November 26, 2012
Contrary to a common misconception among jobseekers, many companies do hire in December — even during the quiet week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. As Anne Fisher reports in her “Ask Annie” column for Fortune.com, managers are under pressure to be prepared for the New Year, which means having people in place before it starts and using budgets by December 31. In fact, December is the easiest job market of the year, whereas January is the toughest and most competitive, says Susan Joyce, who runs the career site Job-Hunt.org.
In an e-book called New Year, New Job!, Joyce and branding expert Meg Giuseppi offer tips from recruiters and career coaches on how to find a job in December. Reconnecting with old friends and acquaintances is natural at this time of year, so take the opportunity to reach out via LinkedIn and Facebook, the authors suggest. Many nonprofits need extra help during the holidays, and volunteering can lead to new relationships that will help with your job search.
Send holiday cards to companies where you’ve interviewed, to remind hiring managers that you’re still interested in working with them, perhaps in a different position than the one you applied for previously. While you’re at it, send holiday cards to thank everyone who has helped in your job search: networking contacts, recruiters, etc. Go to holiday parties for professional associations — often attended by hiring managers — or throw your own party. “Don’t hide, and don’t apologize,” Joyce says. “You’ve done nothing wrong, and anyway, unemployment is a temporary state. It’s not who you are.” — Greg Beaubien