President & CEO
Lainie Bennett is President and CEO of Millennium Personnel Corp., an independently owned and operated boutique administrative employment agency.
With various holidays observed at the end of the year, many believe that year end is the slowest hiring season. People are not focused on job hunting during the holidays. They are focused on attending social gatherings and spending time with family and friends for the holidays. Additionally, this time of year is one of the busiest for travel. Many take time off from work and head home for the holidays. So, you think: why spend time polishing up my resume or going out on interviews at this time of year when companies aren’t hiring? Just put off your job search until after the New Year, right? WRONG!
Contrary to what you may believe, hiring just doesn’t come to a halt because of the holidays. There are plenty of companies whose busiest hiring season comes at the end of the year. Therefore, job hunting during the holidays may not be a flunk at all! Read on to learn the top 5 reason why you should keep your job hunt moving forward during the holiday season.
1. Job hunting during the holidays puts you at the head of the line.
This is your time to hit the ground running. Since most people spend this time of year focused on personal matters, you’ll definitely stand out to an employer when you apply for work and go out on interviews during this season. Also, with less competition than usual, you’ll have a greater chance at landing the job. Plus, you’ll beat the rush and be ahead of those who are all about the “New Year, New Me” craze and look for work after the new year.
2. Take advantage of the “Use It or Lose It” policy some companies enforce.
Some companies scramble to employ new staff towards the end of the year to fulfill employment quotas. If the position remains vacant at the end of the year, it may be eliminated altogether and the HR managers could very well lose their hiring budget and funds for the coming year. Because of this, chances are employers may be eager to hire before the end of the year.
3. This is the best time to network.
With the holiday parties and social gatherings you’re likely to attend, you are bound to interact with potential employers. Therefore, why not turn these events into networking opportunities?! At these parties, you’ll be able to put the word out that you’re looking for a new job. And, in keeping with the season of giving, those in attendance will be sure to spread the word to friends, colleagues and family members who may be looking to hire.
4. There is a plethora of seasonal and temporary jobs that may lead to permanent work.
During the holidays, there is quite a big spike in temporary and seasonal jobs. There are retail companies looking to hire additional staff to help during this very busy shopping season. Additionally, there are corporations looking to place on a temporary basis to cover employees who take leave/vacation during this time of year. Do not count these short-term employment opportunities out. These roles can very well lead to permanent work down the line, just as long as you put your best foot forward and prove your worth. Often times, employees choose not to return to work but to find a new position to ring in the New Year. Guess who’s usually considered first for these suddenly vacant permanent slots…temporary and seasonal workers!
5. You’ll have your salary and benefits all set for the new year.
Starting the New Year with a job and an established salary will help you to plan for the coming year. You’ll be able to set your budget as well as tackle your tax planning.
If you have any questions about job hunting during the holidays, or if we can be a sounding board for your job search inquiries, please contact us at 212-244-2777.