Everyone says, “New Year, New me!” And, sure, it’s a nice thought, a good way to start your goals in motion, and stay motivated. But, why wait until January to get moving on those goals? Let’s be real. There’s nothing magical about January 1st. And, being on top of your game in the month of December can set you apart from other candidates against whom you’re competing for that perfect job.
In any job search, it is imperative that the hiring manager knows that you want the job. This isn’t just for sales people. I can’t stress enough how important it is to let the hiring manager know that you want the job and why you’re the best fit. This is where passion comes into play. There may be many qualified applicants, but YOU are the one who is passionate and who wants to do the job.
The month of December is a crazy time for just about anyone, including the hiring managers. Throw in the fact that many of us working parents have to be Santa Claus, Rachael Ray, and Martha Stewart all rolled into one, and little time is left for a job search. However, if you see a position that is the right move for you, and for your family, you need to make time. Talk it over with your family and friends, find ways to creatively get your other duties done while you make yourself available to interview, take personality assessments, and research the company. As a recruiter, I will tell you that this goes a long way. I’ve had candidates tell me they just “can’t” interview for at least 2 weeks. What I don’t tell them is that there is someone else who WILL interview over those next 2 weeks. They’ll end up further ahead in the process and will likely get the offer over the unavailable candidate. Sorry, but its’ true.
Following up shows that you’re interested and that this particular job is important to you. You don’t want to pester the hiring manager, but thoughtful check-ins on a weekly basis are a great idea. It doesn’t take much to let the hiring manager know that, although it’s a busy time of year, this particular opportunity is a priority for you. Perhaps you could even add a snippet to that email about a recent news article or something that you’ve recently done that relates directly to the role (and why you’re an amazing fit for it).
Yes, the end of the year is busy. Many companies’ fiscal years close with the calendar year, so that adds to the craziness. But, showing your interest and reliability in crazy times will set you apart from the competition. Taking some time now will indeed result in a new you in the New Year!