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Six Reasons to Continue Your Job Search During the Holidays

In the classic 1979 Oscar-winning film “Kramer vs. Kramer,” a determined Dustin Hoffman insists on getting an interview for a job he desperately needs – all while the company holiday party is taking place.  While we’re not saying you should take such drastic action to interrupt some office downtime, we do believe you shouldn’t be deterred in your job hunt just because it’s the holiday season.

Here are six reasons this is a great time to continue your search. 

1. Less Competition

Many other job seekers may buy into the same “no one hires during the holidays” myth and shut down their search until the new year. That thins out the candidate pool and means you have less competition than in the busy spring and early fall periods. Keep submitting your resume, following up with your recruiter and making yourself available. Keep plugging away, and your holiday gift just may be a new job.

2. Seasonal Work

At this time of year, the temperature drops, the decorations go up and permanent employees take vacations. But, for most companies, the work still needs to get done. You can take advantage by securing a short-term temporary assignment with a company that could be tough to crack under normal conditions. Getting in the door offers a great opportunity to network, learn new skills and add to your resume. 

3. End of Year Budgets

The term "use it or lose it" still applies in some companies when it comes to budgets. Departments that have held off on hiring may find themselves with a budget surplus they need to spend. One of the solutions to their problem might be to hire staff, which could lead to a role opening up earlier than anticipated. 

4. More Search Time

If you're currently employed and actively job searching, you may find the holidays present an opportunity to take advantage of a quieter, less active office. Your boss is less likely to question time off during the holiday season than during a busier time of the year, which could give you more time for interviewing and networking activities.

5. Holiday Networking

Attending the usual round of holiday parties presents you with more networking opportunities than usual. The adage, “It’s all about who you know,” is particulary true in many hiring situations. Interacting with people in a social setting increases the odds you’ll make a connection that could lead to a new opportunity. In any event, working a party beats pounding the pavement and submitting your resume online. 

6. The Holiday Spirit

This might just be the perfect time to capitalize on a hiring manager’s holiday spirit. People tend to be filled with festive cheer when they have lights and decorations staring them in the face. Although this may seem unlikely, subjective factors do play out in the hiring process. If you build solid rapport, a joyful hiring manager just might be hit with the spirit of the season and give you a chance.


Your job search is a full-time job so you need to stay at it all year, even during the holidays. And, about that Dustin Hoffman interview? He got the job. 

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