Career Recruitment — 23 October 2012
It is not impossible to land a new job before Christmas

Many job seekers look at the calendar year as containing several ‘choice’ months, in which their chances of being hired are better than others. There’s all sorts of reasons bandied about for why these months are more conducive to landing a role and, conversely, why some others are not.

Depending on where you live and what industry you work in, hiring will likely follow some sort of seasonal trend, but I don’t think these trends are anywhere near as ‘cut and dried’ as some people make them out to be.

February is perfect here in Australia, some say, because the decision makers have returned from holidays and are ready to activate hiring decisions left on the back burner before Christmas.

October, meanwhile, is the perfect month to target companies operating on a fiscal year ending 30 September, because such companies have new budgets and perhaps new strategic objectives that can only be met through the hiring of additional team members.

December and January? Forget it! These two months are widely panned — at least here in Australia — and occasional data showing job advertising falling in these two months perhaps add some weight to this belief, and compounds job seekers’ pessimism during what should be one of the most enjoyable times of the year.

While hiring might follow some sort of trend, it doesn’t mean you, the job seeker, have to. In fact, committed job seekers most certainly don’t. Those who get the role they want don’t, as Public Enemy once said, believe the hype. They don’t make excuses for why they won’t get a job this month. They get out there during those months perceived as being quieter on the hiring front to uncover opportunities that will have them in the box seat once hiring picks up again. Or, as often happens, they find themselves a job when others say there are none to be found.

I know it’s not easy. I’ve said before that job-hunting sucks, and it’s true. It’s hard to keep slogging away when armchair specialists are saying hiring has died away, or dropped off. When the emails and phone calls aren’t being returned, it’s easy to believe the hype.

If you’ve been looking previously, and had little luck, that temptation is hard to resist. I’ve seen too many friends start to second guess their abilities when their seemingly perfect plans of leaving one job and starting another just don’t work out. Heck, I’ve experienced the self-doubt and frustration myself! Like most achievements, landing a plum job takes a little luck, a lot of effort, and a boatload of determination; even the best of us are tempted to throw our hands up in exasperation once in awhile, and towards the end of the year might seem a better time than most.

But seasonal hiring trends as an excuse for not getting out there and looking? I don’t buy it. Even if hiring is being put off towards the end of the year, what’s stopping you throwing some irons in the fire right here and now? What about networking at end-of-year celebrations? It might be a slower period for hiring, but then again, it might not, and there’s a hell-of-a-lot-of-good cheer getting round towards the end of the year. Use it to your advantage.

Ask people questions. Stay in touch with decision makers if you can. The little things you do to be remembered — to stay in the back of a hiring manager or decision-maker’s mind — can lead to a big outcome.

So you want a job before Christmas? It can happen, but if it doesn’t, make sure it’s not through want of trying. If you want to use the end of the year to refresh yourself before diving back into the hunt early in the new year, there’s nothing wrong with that either. Just don’t believe the hype.  Good things come to those who wait, but not to those who make excuses. Get out there!

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  1. Pingback: It is not impossible to land a new job before Christmas | adageblog

  2. I am increasingly bored by Christmas being used as an excuse
    as to why someone should not be hired at this time of year.

    Personally I have landed two great jobs two weeks out from
    Christmas and working in Advertising and Marketing which
    everyone tells you that this is not the time of year to look for a job.

    But lets just park Christmas for a moment and start with January.

    January Excuse: “Everyone is still on holidays”.
    February Excuse: “Just back from holidays and looking at our requirements”
    March Excuse: “Have completed our planning process and will make decisions soon”
    April Excuse: “Easter is coming up. Call me back in May”
    May Excuse: “Still looking at our plans….decisions soon”
    June Excuse: “It’s coming up to the end of the Financial Year….call back in July”
    July Excuse: “Drawing up our plan for the new Financial Year..call back in August”
    August Excuse: See March
    September Excuse: See May
    October Excuse: “Christmas is coming up….nothing much for the rest of the year”
    November Excuse: “It’s almost Christmas, call in January”
    December Excuse: “Can you talk a bit louder….its our Christmas party today”

    And the cycle starts again!

    Jobs are advertised, candidates are interviewed and people are employed each
    and every month of the year.

    The best idea is to completely ignore all the excuses as opportunity exists every day.

    And if you have an opportunity for me, here’s a link to my LinkedIn Profile

    http://au.linkedin.com/pub/tony-simms/13/884/860

    I’m available without excuses.

    Call me now! M: 0431 152 051

  3. Thanks for your comment Tony; love the month-by-month breakdown! Completely agree that ‘opportunities exist every day’. A little luck goes a long way, too, but as the saying goes, ‘luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity’.

    Thanks again, and good luck with the job hunt!

    Tim.

  4. Love this article, and I’m currently searching for a new job (yes… this close to Christmas). With that, I’m experiencing the plethora of similar excuses and reasons as to why I should wait until February or that I should just “go on holidays”.

    I’m definitely looking, wanting and making sure that it’s not due a lack of trying.

    As Confucius says: Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. I’m searching hard for that job – regardless of sunshine, rain or the flux of seasons. So contact me:

    LinkedIn: Communications, Marketing and Digital Media Professional

    • Hey Phya,

      I’d recommend you contact Miles Kaye in our Sydney office http://www.firebrandtalent.com/miles-kaye who’s our Digital Marketing Talent Agent.

      Good luck!

      • Hello Hannah,

        Will do! Thanks very much for the recommendation, vastly appreciate it and I hope you have a lovely week ahead!

        Warmest regards,
        Phya

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