Many people mistakenly believe companies don’t hire new employees during November and December holiday season. It may seem reasonable to assume employers pause searching during the hubbub of the holidays and suspend hiring until the new year begins. In reality, many hiring managers are still looking to fill positions before the year’s end.
In fact, at the end of the year, many firms in various industries are hiring with urgency. Department budgets tend to be distributed based on annual expenses, leaving managers with the need to “use it or lose it” before the fiscal year is up. This can create an end-of-year need to fill as many open positions as possible.
Consider pursuing jobs in industries that are extremely busy during the holiday season, such as food and consumer brands. Due to their immediate need, hiring managers may be willing to bend the requirements of the position to find quality candidates quickly. Just remember to apply for these jobs before December 24, as many offices operate on a reduced schedule between Christmas and New Year’s Day.
As always, when applying and interviewing it’s important to ask the right questions. You are welcome to ask the hiring manager how soon they are looking to fill the role. Make sure you have that same sense of urgency as the company and never be afraid to keep looking if you don’t get a position. Read our post on how you should dress for your interview. During the holiday season job search, keep in mind these three things recruiters want in a candidate.