High Hiring Season Approaches for Job Seekers who are Prepared

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Set aside the eggnog and be ready for employers ready to interview and hire new talent. Take advantage of pent up hiring demand.

Contrary to common belief, now is the time to begin conducting a job search. Those people seeking new employment should consider this season a golden opportunity to experience success in the job market.

In keeping with a seasonal pattern, the number of job applicants is at its lowest point during the last two months of the year, and it's especially low in December. "Holiday celebrations will ease competition in the job market, keeping hobby job seekers and those less determined busy," says Bill Potter, Director of http://www.betterjobsearch.com, a national employment site.

Experts say that low competition, however, is not the only reason why job seekers are more likely than ever to break through in December. Employers who place job ads in the low season, always have a serious reason to do so. "If a company needs someone to replace a secretary retiring next April, it isn't going to search in December, when people are more likely to sing carols than read job ads," Potter said. "The openings in December are all emergency openings, whereas during the rest of the year, it's hard to judge advertisers' seriousness by merely reading an ad."

Tim McCoy of River Oaks Resume Service in Chicago points out another common reason for companies to advertise openings in the low season. "Companies entering a new fiscal year on January 1 may have positions newly budgeted, and you can be sure that many of them will still be looking for appropriate candidates in the hope that they can find someone before the end of the year." McCoy said. "Such companies are now more likely then at any other time to reward a person's determination and availability."

Job columnist Thomas Kane also mentions that the low season in job searching coincides with the end of fourth quarter, which is typically a slower time for many companies. "Job seekers who begin the initial screening process in December are at a distinct advantage, and have a much greater chance of beginning the new year with a brand new position," Kane said. "If you put off your search until after the new year, the averages suggest that it could easily be anywhere between April and June before you've found employment."

For those, who haven't located "The Big Job" this year, there is a great month ahead.

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