Thanksgiving is two weeks away.
If you’re looking for a job right now, that means you have less than two weeks to hustle. Once Turkey day happens, the tryptophan can sometimes put the hiring impetus to sleep until January 2nd.
Lame, I know. - So if you have any leads, follow up … Now.
Yeah, write that email, call that person, send that application out, get that coffee, grab that drink. If you don’t, it might not happen till 2018.
The best thing you can do is accept that between Thanksgiving and New Years, hiring managers sometimes don’t have the bandwidth or the need to hire new people. They have family obligations for one. In some cases, visiting the family is more stressful than anything work can throw at them.
Plus, there are just copious amounts of people taking time off. Vacation is hiring kryptonite. Note, that this has nothing to do with you, right?
The point is that hiring managers might focus on closing up loose ends instead of new hires. They need to manage their time off, their families, and their business all at once. Plus, interviewing and on-boarding lead times most likely extend into the new year.
Think of it this way, when you start to hear (insufferable, in my opinion) holiday music at every store: That’s your auditory cue that hiring season is slowing down for some companies until Q1.
So mentally prepare yourself for the hiatus in your job search. It’s a good time for self-reflection, strategizing, working on your resume, improving your interviewing skills, and doing research on whom you want to reach out to on Jan 2nd.
I know that isn’t what you want to hear. You want a job, and preferably the right job right now. But the more you can let go of the things you can't control, the happier you’ll be. Heck, you might even enjoy the holidays more.
Now, of course, you could get lucky. And I hope that you do. Someone might need you ASAP; I just would not emotionally invest in that possibility.
Here are some resources to help you prepare for next year:
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