Image of a woman and a man shaking hands and smilingIt may not seem like it, but the end of the year and holiday season is a great time to look for employment. We share reasons why a job search at the end of the year may be more successful and tips that may help you land an interview or a job.

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Holiday Rush: Job Searching at the End of the Year

Nov 27, 2017

Image of a woman and a man shaking hands and smilingAs the end of the year approaches, many people put their job searches on hold until after the holiday season thinking that businesses and hiring slow down. Nothing could be further from the truth. There are two very good reasons not to take a break from your job hunt:

  1. While some businesses do close for a few days during the holidays, most will continue to operate. In other words, work still has to be done and hiring is part of that work. In addition to the press of regular business, some companies have budget factors that motivate them to fill positions before the end of the year. Others may feel pressure to make sure their teams are in place and ready to go once the new year starts.
  2. You will have less competition! While other people take time off from their searches, your phone calls, messages and resume may get more attention and lead to an interview.

In 'Tis the Season to Try Seasonal Work, we discovered how seasonal jobs may help you on your path to full-time employment. Today, we're sharing advice on finding permanent, full-time employment during the holiday season.

Tips for your job search during the holidays

Network. Holiday and other end-of-year events are a great time to reconnect with your contacts and meet new people. Attending these events and talking about your job search may help you make the right connection and find job leads. When you attend events, consider taking a pen and notepad with you — or charge up your cell phone — so you can save new contacts' information and follow up with them about leads and ideas after the event.

Volunteer. At any time of year, volunteering can offer you the chance to build your work experience and expand your professional network. During the holidays, many people seek out community service activities. Lending your time to organizations at this time of year may offer you the chance to meet more people, many of whom may know of job opportunities you'd be perfect for.

Be flexible and patient. While employers may be highly motivated to hire new employees at this time of year, their schedules can get busy. Between end-of-year meetings, planning for the coming year, holiday and family events and shopping — hiring managers may struggle to get everything done before the year ends. Keep this in mind and try to be ready. Having resumes already printed and an interview outfit ready may help you feel comfortable accepting a last-minute interview offer. If you land an interview, it may take some extra time afterwards to hear back. Following up with a thank-you note after your interview will help you stand out.

Ticket to Work

No matter the time of year, Social Security's Ticket to Work (Ticket) program may be able to help you along the path to work. The Ticket program supports career development for people ages 18 through 64 who receive Social Security disability benefits (SSI or SSDI) and want to work. This free and voluntary program helps people with disabilities move toward financial independence and connects them with services and support to succeed in the workforce.

If you're looking for permanent work during the holiday season, check in with your Employment Network (EN) — or assign your Ticket with an EN or other service provider — to find help searching for job openings, editing your resume and preparing for interviews.

Learn more

You can call the Ticket to Work Help Line at 866-968-7842 or 866-833-2967 (TTY) Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET. Ask a representative to send you a list of service providers or find providers on your own with the Ticket program Find Help tool.

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