It seems like every year about this time, I begin to hear the same false myth that is very common with job seekers. I am not sure if it is due to the colder weather or the holiday commercials. (By the way, I am so glad that we are exchanging the ubiquitous campaign ads for holiday commercials. Especially the Belks commercial that really brings back memories.) But I get the same comment whether they are out of work or seeking a new position. “I can take the holidays off because no one hires during the holidays.”
As I mentioned, this is TERRIBLE advice to go by. Please see the attached link for some GOOD advice about how the holidays may be the PERFECT time for you to advance your job search. (Get Hired During The Holiday Season? Yes, You Can!)
I think that there are two big reasons why you should use the holidays to seek that next position. The holidays, through family get-togethers, company parties, or other get-togethers, allow you to run into people that you may otherwise not meet. Prepare yourself for these opportunities. Compose and practice your elevator speech and prepare a personal business card that has your name, contact information (I would advise your email address), and title or profession, but does not promote your company. This is for you, not your employer, especially if you do not have one or if you are exploring changing careers.
The second reason is to just keep your momentum up. Application processes can take a long time, don’t lift of the gas. Making contacts with people who can help network you into that company you desire can take time and are often done when you are not expecting.
Distinctive Documents mentions a third reason. That is you may face less competition during the holidays. Use that to your benefit. The holidays are when many people lose their focus when it comes to careers. Being prepared and having a plan can help you use the hustle and bustle of the holidays to your advantage.
Now I do think there is a reason in favor of taking the holidays off. It is if you are just burned out. Seeking a job, jumping through hoops, and riding the ups and downs can take a lot of physical and emotional energy. The holidays can be a great time to enjoy the season and time with the family. A time to recharge your batteries. But I would advise that this would be an exception.
I hope you have a great holiday season. (No it is never too early to talk about the holidays.) Use it to your advantage and maybe a new career will be what you find under the tree this year.