Job Seekers: Don’t shut down that job search in December

First, let me say that I hope you have each had a wonderful Thanksgiving day and week.  it is my intent to make every day one of giving thanks, but it is very important to have this time of year when we are focused on the value of giving thanks for all of our blessings.

One of my greatest blessings is the opportunity I have to work with so many people in transition through the Career Transition Group at Brentwood United Methodist Church in Brentwood, TN.  This ministry has been working with people in transition for over 24 years and I am blessed  to have been part of this journey for almost 5 of those years.  Not only do I get to meet so many wonderful job seekers, but I also get to work with other dedicated volunteers too numerous to mention.

As we round the turn for the twelfth and final month of the year I often get the question about whether it makes any sense to keep up the job search in this final month.  Without any reservation I answer “YES” in every case and today I will share a few reason why I think December may be one of the most pivotal months of the year.

While it is certainly true that many decision makers take time off when the holidays approach, it is also true that many job seekers do pack it in when this time of year approaches.  One of the key reason you need to keep up, if not accelerate your search is that you have a better opportunity for visibility because of the dropping off of other candidates.  You have the chance to make a better impression because there will be fewer job seekers in the market.

You also have the opportunity to distinguish yourself as well.  If you know me well you know that  I espouse the philosophy of Keith Ferrazzi from his book “Never Eat Alone”.  Ferrazzi talks about finding a way to differentiate yourself and he also talks about the importance of sending the hand-written note.  Both of these are very doable in this final month and anything you can do will make a difference.

I would even go so far as trying to meet with employers in December.  I have found occasions over the years where many leaders in companies will work during the holidays because there is less noise and traffic in the office.  Sending a quick email or calling ahead just might get you that quick visit that would have never been thinkable in other parts of the year.

In summary, vigilance during the holidays can really pay dividends.  Keeping up your marketing can really differentiate yourself when compared with others because of the lack of participation by many other job seekers.

In this week of giving thanks, always take time during the other 11 months to pause and give thanks, even on those days when things seem darkest.  He is always there with you and He will care for you when your need is greatest.

Happy  Thanksgiving!

Have a great weekend.