How did it get to be the holiday season already?
Before you know it, the new year will be here, and it will be time to resume your executive job search in earnest.
You’ve put your search on hold until January, because everyone knows that no one lands anything but seasonal work in November or December, right?
You couldn’t be more wrong.
According to online job search expert Susan P. Joyce, in a recent post at her Work Coach Café blog:
• Only 1% more jobs were open in January and February of 2013 (vs. November and December of 2012).
• Only 3% more jobs were filled in January and February of 2013 (vs. November and December of 2012).
• Employers are more desperate to fill jobs in November and December.
Using employer spending as a measure, employers are willing to pay more to promote their job postings in November and December than they are in January and February (when they have plenty of attention from job seekers).
In fact, the holidays are a great time to make networking headway in your job search and land your next gig.
You’ll have less competition for about the same number of jobs because everyone thinks it’s the worst time to land a job and don’t bother trying.
Employers want to fill openings before the end of the year, so they’ll be 100% staffed at the start of the 2014.
You’ll have more opportunities to meet and speak with executive recruiters, hiring decision makers, and others who can help you with your career goals, because they won’t be inundated with meeting requests, like they will as soon as January gets here.
Want to learn how to best accelerate your search over the next 2 months?
Susan and I published a nifty Amazon Kindle book to help you:
And the price is only 99 cents !!!
In the ebook you’ll find valuable tips and resources from 26 of the job search and career experts at Job-Hunt.org – one of Forbes’ Top 100 Websites for Your Career – with a preface by Richard Bolles, author of “What Color Is Your Parachute?”
Here’s a great holiday networking tip from Jeff Lipschultz, Job-Hunt’s Working With Recruiters Expert:
Give a recruiter their favorite gift: a lead.
If they are the business owner, they will appreciate being introduced to hiring managers interested in working with a new recruiter to fill positions next year (some recruiting firms will even pay a finder’s fee for the lead). Another form of lead is candidates. If you don’t fit a job they are working on, but you know a perfect fit, you should present their resume as a “gift.” It’s all about networking and helping each other. By providing leads, you are helping the recruiter and they do remember and help people who go the extra mile for them.
For only 99 cents, this is a steal!
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