I get it, when you’re in the throngs of the holidays, surrounded by family and to-do lists that are a mile long, it seems impossible to add one more thing to your plate. (Unless it’s another piece of apple pie!) “I’ll just wait until the new year to find a new job” you tell yourself. But let me give you an insider hint: that’s a terrible idea! December is actually the perfect time to start your job search, here’s why:
It takes a while to update your resume, cover letter template, contact references, etc.
Pushing your entire job search until 2017 means you will have to start from scratch in January – which is intimidating to say the least! Take some time in December to browse job listings, define the scope of your search, notify your references, and update your resume and cover letter. That way, as you go into the new year, you will have a clear sense of focus and direction. (Explore our Candidate Resources to get started!)
You probably have more time than usual
Yes, I know it is SUPER important that you spend as much of your free time watching football and drinking eggnog as possible, but hear me out. You have more vacation days than any other time of year, and dedicating just some of that time to your search will help you get ahead. Additionally, employers are *usually* more lenient when it comes to leaving early, taking a long lunch, etc. so it’s the perfect opportunity to squeeze in an interview or two.
Employers are hiring NOW
This might come as a surprise, but you’re not the only one wanting to start a job search in the new year. Thousands of other candidates (your competition!) will be doing the same thing. There’s only one big, giant, glaring problem: employers are hiring in December. In fact, many hiring managers are trying to use up their 2016 budget and would like to have their new employees start in 2017. By starting your job search journey during the holidays, you will not only be ahead of the pack, you might also get to enjoy an expedited hiring process and if you’re lucky, you could even be sitting comfy in your new position come January.