How to survive the festive slowdown in terms of hiring

While it is true that hiring does tend to slow down the closer to Christmas you come, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t use the Christmas period to explore the next steps in your career. There are plenty of reasons why you should continue your job search over the festive period, and implementing them could be the difference between you securing your dream role or not. We asked Lisa Pfitzner, Testing and QA Consultant at Progressive Recruitment, about her Top Tips on how to survive the festive slowdown in terms of hiring…


  • Reach out to/keep in touch with recruiters before the Christmas period…

Establishing a relationship with a recruiter or recruiters before people go on leave for the holidays sets you up for a productive start in the New Year. This will save you time come January searching for a relevant recruiter who knows your market. Also, contrary to popular belief, not all recruiters are slowing down their recruiting processes as soon as it hits December! Many are working right up until the break trying to close deals, as well as the few who are even doing some work over the holidays. You’d be surprised how much of a rapport you can build up with someone over a short space of time, and so my advice would be to never underestimate the power of reaching out and networking – you never know where or who it might lead you to!

  • Keep applying and searching as often as you can…

Did you know that according to SEEK, 75% of Australians who are currently searching for a new job have been looking for up to 6 months? With this in mind, it makes sense that you should keep actively looking and applying for jobs, even over the festive period. If you’re not at that stage or feel you’re not hearing anything back due to hiring managers/recruiters being on leave, then you can still start making some proactive steps to help you in your career search. This may be by way of updating your resume, drafting cover letters or updating your LinkedIn to ensure you’re at the optimal position to achieve that new role. Taking on board the long interim period most job seekers are facing between roles, it makes sense not to completely take the holidays off in terms of your job search.

  • Make yourself available…

Flexibility is an undeniably attractive quality in any potential candidate. By making yourself flexible, especially in the run up to and during the Christmas holidays, you’re not only giving yourself the best possible chance of success, but also giving a recruiter/hiring manager the impression that you’re highly motivated and ready to start work. Obviously most people will have prior commitments and plans for over the seasonal break, but it could be as simple as answering that phone call, checking your emails or replying to that InMail which could make all the difference and give you that competitive advantage. With 46% of Australians feeling that job hunting gets harder the longer you look, making yourself available and being that bit more flexible could possibly shorten this process and reduce the time you spend looking in the New Year.

  • Get ahead of the competition…

While it is definitely beneficial to keep motivated in your job search throughout the Christmas holidays, this doesn’t mean that everyone follows this practice. Many candidates don’t or can’t keep up with the efforts required to secure a new role over the festive period. You should use this to your advantage, and be proactive by networking, up skilling yourself (which could be as simple as taking a LinkedIn learning course or watching a webinar), applying or even interviewing prior to that January rush, when competition is rife. January is one of the busiest times for job hunting, with many people coming back after Christmas with that ‘’New Year, New Job’’ mentality. Take this chance to get ahead of the crowd, and make that application or connect with that recruiter, so that even if you don’t hear anything back you have taken that initial step and will more than likely receive an update when business resumes as usual in January.


If you found this article interesting and would like to find out more about taking the next step in your career, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at the following contact details –

Progressive Recruitment

+61 (0) 2 9285 1000

[email protected]

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