Published in the
Orange County Register, Sunday, December 6, 1996
ON ORANGE COUNTY FIRMS
sees holidays as job-hunting season
Fred H. Paar
President, Paar & Associates
seekers assume that searching for a new position during the
holiday season is a waste of time.
November and December is a very important time to intensify your
search for a new career position.
that the holiday season is a poor time to look for a new position
is because the obvious signs of hiring; such as newspaper ads,
agency activity and activity of most personnel departments, slow
down during this time. Many companies actually close for a week or
behind the visible signs of employment activity (or lack of) the
decision-makers of these companies are making plans for the new
year. They are thinking about what kind of people that they will
need to implement and carry out these plans with the most success.
Will they be needing professionals in engineering ...
manufacturing ... sales ... administration ... operations ... ?
in hiring in January and February are the results of these plans.
This is also when there is the most competition for the new
positions because most people wait until January to begin their
search. Wouldn't it be better to make the contacts before there is
heavy competition, when the plans and needs are being formulated ?
This is the reason that marketing your professional value in the
"hidden job market" during the holiday season can gain
the best results in your search for your next career opportunity.
I can recall
past clients relating positive interviewing experiences including;
interviewing at a restaurant or hotel room because the company was
closed for the holidays; or being invited back to the company
office party on December 24th.
If you are
serious about finding a new career position, don't take a vacation
during the holiday season. Make contacts now where your special
skills and talents will be needed next year.