It’s tempting to take a break from your job search around the holidays. Oddly enough, though, it’s a great time to continue both your informal and formal connections with potential employers.
For one thing, most job seekers falsely assume “nobody’s hiring” at this time of year; thus, they believe it’s a waste of time to keep looking. By reaching out at a time when others job searchers are taking a break, there are fewer competitors for opportunities.
Second, the people you wish to contact may be more relaxed and open to get-togethers. Whether or not you discuss current openings, you’re on the radar screen as the new year–and potential hiring–emerges.
Third, hiring doesn’t vanish for the month of December. I know from experience. Years ago, I interviewed for my job at Webster University on Dec. 15 and was offered the job on the 19th. More recently, a client interviewed in early Dec. and began her job on Dec. 26.
If you’re tired and want to give yourself a break, admit it; just don’t hide behind the “nothing happens in December” excuse.