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Continue Job Hunt During Holidays or Risk Missing Out

Continue Job Hunt During Holidays or Risk Missing Out

Associated Press via Yellowbrix

The holidays are no time to slow down your job search. In fact, those who continue seeking work may find it’s less competitive, easier to reach hiring managers and a good opportunity to nestle into the front of the line for openings in the new year.

True, company recruiters are likely taking time off and slowing down their hiring efforts from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. But if a large number of candidates assume it’s safe to take a break from the job hunt, those who don’t may find a job in their stocking, says Tony Lee, publisher of job search site CareerCast.com.

The site lists these reasons you should keep applying rather than crying in your egg nog:

- Not only do many candidates withdraw from the job market over the holidays, but those who are considering a job change usually stay put to make sure they receive year-end bonuses and vacation time they’ve accrued.

- Hiring decision makers are less likely to be traveling as the holidays approach. Instead, they’re focused on finishing projects, cleaning out files, meeting with colleagues and attending holiday gatherings.

- Everyone is a little happier at the holidays, so leverage that good will to your advantage when trying to schedule interviews.

- Avoid the rush. New Year’s is full of reminders to start fresh, turn over a new leaf and set new career goals. Beat all of those to the punch by maintaining your job search through the holidays, and you’ll be on board by the time others are making their first calls.