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Why It’s A Bad Idea To Kill Your Job Search During The Holiday Season

Why It’s A Bad Idea To Kill Your Job Search During The Holiday Season

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From Cyber Monday through January 1, many of our lives get busy preparing, enjoying and managing the hustle and bustle of the holidays.

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While it’s understandable that many choose to take a break from job searching throughout late November and December, this decision may be in part driven by myths and misinformation.

Learn the facts and decide for yourself if this seasonal break will help or hurt:

Hiring Shuts Down

Hiring only shuts down completely when a company closes completely during the holiday season. For the most part, companies may close on Christmas and New Year’s Day, but are in fact still open throughout the rest of the month.

If companies continue to conduct layoffs, people continue to give their notice and to retire, companies will hire!

There’s No Money For Jobs Until The Beginning Of The Year

Many companies have budgets set up where any untouched funds will be lost if not used.

That means if they have a position that needs filling, the hiring manager will likely be looking to fill it immediately in case funding disappears in 2017.

Job Searching During The Holidays Is A Waste Of Time

The competition during the month of December usually gets lighter as many do choose (unwisely!) to halt their job hunt until January.

I Can Get Started After The New Year

You can of course wait until January to get your job search back on track. However, it is important to keep in mind that getting your LinkedIn and Resume up to date for a 2017 kickoff takes time – often a few weeks to a month from start to finish.

Your best bet to hit the ground running the week after the New Year is to take the time now to bring your resume and LinkedIn up to speed.


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Virginia Franco Virginia Franco, NCRW, CPRW is the founder of Virginia Franco Resumes which offers customized executive resume and LinkedIn profile writing services for the 21st century job seeker. Her strategies and documents have helped 100s to secure interviews in < 60 days.