5 Reasons You Need to Keep Looking for a Job During The Holidays

December 6, 2016

2:20 pm

While many job seekers believe that companies take a hiring hiatus during the holiday season, tech businesses are still bringing in talent during the winter months. With the country’s unemployment rate hovering around 5.0%, the lowest it’s been since the recession, the job market is strong and growing tech companies are on the lookout for new talent.

It’s no mystery that there’s a shortage of expertise in the industry, making tech talent all the more valuable. For those in the job hunt, here are 5 reasons you need to use this holiday season to your advantage:

No One Else Is Applying

Hiring isn’t slow during the holiday season because companies aren’t looking to hire. It’s slow because many candidates don’t apply. Don’t assume a company you’re interested in isn’t looking for new talent. Apply and put your resume out there anyway.

Tech Talent Is Always In-Demand

The tech industry is competitive and good talent isn’t always easy to find. As big data and analytics grow in importance, many tech companies are looking for new talent and there will be a higher demand for technical skills over soft skills.

As Quarter 1 begins January 1 and budgets are refreshed, organizational teams will want to start the new year right to achieve their goals with more team members. Logically, the hiring process starts before then. You may have the skills a company is looking for, so don’t sell yourself short by waiting until after the holidays to get on the radar of potential employers.

Your Résumé Will Get Read

If there’s ever a time to make sure your résumé gets read, it is the holiday season. You’ll have a better chance of standing out as fewer candidates apply during this time. Instead of the usual one-minute résumé glance during busier times of the year, you may get a two-minute read. That could make all the difference.

You may also have a better chance of receiving an interview with fewer competitors. Recruiters may give candidates that they would usually pass up a chance with a phone screening.

Interviews Are Happening

Yes, you’re right; you are unlikely to have an on-site interview the week before New Year’s Eve. However, the holidays are the perfect time for recruiters to get ahead with phone interviews. As recruiters gear up and prepare for the new year, they aim to get the preliminary interviews out of the way, and it could be you.

Networking Opportunities Exist at Holiday Parties

Over 85% of critical jobs are found through connections and networking. As you attend an abundance of holiday get-togethers, use the time to make connections. If you’re searching for a job, it doesn’t hurt to mention your skills and that you’re looking for a position. You never know if a friend, relative, or acquaintance will have a connection or know of an unadvertised job.

For college seniors and recent graduates, winter break is a great opportunity to get ahead and start applying for postgrad jobs and get ahead.

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Seth Birnbaum is the CEO and co-founder of EverQuote, the largest online auto insurance marketplace in the U.S. EverQuote has over $100 million in annual revenue and over 5 million unique visitors per month—with a three-year revenue growth of 208 percent. Birnbaum has grown the company since its founding in 2011 with a scientific, data-driven approach. The company’s data & technology platform unites drivers with agents and carriers to deliver great rates and coverage while maximizing policies sold for auto insurance providers. Seth is looking to share tech insight and expertise with Tech.co readers and contributors.

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