by Peggy Truitt, Program Director, JEVS Career Strategies
Circumstances change constantly. I tell people that folks leave positions all the time – no matter the field or industry. In many cases, those jobs need to be filled…in fact, my job at JEVS was due to the fact that someone had resigned around the winter holidays; I began that job in the month of January.
When many in the job-seeking population feel that January is a poor time to search for work, your application or resume can float to the top with less competition. One factor working in your favor is that some companies give bonuses at the end of the year; employees have been known to stick around until then, then offer their resignation, making room for someone new.
Another factor in your favor is that fiscal budgets are often already set for the following year – and it may be clear that additional positions or hours are available to hire new employees at the beginning of the calendar year.
The way to miss a chance for a great employment opportunity is to think about your job search as something that occurs in a vacuum (e.g. I just lost a job, or am about to be laid off and now I have to update my resume), rather than thinking of the job search as a year-round endeavor of being open to opportunity. Networking, especially at holiday gathering opportunities, is a form of job search – and winter gatherings can offer casual environments to make connections to new opportunities that can help us throughout the coming year.
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