Unwrap Success, Christmas Job Search

Job Search During the Holidays

The allure of taking a hiatus from your job search might be tempting, especially as the challenge of allocating dedicated time intensifies. With the holiday season in full swing, the juggling act between home and work tasks can be overwhelming. The idea of some downtime becomes increasingly appealing. While rejuvenation is essential, putting a complete halt to your job hunt might not be the wisest move. Even if you’re yearning for a breather, here are five reasons why pausing your job search during the holidays is not the best idea:

Seeking Opportunities:

Contrary to common belief, employers actively seek outstanding candidates in December. Many companies, especially larger ones, utilize applicant tracking systems, allowing them to collect resumes continuously. Missing out on opportunities by taking a break at the wrong time could be detrimental. December is also a crucial period for hiring managers to finalize plans for the upcoming year, with aggressive hiring strategies in play.

Timing is Everything:

If you’ve saved up leave to spend time with family and friends in December, congratulations! However, consider utilizing some of that extra time to continue your job search. December sees a decline in job hunting activity, translating to less competition for you. The prospect of job hunting in December becomes more enticing when you factor in this decreased competition.

Networking Extravaganza:

The holiday season offers unparalleled opportunities for networking. Numerous gatherings provide chances to meet new people and reconnect with old friends. Check your community’s event calendar, attend gatherings, and seize the chance to expand your professional network. Business cards can be invaluable, particularly if you position yourself as a “freelancer” ready for project work.

Year-End Hiring Incentives:

Many companies use December 31 as their financial year-end, creating a scenario where a leftover budget for unfilled positions can serve as an incentive for hiring managers to expedite the recruitment process. Being hired in December may grant you additional weeks before the new start date in the New Year.

Favorable Negotiations:

Salary structures are typically in place for the upcoming year by December. Hiring managers often have some flexibility during this period, and the holiday season’s generous spirit might work in your favor. Negotiating a better deal could be more achievable during this time compared to the post-holiday period.

If you’re convinced that a job search in December is worthwhile, read on to discover how to make a lasting impression on hiring managers. If not, enjoy the holidays, and we’ll catch up with you in January!

Pro Tips for a Successful Job Search:

  • Polish Your Resume: Ensure your resume is updated and ready to go. Consider hiring a professional resume writer for a quick turnaround. Use keywords from job advertisements to enhance your resume’s effectiveness.
  • LinkedIn Profile Makeover: Keep your LinkedIn profile current and distinct from your resume. Showcase your personality and key accomplishments in a conversational manner.
  • Craft an Elevator Pitch: Have a concise, compelling elevator pitch ready for networking events. This 30-second pitch should highlight your skills and make a memorable impression.


Wishing you a joy-filled holiday season surrounded by loved ones and the best of luck in your job search endeavors!

As always, I’m cheering for you!




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