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Should I wait until January to look for a job?

The Local Job Market


It’s December, and everyone says that companies don’t hire around the holidays. Should I keep looking, or just wait till January?


YES, you should definitely keep looking!

It’s true that hiring managers often take some time off at the end of the year, as many folks do. But very few companies close down from Thanksgiving through the first of the year. In fact, some companies gear up their hiring process then: getting ready for a new budget year, preparing for upcoming projects, getting new people on board so they’re ready when things heat up in early January.

Another reason to keep looking is that there is less competition in December. Lots of people believe, as you noted, that nobody hires around the holidays, so they suspend their search. Their vacation is your opportunity. Keep applying. Keep researching.

The end of the year is also the best time for networking, which is probably the way you’ll find your new job at any time. Events are going on all around you; many of them are free. Friends and acquaintances are having parties, so accept as many invitations as you can.

Volunteer opportunities abound (but check with the organization about their needs before you show up on the doorstep.) Volunteering is a great thing, not only to do, but also to put on your resume. It drastically raises your chances of getting an interview, especially if your volunteer gig is related to the job you want. When you volunteer, you get new people in your network; you gain skills; you have people who can be great references for you. And that doesn’t even account for the general satisfaction you get from helping others.

Workforce Services processes many new job leads every day in November and December. One of them might have your name on it. So yes, by all means, keep searching this month!


About the Author

Beth Davis-Reinhold

Beth Davis-Reinhold is an instructor at Frederick County Workforce Services, where she has worked for over 20 years. She teaches job search seminars and basic computer skills. She is a Certified Professional Resume Writer, and is Internet and Computing Core Certified (IC3). Beth has been a member of Toastmasters International for more than 15 years, and is an Advanced Communicator Silver. A graduate of Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, Beth has also studied American Sign Language for many years. In addition to many sundry projects for FCWS, Beth writes its “Ask the Career Coach” blog.