NEW YORK (MainStreet) Even though this time of year may inspire more interest in holiday shopping and decorating than job hunting, experts say the holiday season is an excellent time to get hired or at least get on the right company's "nice" list. Take a look at the top five reasons the holidays can be particularly lucrative time for job-seekers and the best ways to get your application in before New Year's Eve.
1. Holiday parties
"The holiday season offers plenty of opportunities to connect with people in person holiday parties, volunteer programs, recognition events and more," says Paul McDonald, senior executive director at Robert Half. "Take advantage of these opportunities to step away from your computer and connect with people face to face."
No matter the role you're seeking, Christy Palfy, a recruiting manager at Progressive Insurance, says to let people know you're looking even friends and family.
"There will be plenty of get-togethers that offer a great opportunity to introduce yourself and make it known you're looking," Palfy says.
Even if you're partying with people in differing industries, don't be afraid to make your desires known.
"You should still mention it," Palfy says. "You never know who people may know, and you may find out there are roles open you never even knew existed."
Also, don't restrict your networking to professional or industry events, McDonald says. Your best leads may come from non-work gatherings like your children's school event or your neighbor's holiday party.
"Remember that people tend to be more willing to help those they've met in person, so make the effort to connect live," he says.
2. Less competition
During the Holidays, many job-seekers may be less engaged at work and more focused on their family and friends and that means you may end up in a pool of fewer applicants and therefore up against less competition than other times of year, says Piera Palazzolo, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Dale Carnegie Training.