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12/22/2015
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3 Reasons To Step Up Your Tech Job Hunt Over The Holidays

Despite all the lavish parties and generous vacation time given at many tech companies this time of year, surprisingly, there are hiring managers who like to review resumes over the holidays, according to one recruiting expert.

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Tech companies are known for their generous vacation policies this time of year. Because of this, some job seekers suspend their search over the holidays. But there are at least three good reasons to get your resume out there anyway, says one tech recruiting expert.

"Tech workers shouldn't be deterred by the job search throughout the holidays, especially since many other job seekers decide that employers will not be actively hiring," said John Reed, senior executive director for recruiting firm Robert Half Technology.

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He noted that there are three reasons why job seekers should still move ahead with the hunt over the holidays:

  • Although vacations are happening, it is a good time to get your resume out to employers and have the potential to stand out during a slow time.
  • Another benefit to securing a new job at the end of the year is that it allows you to start the New Year in your new job.
  • CIOs are looking to hire by the end of the year. In survey of 2,500 CIOs from 25 major US markets, Robert Half Technology found 22% of CIOs expected to hire for new roles or fill existing ones throughout the end of year, which, of course, includes the holiday season.

Supporting Reed's point on year-end hiring, a report on TheLadders.com notes that there may be added pressure on hiring managers to fill vacant slots before the end of the year, while there is funding allocated in the budget. One executive cited in the report noted he has even interviewed job candidates on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

(Image: Erik Khalitov/iStockphoto)

(Image: Erik Khalitov/iStockphoto)

"While it may be assumed that hiring plans halt during the holiday season, the truth is, business needs will surpass timing and hires are made as needed," Reed said.

He added that job seekers should not be discouraged if they're looking for a job during the holiday season. After all, hiring managers and other professionals are just as productive during this time. In a recent Robert Half survey of 1,000 US workers employed in an office environment, 79% of them expected to be somewhat or very productive during the holidays.

"This is a wonderful time to tie loose ends at work and get things done that may have fallen to the bottom of the to-do lists," Reed said. That list may well include reviewing the stack of resumes that have been piling up on the desk.

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Dawn Kawamoto is an Associate Editor for Dark Reading, where she covers cybersecurity news and trends. She is an award-winning journalist who has written and edited technology, management, leadership, career, finance, and innovation stories for such publications as CNET's ... View Full Bio
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12/23/2015 | 11:30:34 AM
Re: Job Seeking and The Holidays
You don't need to assume people looking for jobs are unemployed. My husband has been looking to make a move to get us into a better job market and closer to family, but he had a good full time job, just not where we wanted to be.

He found a good opportunity shortly before the holidays, but if he hadn't he would have had to choose to continue searching everyday, submitting resumes, and working on sample projects for two interested companies or actually taking a break and relaxing and enjoying the family while off work for a awhile.  I completely understand why someone would want a break when the Holidays are whizzing by with family and celebrations and gifts to buy and play with.

But if you haven't found something, as stressful as looking for a job can get, if you want to make a change, keep looking over the Holidays, you never know when the right opportunity with present itself. (Which could be a great present for your whole family.)
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12/23/2015 | 11:12:06 AM
Re: Job Seeking and The Holidays
I agree. People should apply.  But, expect a slow response.  This is a slow time for everyone.  I think the slow month is  a good time to get extra training under your belt and start planning for a new strategy for the upcoming year.  This slow month could be a time for reflection on other areas of the job hunt which could be improve.
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12/22/2015 | 2:35:50 PM
Job Seeking and The Holidays

I don't understand why anyone needs to be encouraged to submit resumes if they are unemployed at the moment. 

The holidays are typically slow hiring months for tech, but that shouldn't stop those looking for employment.

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