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Feeling discouraged by your holiday job search for 2023? Don’t fret – this time of year can actually be an excellent opportunity to gain an advantage in your quest for employment. According to Susan P. Joyce, the publisher of Job-Hunt.org, January can be the toughest, most competitive, and crowded month in the job market. Why? Because many job seekers tend to put their search on hold during December.

As the year winds down, recruitment efforts and candidate searches tend to decline. However, this presents a golden chance for those who are willing to continue their job hunt during the holiday season. By beating the rush, you might just secure a job before the year’s end. While it may be tempting to take a break from your job search during the holidays, remember that hiring doesn’t come to a halt, and neither should you.

Here are some tips to maximize your holiday job search:

Tip #1: Be Flexible End-of-year budgets often lead some companies to rush to fill positions that might otherwise be eliminated. Others are planning for new positions in January. This means hiring managers are busy, and you may need to be more flexible to secure an interview. Be open to coffee meetings, weekend appointments, or after-hours interviews to accommodate the hectic holiday schedules of hiring managers.

Tip #2: Build Your Resume Use your holiday downtime to give back to the community and enhance your resume simultaneously. Volunteer opportunities and charity needs are abundant during the holiday season. Research organizations in need of help and dedicate some of your free time to volunteering. You never know, you might cross paths with a hiring manager while volunteering at a holiday charity event.

Tip #3: Reconnect If you find yourself unemployed during the holidays, attending numerous gatherings where your job situation becomes a topic of conversation may be daunting. Instead, use these holiday parties as networking opportunities. Share what you’re looking for and how you’ve remained productive during your job search. See if you can assist someone else in their current situation. Utilize holiday cards to reconnect with old friends, include a personal message, and express gratitude to those who have supported you throughout the year.

Tip #4: The Magic Week In a recent Forbes article, the week between Christmas and New Year’s was dubbed the “Magic Week.” During this time, middle managers often take vacation, while executives are typically still in the office. This creates a unique opportunity to directly reach decision-makers and connect with key individuals in organizations.

By following these tips and staying committed to your job search during the holiday season, you can increase your chances of landing that coveted job opportunity in 2023. Don’t let the festivities deter you; keep your job hunt on track and make the most of this advantageous time.