Many people say that now is the time to actually rev up your job search rather than put it on hold. The end of the year can be a particularly good time to seek out employment opportunities, network and submit applications with reduced competition. Employers want to start the new year off fully staffed and with the ability to reach their upcoming year's goals. Managers know their budget for next year and are interviewing now to make hiring decisions by the end of 2014.
Don't assume that everyone is already out on vacation and in holiday la-la world, either. According to AOL jobs, 79% percent of recruiters said the number of employed executives who return calls increases or holds steady throughout the holidays.
So remember - hiring managers are paying attention and you're more likely to have less competition if you get on the ball, rather than stall, the job search. Be sure your resume is tailored to the opportunities available and that your cover letter boasts relevant keywords.
And don't forget about the increase in networking opportunities around the holidays! It's a perfect opportunity to follow up with old colleagues, friends and acquaintances to wish them a happy holiday and see what's new. Generally, people are in good spirits around this time and more likely to help or lend advice as well.
Just think - while others are buried in Christmas shopping and cookie baking, you could be taking advantage of this job searching opportunity!