Between shopping, traveling, and spending quality time with family and friends, you may
be tempted to put your job search on hold during the holiday season. Do NOT do it!
Maintaining momentum throughout the holiday season will significantly benefit your
ongoing job search.
1) Great Networking Opportunities
With a well-developed strategy, you can maximize the unique networking
opportunities that happen ONLY during the holiday season. Holiday gatherings and
events create spectacular opportunities to meet new contacts and grow your
professional network.
Although it is not polite to attend holiday parties with the sole intention of
advancing your job search, it IS appropriate to participate in career-focused
conversations, introduce yourself, and mention that you are in the market for a new
job. Plus, holiday events are a fantastic place to put your elevator speech to good
Whether you attend strategic business networking events or family social functions,
you should share your career intentions with trusted colleagues, family, and friends.
And ALWAYS be prepared to practice your networking skills and elevator speech.
2) Far Less Competition
Many job seekers pause their job search during the final two months of the year.
During the holiday season, fewer candidates are applying for jobs on platforms like
LinkedIn, ZipRecruiter, and Indeed – decreasing the size of the applicant pool.
Ultimately, this increases an active job seeker’s chances of being seen by employers
and being contacted for an interview.
Once the new year begins, the competition increases, as many job seekers will
adopt the “New Year, New Job” mentality. Continuing the job search momentum

during the last two months of the year will ensure that you start ahead of the
3) Seasonal Roles
Some employers actually INCREASE their hiring during the last quarter of the year.
Employers often need to fill temporary seasonal positions in order to manage the
busy holiday traffic. Anticipating these increases in traffic and hoping to start the
holiday season with a full team, employers tend to process job applications and
make hiring decisions more quickly than other times of the year.
Many of these jobs last through Valentine’s Day or even Mother’s Day, and often the
temporary seasonal jobs become permanent jobs.
4) Easier Compensation Negotiation
Most employers prepare and approve the next year’s budget prior to the start of the
new year. Employers have limited funds available to make new hires, so if you are
offered a job during the last two months of the year, you may be able to negotiate a
higher salary because there are more funds available in the new budget.
Negotiating a higher salary from the start is the BEST way to ensure you receive the
compensation and future raises you deserve. It is often much more challenging to
negotiate a significant compensation increase (greater than 3% to 6% per year) once
you start working, so maximize your initial starting salary and benefits package
when you have the opportunity. There is no better time than the end of the year!
5) Flexible Start Date
In most industries, big organizational initiatives and projects typically do not start
during the holiday season. So, even if you are hired during the last two months of
the year, your new employer may be more flexible with your start date. You can
easily negotiate a start date after the new year, allowing you plenty of time to enjoy
the holidays and quality time with loved ones starting your new position.
6) Extra Time On Your Hands
Perhaps, you have some time off from your current job during the holiday season.
Take advantage of the extra time while you have it! Use this critical time to fine-tune

your resume and cover letter, practice your networking elevator speech, stay
informed about new job postings, apply for open jobs, and keep networking.
When you SHOULD pause your job search
There ARE some unique situations that might warrant pausing your job search for a portion
of the holiday season. Our coaches recommend taking a short break if...
● You have plans with family or friends. Enjoy and stay focused!
● You are experiencing job search burnout.
● You need to reflect on your career direction and clarify your goals and objectives.
Even a short, three-day break from the job hunt process can help you refresh and
rejuvenate – allowing you to return to the job search invigorated and excited to tackle the
next opportunity.
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