Many of my clients, friends, and acquaintances ask how the hiring process works over the holidays. Of course many hiring managers are off and away during the holiday season, and some (but very few) companies close their doors between Christmas and New Years. So, do you search for a job among the hustle and bustle, candle lighting, tree trimming, heavy travel time of year?

Absolutely! I had many candidates pass on interviews and lose out on jobs because they had family in town, and guess what? The candidates who were available got the job! Companies are looking at budgets and headcounts for the following year. People resign around the clock. Companies assess how they are doing and realize that they are looking for more people the following calendar year. If you really want to stand out and make a difference, leave Uncle Johnny and Aunt Susie at home for a few (or better yet, drop them at the mall), and go spend an hour in an interview. It will set you apart from the competition and really make a strong impact! Be the one who is available. Your competition is traveling, shopping, and baking!

As an aside, temporary help is at an all time high during the holidays, and is great for a little extra cash!