Contrary to popular belief, there are a number of reasons why Christmas is actually a great time to start getting your CV out to potential employers.

Christmas is a special time of year. Everyone’s feeling jolly and festive, there are celebrations aplenty and we’re all gearing up for some much-needed time off with loved ones.

With everyone a bit distracted over the holidays, many of us assume that Christmas is a terrible time to start looking for a new job. Contrary to popular belief however, there are a number of reasons why this can actually be a great time to start getting your CV out to potential employers.

Less competition

The vast majority of people put their job search on hold over Christmas which means you have a fantastic opportunity to use this time to get ahead of the competition. You’re far more likely to stand out if recruiters don’t have hundreds of other candidates vying for their attention.

Companies have more time

Unless you’re approaching a seasonal organisation that’s particularly busy around the festive period, most companies do start to wind down just before Christmas. With everyone’s workloads lighter than usual, hiring managers are often easier to reach at this time of year.

Take this opportunity to present yourself to your dream employer because if they’ve got time to spare, they’re far more likely to give you a chance. If you wait until the New Year when new projects are starting and everyone’s trying to clear their inbox, your application is simply going to get lost at the bottom of a big pile of work.

They may be actively recruiting

Companies that run their budget based on the calendar year often have hiring budget to use up before the end of the year. As a result, they may actually be ramping up their recruitment efforts at this time of year so it’s well worth keeping an eye out for new job postings.

What’s more, this is a popular time of year for people to leave their jobs. As well as having an extended Christmas break, a lot of us like to make a fresh start in the New Year. Even if you don’t see companies advertising vacancies, it’s worth contacting them to let them know you’re available just in case.

Avoid the January rush

We have a lot of time to think over the Christmas holidays and the New Year is an incredibly popular time for people to start applying for new jobs. With a huge rush of job seekers at this time, it means that it’s so easy for your application to get lost. If you get in early before the New Year, employers are far more likely to remember you because you will have stood out at the time.

If you’re looking for a new job this Christmas, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Alpha and we will be more than happy to help. Alternatively, if you’re an employer looking to hire before the New Year, our qualified consultants are on hand to help you find top quality candidates for your organisation.