As Christmas and New Years arrive, the common myth that companies don’t hire during this time still circulates. It is so untrue that companies don’t hire right now. We are in a down economy and it is Christmas time and companies are still hiring for thousands of positions every day.
Don’t let the season get you down. There may be more companies that choose to limit or hold off on hiring during this period, than any other period of the year, but there are still jobs out there. Just look at places like LinkedIn and the career websites and you will see that there are still many, many jobs out there.
Don’t let your own biases and beliefs of how much hiring is happening during this time of year effect your ability to get a job. You may be convinced that you can’t get a job during this time. That mental attitude is going to hurt you in your job search. This is not the time to give up just because the holidays are here. Instead, use this time, when other people may be thinking like you do, to get out there and beat the competition. Use this misperception about the holidays in your favor and start getting your resume out there to the companies that are hiring right now.
Even if you cannot get your dream replacement job, there may still be some seasonal work available for the next couple of weeks. Many retail establishments hire extra personnel to work during the Christmas season on into the beginning of January to help with the many Christmas returns. This may not be your dream job, but it will help to keep your mind off of the real job search and it will help pay the bills.
I know that we sometimes don’t want to stoop to a low level job when we are used to a much higher paying one that is accompanied by some prestige. It can be a blow to your ego. But, you need to let your ego go for a time and do what is necessary. And it may be necessary for you to just work through the holidays. It will help your wallet and your psychological need to work.
I hold a bachelors degree with a double major and I hold two masters degrees including an MBA and during my period of unemployment I have had to work on a limited basis as the most highly educated data entry person on the planet. Just entering data into a computer system, so other people could do real work with it. Humiliating? Not at all. It helped me to remember that I can be valuable and it felt good to work again, even if it was just doing data entry.
You too may need to approach this season in this same manner. Get working, just to fulfill your need to work.