As we enter the last two months of the year, job seekers instinctively think that employers pull the brake on hiring new talent. To them, this means they should put their job search on the back burner. But wait a second; although it is true that hiring does decline during the fourth quarter, as a job seeker, you stand to lose valuable ground and momentum if you decide to wait until the new year to ramp things back up.
A better strategy is to continue applying for positions, continue working with your recruiters, continue making those "cold-call" contacts to companies, and by all means, continue your networking activities. November and December can be considered the "calm before the storm" and if you stop your job search activity, you may find yourself behind the eight ball playing catch-up when hiring picks back up in January. Who knows, you may just end up getting a few interviews before years' end if you continue working your job search plan.
Here are four things that you should consider doing in November and December to maintain your job search momentum going into the new year:
- Touch base with the recruiters you have been working with. To stay in touch, send them an updated resume or contact them to inquire about any new job orders.
- Continue perusing your job boards for current openings. Although the success of landing an interview via job boards is traditionally low, you may find that diamond in the rough that is a good fit. Also, if your competition has taken the rest of the year off, applications for these positions may be down, increasing your chances of being seen.
- Contact companies directly. Same strategy as with the job boards. Work your target company list and identify contacts that can introduce you to decision makers. At a minimum, try to set up networking meetings for the first of the year.
- Get ready to party! Well not exactly, but you should keep your eye out for opportunities to network at social events during this holiday season. You don't have go all out with resume and business cards in hand, but you should be prepared to pitch your abilities and career interests should you be given an opportunity.
Keep these four things in mind and don't be tempted to "take off" from your job search during the holiday season.