Don’t believe people who say that no one hires in December.
While it’s true that some searches slow down or get put on hold, plenty of hiring still happens around the holidays. In fact, some hiring managers are scrambling to fill positions before the new year or want someone to start soon after January 1 (we have many of them). There are plenty of searches still going on, with candidates being interviewed and offers being made.
There’s likely to be less noise around job applications
With many of the less focused job seekers stopping their active search around the festive season, it’ll be easier for employers to focus on the great candidates that are coming through. If you can make a good impression, you’re likely to find yourself getting more face time with employers than normal.
You might need to be flexible.
Businesses that are trying to make a hire before the new year are often wanting to move quickly but have limited opportunities to interview. You’ll have a leg up if you’re willing to juggle your schedule to make yourself available when they can talk. This might require some flexibility with your holiday plans or being willing to come back from a trip on short notice if asked. (That said, don’t avoid making holidays plans just in case an interviewer calls. You could end up regretting that pretty quickly.)
Be prepared to be patient.
Hiring processes can often move more slowly at this time of year, especially if key decision-makers are out on vacation. That means that employers might take longer to get back to you or need to wait for someone to return from vacation before a hiring decision can be finalised. You should still follow up politely after an interview to reiterate your interest, but don’t be discouraged if it takes longer than usual to hear back from employers; there’s generally no way to avoid that.
Rejection is possible, keep it in perspective.
Job-searching in December increases the chance of getting a rejection near Christmas – don’t let it bust your holiday spirit. Rejections are a normal part of a job search and it’s close to impossible to be searching in this industry without racking up a few, no matter who you are or what your experience and qualifications are.
If you get hired, you might not start until after the New Year.
While plenty of employers are making job offers this month, many of them are setting a start date for the New Year. After all, with lots of staff away on vacation, it can be hard to have someone new start when no one is around to train them.
If you do get a gig that starts in the New Year, you can really enjoy a break over the holidays – no more job searching to worry about and no work to do until January.
Enjoy your festive season and I look forward to catching you in the New Year.