5 Reasons to Boost Your Job Search During the Holidays

If you think the holiday season is one of fruitless job searches, think again. Despite the belief that recruiters are busy, overwhelmed, or out of the office during the holidays, the season actually presents job seekers with an opportunity to increase their search efforts and land a new position.

Here are five reasons to push for a new job before the new year:

Hiring is not just seasonal 

While you might expect companies to bring on extra temporary and part-time employees to help shoulder the burden of an increased seasonal workload, employers are also looking to add full-time team members during the holiday season.

In fact, 29 percent of employers surveyed for CareerBuilder’s Q4 2014 U.S. Job Forecast said they plan to hire full-time, permanent employees in Q4, up from 25 percent in 2013. The percentage of employers adding full-time talent during the holidays has not been this high since 2006.

Networking opportunities

Networking is one of the most powerful job search tools, and opportunities to network get a serious boost during the holidays. About 60 percent of recruiters feel they find their best candidates through referrals, and 40 percent of job seekers found their favorite or best job from a referral.

Take advantage of the endless stream of holiday parties, dinners, and get togethers to network. Let your friends and family know that you are looking for a position, and ask them to let you know if they hear of any openings. You never know when a friend-of-a-friend could get you closer to your dream job.

Holiday events are also a great time to chat with people who have a job similar to the one you are looking for or are working for your dream company. Get the inside scoop and ask them what they like about the job, the pros and cons of working for the company, and anything else you want to know.

Employers are still looking

If a position is open, recruiters need to fill it, no matter the time of year. They will not take a break or stop looking for the right candidate just because the holidays are approaching.

Recruiters with end-of-year deadlines or goals to fulfill will be stepping up their hiring efforts to finish out the year strong. Job seekers who wait until the new year may be missing a valuable window of opportunity.

Extra downtime 
Time off means more time to devote to your job search.

Use leftover sick and vacation days to perfect your resume, update your profiles on professional social networks and job search sites, and reach out to recruiters and employers.

Bored at a family party or holiday event? Instead of playing Candy Crush, use your smartphone to search and apply for jobs. About 43 percent of job seekers have used a mobile device for activities related to their job search, and recruiters are optimizing their career sites and job postings for mobile devices.

Holiday spirit 

The job search is exhausting, and if you’ve been looking for some time, you’re probably ready to give up what seems to be a wild goose chase.

The holidays bring us closer to family and friends, remind us what we have to be thankful for, and help to lift our spirits in preparation for the gloomy winter ahead. Direct this positive energy toward your job search. It sounds silly, but the holiday spirit could have a huge impact on your attitude, inspiring you to keep searching for that dream job. The excitement the season sparks could help to bring new energy to your job search.

Although the holidays are a time when we focus on the needs and wants of others, take some time this season to give yourself the new job you want.

Have you had success with your holiday job search? What tips do you have?