Job Hunting During the Holidays

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Traditional thinking says pounding the pavement during the holiday season will leave you out in the cold. Dennis Nishi at the The Wall Street Journal disagrees. His article “Holiday Job Hunting” is a how-to guide to scoring employment at the most wonderful time of the year.

It turns out that contacting hiring managers in December—especially between Christmas and New Year’s Day—can pay dividends. During that time people are typically working in a quieter office and have more time to make connections via phone or plan a lunch appointment. They’re also getting fewer emails. “You’re not competing with the regular rush of business,” says Laurie Ruettimann, a human-resources consultant, from Raleigh, North Carolina. “Just remember that many people work half days during the holidays or may work from home.”

Here are a few other tips from Ruettiman to help in your holiday hunt.

  1. Connect with potential employers by participating in professional events or service opportunities.
  2. Have your interview answers memorized so you’re ready to sell yourself on the spot.
  3. Ensure your social-media profiles are ready for on-the-spot inspection.
  4. Don’t send a gift (even a small one) with your résumé—it makes things awkward for the hiring manager.

Read more about searching for a job during the holiday season in The Wall Street Journal.