The holidays can be a tough time of year, especially for those of us who are searching for a new job.
To make matters worse, the harsh reality is that some job opportunities simply fall through the cracks in this season.
I’m pretty sure that’s what happened with a recent job prospect. Shortly before Thanksgiving, I was brought in for an in-person interview. It went well. I followed up two weeks later, as requested, and it took almost a week to get a vague “you’re still in the queue” response. Fast forward to the Christmas holidays and I’m still treading water.
It’s not looking good.
For the most part, I’ve given up any hope of them contacting me again. Of course, that won’t stop me from obsessively refreshing my email for the first two weeks of January, hoping the hiring manager will reach out to offer a second interview.
This holiday drought is brutal.
If you have any doubts about things slowing down this time of year, check the job boards. Postings have dwindled in the last week, and I have not had any new listings in my searches for several days. In fact, I’ve applied to just two jobs in all of December. Both are senior-level positions that I am insanely qualified for.
I have yet to hear from either one.
The slowdown is understandable. And those of us who are looking this time of year have stumbled upon dumb luck. The big questions: Will they remember us once the new year arrives? Will our resumes rise to the top? Will our names ring familiar?
Time will tell.