Have you ever wondered if employers are really hiring during the holidays or summer months? You apply to job postings but aren’t getting many responses. No one is really hiring, are they? I have worked with many job seekers that feel this way. The truth is that employers are hiring during these times and it is critical to stay active. Also, because many job seekers stop searching during the summer and holiday season, you have less competition. Here are some great tips on how to stay active as well as reasons why employers hire during the holidays and summer months.
Employers are hiring during the summer and holiday season for the same reasons they hire throughout the year: positions become vacant, companies undergo organizational restructuring, and/or business grows and more employees are needed. Current employees often take substantial time off during these months as well, so employers want to be sure they are fully staffed at all times and have qualified resumes on hand for any unexpected hiring needs. According to executive recruiters, 69% of employers post the same amount if not more jobs during November and December compared to the rest of the year. Furthermore, 53% of employers are actively interviewing candidates during the last 2 months of the year.
Here are a few tips on how to stay active and make connections during your search:
Don’t fall into the mindset that you have to put your job search on hold because of the season. Instead, maintain a proactive search during the holidays and summer months. You will benefit from less competition and more networking opportunities and be successful in your job search.
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David Schepp— Is Job Searching During The Holidays Pointless?