In addition to the abundance of seasonal jobs that appear at this time of year (which you should consider; a seasonal role could lead to other opportunities), there are several other good reasons that a job search during the holidays is a good idea:
1. Competition may be less intense as many job seekers take ‘time off', incorrectly assuming that job searching during this time of year is fruitless. Take advantage and continue to apply to open roles during the holidays; an organization may desperately want to fill a role before the new year commences.
2. This time of year is ripe with holiday social events where you can network and spread the word about your search. Schedule in plenty of time to attend events, both personal and professional, to mingle with a variety of people. You never know who may offer you a lead or an opportunity.
3. The holidays are a great excuse to connect and re-connect with contacts. Send out greeting cards or initiate contact with people you have worked with in the past or haven’t spoken to for awhile. Find a creative way to let people know what you are searching for.
Finally, use this time to prepare for the upcoming peak in job recruitment that occurs when everyone returns to work in January. Solicit the help of career professionals during a time when they may not be as busy and put an action plan into place for the upcoming year. You do not want to be caught unprepared (or slow out of the starting gate) when great opportunities are posted in January.
Wishing you a fulfilling holiday season!