Think there’s no way you’ll find a new job over the holidays? This may actually be the best time for you to look.
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We’re well into holiday season, when the question arises about whether this is a good time to look for a new job.
Your first reaction might be, “Oh, hell no! I’m not right before Christmas!” But this can actually be the best time of the year to start looking. If you’re using any of these four excuses, they’re probably NOT legit:
1. Why bother looking for a job when no one’s hiring?
Despite the old notion that nobody hires before the end of the year, the reality is that this is an extremely active time for companies to hire. While reflecting on the current year and planning ahead, managers often realize they’re understaffed. Also, many companies will need to look for new hires just to avoid losing their budget for headcount in the following year. This usually amounts to quite a few companies hustling last-minute to fill some positions.
2. What about the bonus I’ve spent the whole year earning?
Don’t want to walk away from that end-of-the-year bonus? If a new opportunity is a clear step forward for your career, then it’s probably worth walking away from that bonus to set yourself up for the long-term, both professionally and financially. Besides, you may be able to keep it; I’ve seen companies offer to new hires to help make up for any lost bonuses.
3. But I’ve already planned out my time off; where would that go?
Lots of us have time off scheduled around the holidays. You can explain during the interview process (or even better, when you’re offered the job) which days you need off, and in most cases, everybody will understand. It’s not a deal breaker that you want to be with your family on Thanksgiving, and no one’s going to avoid hiring you for that reason. They want to be with their families, too!
4. How am I supposed to get an around everyone else’s time off?
People spend time with their families over the holidays, but they also spend time going to holiday networking events. What better way to really get the scoop on hiring—and maybe hear about a job opening you didn’t know about—than being at a meetup where you can talk to Marge from HR after she’s had a couple of eggnogs? She’s certain to spill the beans about the urgent need they have to fill. Utilize these networking events to meet people, shake their hands and really get a feel for who needs to add headcount immediately.
The truth is that people are hiring right now, and if opportunity is knocking, you’ve got to answer, regardless of the time of year. So give yourself a new job as a holiday present, and put your career in a better place—without Santa’s help.
Mike Reynolds is a Practice Manager at in Atlanta specializing in recruiting for IT services. Follow him for more insights on career development and the general IT industry.