Tips for Finding a Job During the Holidays

Nov 26, 2018 | Careers

If you’re looking for work, you might think the holiday season isn’t the right time to be searching. However, there are ways to use the holiday season to your advantage when job hunting. Keep reading to learn how to best structure and handle your job hunt during this time of the year.

Why Apply During the Holidays?

For many people, the holiday season is a time to relax and take some pressure off. But that doesn’t mean businesses slow down at the end of the year – or that they stop needing people to fill positions.

At many companies, hiring is a year-round process. It doesn’t make much difference whether you apply during summer or winter when the factors that drive hiring – such as employee turnover, business growth, and new projects – are constant around the year.

Another thing to consider is that one of the biggest obstacles to hiring during the holidays, conflicting vacation schedules, is much less of an issue today. The ease of online video interviews and communication means it’s much simpler to apply for or interview for a job even when you or the hiring manager are out of town.

Finally, remember that there could be less competition for exciting positions at the end of the year. Other job seekers may be slowing down their applications as well, so you have a better chance of standing out with a strong application.


Tips for Finding a Job During the Holidays


Keep Applying During the Holidays

It can be tempting to slow down your job search during the holiday season, but persistence will pay off. Hiring is a year-round process at companies and businesses, which means your process for applying shouldn’t slow down either.


Use Your Downtime Well

If you have a vacation from your current job or extra downtime outside of your normal schedule, use it to help your applications stand out. Brush up on your existing skills, study for a new certification, or just polish your resume or portfolio. Searching for a new job takes work beyond filling out applications, so try to find time where you can.


Connect and Network

One of the biggest advantages of the holiday season for job seekers is that it offers a perfect excuse to reach out to connections and build relationships. Sending a quick holiday email or card is a great way to get in touch with people, and holiday parties and events are the perfect excuse for some face-to-face networking. Just don’t be pushy, and don’t be offended if people take a while to get back to you.


Get Some Experienced Help

Another way to find a job during the holidays is to work with a qualified recruitment and job placement agency. Here at Neese Personnel, we work with job seekers in many industries to fill positions year-round. We’re always looking for talented job seekers, so reach out today and start the process.


Call Neese Personnel Today

Neese Personnel is one of Oklahoma City’s most respected and experienced staffing and recruitment agencies. We’ve helped Oklahoma businesses with their staffing needs for more than 40 years. Call us today at 405-942-8551 to see how we can help you find the right job, or take a look at some of our current openings online. You can also reach out to us on Facebookor LinkedIn to learn more.