It’s a common misconception that businesses aren’t hiring during holiday season. Don’t stop searching for jobs just because the end of the year is approaching. A simple job search on LinkedIn, Monster, or Dice, will show you that business are actually still hiring this time of year. It’s true that hiring used to be more seasonal, but in current times, most companies are hiring as needed.

Use this common misconception to your advantage. Plus, most people are so busy during the holidays that you will have less competition. The candidate pool will be less competitive because many people wait until the Spring to make a job transition.

Use this time of the year for networking. This is the time of the year for social and business holiday functions during November and December when you can connect with people who can help. Coerce your colleagues, friends, and family to bring you along to their work holiday functions, so that you can meet people in the workforce. In this day and age, the connections you have in the industry will give you a leg up during the hiring process. Make sure to have your business cards ready, and get your LinkedIn up-to date. For help with your LinkedIn profile, click here.

Don’t miss out on getting hired just because you stopped trying during the holidays.

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