If you think December is a time to take a break from your job search, you may want to think again.
While it’s true that hiring drops dramatically in December, this is mostly because job seekers are buying into the following attitudes, which may or may not be accurate!
- Nobody will be hiring during the holidays.
- I’m too busy. I don’t want to add applications and interviews to my list.
- Everyone’s taking vacation. I’ll take a break, too!
These attitudes can be especially tempting for therapists. With the hustle and bustle of personally preparing for the holidays, in addition to working and helping out with holiday coverage needs, most therapists seeking new jobs choose to take a break during the holidays and resume their job search in January. However, continuing to apply for jobs in December might give you a distinct advantage.
However, as Mary Eileen Williams, a nationally certified career counselor, points out in this article, job seekers should look at the month of December as the perfect time to grab the attention of employers. December offers you a chance to get a jump on your job search while others may be putting it on the back burner. In addition, the holidays provide numerous opportunities to network and build connections. Take advantage of the season to broaden your networking circle: attend community and industry gatherings, reconnect with old friends and families with a Christmas card or letter, and make time to volunteer with the organizations that you love.
Here at myPTsolutions, requests for help finding new talent actually increases during December because planning for holiday vacations brings hiring new employees to the top of most rehab director’s wish lists! Visit our job search page or contact us today to investigate your options.