Is “The Most Wonderful Time Of the Year” the best time of the year for job hunting?

Your Holiday Job Hunt

Pretty soon you’ll be hearing Andy Williams singing “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of the Year” on your radio and in shopping malls across America. The Holiday season is also the most wonderful time of the year to make contacts for  your job search. So don’t defer or take a time out from your job finding campaign until after the Holidays.

That’s the word from career consultant Marilyn Clague who advises that the weeks of November through the New Year are a once-a-year opportunity to meet people you wouldn’t ordinarily have a chance to meet. Marilyn advises the season to be jolly is not the time to slack-off on your job search. “Yet lots of job-hunters think because everybody goes away over the Holidays, why bother?”

Clague contends it’s a mistake not to move forward with your job-search from Thanksgiving, through Christmas, and Hanukkah. “November through early January is traditionally the best time for making contacts and interviewing,” she says. That’s because companies are preparing for January when there’s traditionally more hiring.

Clague concedes the pace is a bit slower after Thanksgiving because some of your contacts will be out of town. “But those left behind often don’t have as many things to do, and might be quite happy to talk to you or have you stop by and visit,” says the career counselor.

Budgets start in January. Therefore, November and December are the best times of the year for interviewing. When it comes to Holiday hunting, the career counselor sums it up this way: “Always remember the job-search is a job in itself. So you shouldn’t slack off.”

Speaking of budgets, don’t feel embarrased if you’re out of work and cannot afford the kind of Holiday gifts you’d like to give. Read this related article on Your Career Service about “gifts job hunters can give at no cost.” 

So keep on keeping on with your job hunt—and gift making—between right now and New Years Eve.

You’ll find  a multitude of game-changing techniques to help you launch and conduct a successful job-finding campaign in my book, Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach. If you know someone who is out there looking for work, consider giving Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach as a much-appreciated Holiday gift.


Copyright ©2016 by Ransom (Randy) Place

About the Author

RANDY PLACE IS A JOB-FINDING and executive coach, writer on career topics, broadcaster, and host of For twenty-three years, he helped thousands of employees who had been let go from JPMorgan Chase find jobs. And he coached executives at CBS Television, Pitney Bowes, and major outplacement firms in New York on job-finding techniques, communications skills, and selling strategies. An accomplished seminar leader and speaker, Randy has designed and presented workshops on interviewing, telephoning techniques, job-search writing, and sales training nationwide. Randy's groundbreaking nationally syndicated radio series, Your Career Service, has been heard on over two hundred radio stations across the United States. And his articles on career topics have appeared in the Wall Street Journal's National Business Employment Weekly. A former broadcast journalist in New York, he has also been a commercial spokesperson for an array of national and regional advertisers. In addition, Randy was a sales executive at NBC Radio and the New York City sales manager for syndication at Wolper Productions. He holds a Bachelor's in Sociology and Broadcasting from Syracuse University, and a Master's in Journalism from New York University.