There’s a line of popular wisdom that says that the holiday season is not a good time to get a job, that end of year hiring freezes prevent employment and you should wait until January. In fact, the opposite might be true: the holiday season is a great time to get a job!
Here are 5 reasons why the holidays might be the best possible time to find a job, particularly for addicts in recovery or anyone looking to start a career.
1. Holiday Needs
There’s a reason the day after Thanksgiving became known as “Black Friday”: for many businesses, it’s the day of the year when your annual profit goes from “in the red” (at a loss) to “in the black” (above zero).
Many businesses need extra helping hands during the holiday season, and if you play your cards right you can stay on after the new year. Here are some businesses looking for additional help at this time of year:
- Retailers – Increased sales mean more employees at some of the nation’s largest retailers like Target, Macy’s, and Toys R Us. Smaller retail businesses, such as local stores, may also need additional help.
- Security – With all of those extra people going shopping or traveling, airports and malls often need additional security personnel.
- Shipping – FedEx and UPS are both often ranked among the best companies to work for, and have policies of promoting within, which can lead to a long-term career. The holidays, when extra help is needed, can be a great time to start a rewarding career n international shipping.
- Healthcare – If you have ever wanted to get into the healthcare field, the holiday season can be a perfect time to get started. People looking to use up their end-of-year benefits often get in those annual visits or dental cleanings between now and December 31st. Then January brings an onslaught of New Year’s resolutions-keepers, which continue to drive business (and staffing) up.
2. January is Packed
Hiring managers often get faced with “use it or lose it” budgets, to be used by December 31st (for tax purposes), which can also impact hiring. If the goal is to get fully staffed by January, not just with seasonal people but also with long-term employees, you want to be ahead of the wave.
Plus, thanks to the widespread notion that January is the best time to hunt for a new job, January is often full of competition–get your foot in the door now when they really need you and be ahead of the game.
3. Holiday Networking
Even if your budget is tight while you look for employment, you can attend holiday functions to utilize networking opportunities. Eat before you go and bring your own drink to save costs, but attending community events and work-related holiday gatherings can land you the connection that will get you that job.
4. Fresh Start
If you are just starting out in your career, some of the best places for a first job hire during the holiday season: restaurants, city governments (hanging holiday decor throughout the city), and more.
Some of the best places to start your career might also take you on as a volunteer, which could lead to a paid position.
5. Launch Your Startup
If you’ve been considering working for yourself, being an entrepreneur, December is also a great time to launch your startup. With people buying gifts for the holidays, planning for the new year, or otherwise spending, your business idea could launch.
So don’t give up on the job hunt during the holidays–it might be the best time of the year to start your new career.