With Christmas only weeks away you’d be forgiven for thinking that it’s too late to apply for jobs. I’ve heard it a million times and from all types of job seekers, “there’s no point applying for jobs so close to Christmas, I’ll start looking again in January!”
Like all great misconceptions it even seems logical. With the arrival of the Christmas markets, mulled wine and enough mince pies to sink a ship the party atmosphere is palpable. Apart from the obvious rush to buy presents, employees across the nation inevitably start to wind down!
Whilst this may be true for employees; employers on the other hand still have vacancies open and the rush is on to fill them!
Here are 3 reasons why Christmas can still be a great time to look for a job!
1. Temporary jobs ahoy – There’s no denying that a lot of Christmas jobs are temporary, but that’s great if your just coming back from uni or need a little extra cash to top up your earnings. The big employers for temp jobs over Christmas will be the retail sector, cafes, pubs, clubs and restaurants, so get out there are start approaching employers directly!
2. The jobs are out there but less people are biting – A quick search of job boards and recruiters will show you that there are still plenty of vacancies out there. The bonus is that there is less competition as everyone thinks that applying for a job at Christmas time is pointless. Buck the trend and get your application in as you’ll certainly be up against less competition!
3. Apply now and interview before Christmas – Even now employers are hoping to squeeze in some last minute interviews before the Christmas shutdown. January often sees big development drives, new strategies or budgets and employers will want to get the ball rolling, as soon as possible. You never know, if you’re quick you may even interview and hear back before Christmas and then your crimbo partying can start in earnest!
Have you been putting off applying till the New Year? Or, have you bucked the trend and managed to get a job over the Christmas period?
Join the discussion and let us know in the comments below!