Is It Really The Wrong Time To Look For Work?

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While I can understand why some may think the period between Thanksgiving and New Years is not a good time to job hunt, I’ve always questioned this belief.

So, I went to the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. I found during 2016, 2017 and 2018 December employment increased 156,000, 148,000 and 312,000.

Lest you think all of the December employment increases were hired in November, I also found 2018 and 2019 January employment increased 200,000 and 304,000. (See chart below)

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Another source of job openings that is not reflected in the numbers above is employee attrition. Employees leave or retire. Frequently, these are must-fill positions that cannot be eliminated.

That is how I got my last position at my former employer. My predecessor in that role was retiring and that left an open position for me.

So, don’t be discouraged when others say there are no opportunities in December.

Let them think that.

Then pursue your dream jobs and take advantage of the reduced competition.


Clark Finnical is a Career Expert and author. Clark’s first book, Job Hunting Secrets (from someone who’s been there), was published in 2017. LinkedIn Strategies to Take Your Career to the Next Level was published last year.


For more info on Nonfarm Payroll Employment Increases See the Bureau of Labor Statistics at

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