3 reasons why you shouldn’t abandon your job search in December

You’re thinking about gracefully leaving your company soon in an effort to finally reinvent yourself for the new year, but doubt has set in.

So after scouring job posting websites for weeks on end, the holidays come around and your hunt comes to a screeching halt.

Is December really the right time to look?

While it would be much easier to sit back, relax, and worry about finding a new position once it’s officially 2018, here’s why that might not be the best approach.

You can kill two birds with one stone at social events

Networking is always a good idea, so take advantage of holiday gatherings.

Accounting Principals senior vice president Kathy Gans told Business Insider about how this can work in your favor.

“The holiday season is filled with holiday parties and events, which makes it the perfect time of year to network… Fellow party-goers may be willing to put you in touch with potential connections,” she told the site.


There might be more openings than you think

You never know. Why stop now?

Nancy Collamer, a career coach, speaker, author and blogger for NextAvenue.org, writes in Forbes that in December, “vacancies occur soon after some people receive year-end bonuses and quit.”

“Employers are then often left scrambling to fill these openings,” she writes. “As a former HR manager, I can tell you that trying to bring on new staffers rather than taking time off for the holidays was a royal pain in the neck. I tended to fill those vacancies with more urgency (and a bit less caution) than at other times of the year.”

You might just beat others to the chase

Bree Silveira, sales recruiter at Glassdoor, told the site about this idea.

“The job market notoriously slows down during the holidays because lots of people are planning family vacations and trips home and are not looking to make a move until after the New Year. By staying active during this time, you are staying ahead of the competition. December is the time to take advantage of and get in front of hiring in January when companies get their new hiring budgets,” she said.

When you choose to apply is ultimately up to you, but keep in mind that just because it’s the end of the year, that doesn’t mean that you should stop your job search.