The holiday season is upon us, and it is a hectic time for many. At times, the idea of managing a job search while handling your holiday obligations might seem daunting. You might think that waiting until January is a better idea, but that isn’t always the case. Here’s a look at why you shouldn’t wait until January to find work.
If you don’t have a paycheck coming in, even a single month without income can derail your financial well-being, especially since the holidays can be expensive. Plus, there is a decent chance that you’d have to wait more than a month to actually get any money in your bank.
Most job searches take time. Along with finding opportunities, you have to refine your resume, wait to get called for an interview, attend the meeting, wait some more while they perform reference and background checks, get a start date, and wait once more for that day to arrive. Plus, even once you start working, you’ll have to complete a pay period, turn in a timesheet, and sit tight until payroll processing is through to actually see money in your bank account. That’s a long time to go without any cash coming in.
It isn’t uncommon for people to delay a job search during the holidays. They might assume that they don’t have time to add one to their already busy schedule, so they decide to put it off until January. This means they aren’t actively seeking out opportunities.
If you launch your job search now, you aren’t competing against candidates who decided to wait until January. This may make it easier to stand out, as the crowd could be smaller than it would be after the new year. Plus, many people decide to make finding a new job a New Year’s resolution, so your market might get flooded with candidates once 2020 arrives. By starting today, you are ahead of that group, which might give you an edge.
Companies Are Hiring Now
Many people assume that companies don’t hire during the holidays, but that isn’t true. When an organization has a critical vacancy, they move as quickly as possible to find a great candidate to fill it. By starting your job search now, you can apply to these openings, ensuring you don’t miss out on a great position that a company wants to fill fast.
Additionally, if a company wants to have a new hire in place on January 1, they have to start recruiting during the holidays. Even if they aren’t rushing, they still plan to make a decision before the start of 2020, and those who wait to launch a search in January won’t get a chance to land these opportunities.
Ultimately, if you need a job, delaying your search is never a great idea. Plus, there are excellent positions available right now. If you’d like to learn more about stellar opportunities, the team at The Advance Group wants to hear from you. Contact us to find out more about our open jobs today.