The holidays are busy—and we’re not just talking about the actual event planning, gift giving, final exams, and traveling that goes into the season. For businesses, the holidays are a time of year-end reports, financial statements, and 20__ planning.
But if you want to get ahead in the job search, you have to be willing to work when others can’t manage to juggle their schedules.
Here are four reasons that applying for a job or internship during the holidays is actually one of the best times to do it.
1. Less Competition
Because people think that no one is working (or hiring) when the holiday season is in full swing, they’re less likely to apply. So, it makes sense that if you’re getting busy while they’re staying still, you’re more likely to get your application reviewed in the meantime. Plenty of work happens between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, trust us. Some companies may go on a holiday hiring freeze. But, hey, you only need one job offer that you like, right?
2. Holiday Networking
Family friends, relatives, and neighbors all make excellent resources for networking. Holiday parties are the perfect opportunity to connect with people in an industry you’re interested in. Benefit from 18+ years of being a child in their eyes and let them know that you’re ready to take on a serious internship or your first full-time role. Connections can get you in the door—and the rest is up to you.
3. Getting Sorted For The New Year (And New Semester)
What better way to enjoy your senior spring (or just the first few weeks of the new year) than knowing that your not-so-distant future is all set? Yes, the job search can take time, but getting your apps in while most job-seeking people are slacking might give you the perfect opportunity to get interviewed and hired FAST.
4. More Temporary And Internship Opportunities
The beginning and end of the year are particularly busy times for businesses. They’re either dealing with new business or settling old business. Either way, the need for temporary or internship-type roles arises quickly. That means now is the time to strike. If you impress the socks off your boss, you could be looking at your first full-time job offer in a couple months. Either way, it’s great for the resume and will tide you over to the next thing.
5. This Whole Job Search Thing Might Take A While
It might seem early to start looking for a job or internship that starts in May, June, July, or even later, but most companies don’t want to wait. Many of the most desirable companies to work for start their search for talent very early. And that means you have to start looking early, too.
There are ways to speed up the process, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
So, enjoy the festivities and celebrations. But remember, ’tis the season for more than just presents.