The Recruiter, the Wise Job Seeker, and the Holidays

happy-holidaysIt’s a very common myth among job seekers that they may as well put their search on hold during the holiday season. The rationale is that “everyone” takes vacation time during the holiday season and no significant hiring decisions are made until people are back in the office in January.

That is simply not true.

Recruiters are actually rather busy during this time of year. Companies often contract with recruiters at the end of a calendar year so that they already have searches underway, and candidates in the pipeline, when the new year arrives.

The wise job seeker is using the natural networking opportunities the holiday season provides to reach out to their network to reconnect and establish goodwill – without actually asking for anything. The wise job seeker is also using this time to have a resume writer take a look at their resume, because no matter how good an executive you may be, or how many people you’ve hired, you aren’t a professional job seeker or a professional resume writer. When it comes to resumes, you are not an expert. While they are at it, the wise job seeker should inquire about personal marketing materials, because these days a resume isn’t enough.

Of course, in between reaching out to online contacts and meeting those contacts who are local for a bit of holiday cheer, the wise job seeker is spending some time doing research on companies they’d like to work for. Identifying the companies isn’t enough! You’ve got to identify their pain-points and then map out how you are the solution they simply cannot live without. Be the aspirin that cures their headache!

Here’s an article written by recruiter Ann Zaslow-Rethaber in which she states November and December are “typically two of the busiest months of the year for us recruiters.” Ann goes on to provide some suggestions on ways you can further your job search during the holiday season. And she even mentioned an article on holiday job search that I wrote two years ago. It’s still a good read!

Recruiters are actively working this time of year and you should be, too!

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson is ExecuNet's president and chief economist. An Arjay Miller Scholar, Mark received his MBA from Stanford University and a BA in economics from Yale University. He joined ExecuNet in 1993, with extensive marketing and new product and business development experience, having served as president and founder of A&M Associates, an investment management firm. Mark's corporate leadership experience includes several senior marketing and financial positions with RCA Global Communications (a GE subsidiary) and American Can Company.

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