If you are actively pursuing a new opportunity, the above is one bad thought process. (No presents for you!) I can tell you from personal knowledge that companies are hiring and that there are, in fact, many jobs that have gone unfilled for long periods of time. And these jobs are not all oil rig opportunities in the Congo.Yes, some open positions are those in which an employer is demanding a fully-trained, Mensa-qualified, low-maintenance, inexpensive individual who will be understand the job and be productive from day one – in other words, an employee that does not exist in human form. And other positions are open long-term due to a difficult location, narrow skill set requirements, and/or salary issues. But there are also prime, desirable positions that will open up in December and be filled almost immediately. These are the positions you cannot afford to miss due to time-consuming Christmas shopping.
It has been my experience that many companies develop their annual plans in the September/October time frame (Don’t have a plan yet? Better get to it). The final plan is in place by late November so that each manager can begin executing his/her piece of the plan. The forward-looking manager may well begin processing new 2012 staffing plans right about now. As an example, if you are a sales manager and your 2012 plan calls for an additional salesperson, would you begin to recruit in January or February? Not if you want a shot at a full year of benefit. The smart manager will be recruiting now for a Christmas hire and a January 1 start.At Ward & Associates, we have seen an uptick in phone activity in the recent month. There have been inquiries as to the availability of candidates capable of being controllers, manufacturing managers, IT managers, sales support, and quality control managers. It would appear that companies are either actively looking for specific candidates or are planning to do so very soon. It is in your best interest that companies who may be hiring know you exist. Be ready with a resume when an employer or a recruiter calls. Continue all avenues of personal networking. Make lots of phone calls.
You may be some employer’s January 1 new hire, but not if you are taking a month-long holiday from your job search.