informal networking opportunities. Attend open industry events, reach out to a connection on LinkedIn, or send a friendly email to an employee at a company you’re interested in. When reaching out to a contact, simply wish them a happy holiday — don’t mention your job application. However, don’t be afraid to call or email the company you’re interested in — December is a great time to request a job or informational interview.
This is also a great time of year to volunteer for a cause you care about. Volunteering can be a great way to make connections in your industry, learn about new job openings, learn new professional skills, test out different fields or positions, and fill in any experience gaps on your resume. Depending on your field of interest, you may volunteer at your local library or school district, build a website for a particular organization, or work abroad with disaster relief. Volunteer work can help you to make valuable professional connections — you may meet someone who could pass on your resume to a friend or colleague in your industry, or serve as a reference.
Who’s Hiring and When to Apply
If you want a better idea of the companies that are hiring this December, look no further. Dolby, Teach for America, Allstate, Twilio, and Squarespace are all looking to fill a large number of positions. If you’re looking for a more flexible position, iHeartMedia, Verizon, Aetna, and the Mayo Clinic, among others, are also hiring this month. In addition to these positions, check out AmeriCorps for further job and volunteer opportunities that will begin in the new year.
Be sure to check out your local job listings and the individual career pages of any businesses you’re interested in — they may not list open positions on a job board. The best time to apply for a new position is the week after Christmas, before New Year’s Eve. That way, you’ll be ahead of the flood of January applications — and more likely to get into the first round of interviews early.